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Biological Agents

This section describes the health and safety regime covering work with biological agents.

The main piece of legislation that applies to infections at work is The Ordinance on Safety and Health Protection at Work involving Biological Agents.

Micro-organisms are covered in this ordinance by the term biological agents. Biological agents shall mean micro-organisms, including those which have been genetically modified, cell cultures and humanopathogenous endoparasites, which may be able to provoke any infection, sensitizing or toxic effects in human beings.

Here you find Technical Rules for Biological Agents (TRBA) established by the Committee for Biological Agents (ABAS).

The Committee for Biological Agents (ABAS) has also passed a Position Paper on the "Laboratory Biosrisk Management Standard" on May 18, 2010. The paper includes the Annex "Correlation of current laws, ordinances and regulations of the CWA requirements".