Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has determined that
human blood and all materials derived from or associated with
human blood are equivalent to Risk Group 2 pathogens and recommend
Universal Precautions/ Biosafety Level 2 containment.
It is important to understand that at this level
we are dealing with research, diagnostic or production activities
thought to pose little or minimal hazards to workers.
To date, these procedures and practices have been considered
sufficient to protect the work force.
The specific procedures, practices and facility
considerations which follow are to be used to prevent worker
exposure to blood and blood associated pathogenic microorganisms.