A microbiology lab tests a variety of things for different reasons. Microbiology is the study of living organisms too small for us to see. These organisms affect every aspect of our lives. These organisms are bacteria, viruses, algae, fungi, and more. They are in the air, on our bodies, on our food, everywhere. Studying them keeps the public safe and healthy.
Because microbiology labs are constantly testing, they need to be monitored regularly, as well. They provide a vital service to the health and welfare of the public but these labs are not without risk. Some of the microbes that technicians are working with can cause serious infectious diseases. That, coupled with some of the chemicals and the types of equipment used, there can be any number of concerns.
So it is vital that microbiology labs are strictly monitored, regardless of what microbes they are looking at. The slightest mistake or mishap can be the cause of some serious health and safety issues. Guidelines and monitoring are in place to protect the public and the technicians working with these microbes. There are several organizations that are needed to educate, monitor, and assist.
There are different organizations that are needed to monitor microbiology labs. Some are government agencies while others are professional. These agencies send people out who have a full understanding of what is going on.
One of the government organizations is OSHA, or Occupational Safety and Health Administration. This is a federal organization, which means they set the standards that need to be followed. States can have their own guidelines for safety measures but they must go through the OSHA first for approval. An inspector can arrive at any time unannounced and if violations are found there can be severe penalties.
As a safety monitoring organization, they look at all types of protective gear used by technicians in these labs. Depending on what the individual labs are looking at, these safety measures can be very strict. However, they should be strict. If people are working with toxic, poisonous, or hazardous materials, then it is imperative they are all protected. Cross-contamination is also a concern, as is protecting the environment.
The EPA, or The Environmental Protection Agency, is an independent agency. The EPA works with each state as well as tribal and local governments and conducts environmental assessment, research, and provides education. They are responsible for maintaining and enforcing national standards under a variety of environmental laws. It can delegate the responsibilities to these states or tribal communities.
The EPA looks at the way substances are handled in the microbiology labs that can be a hazard to the environment. The need to look at how these substances are used, acquired, and disposed of. They need to consider if there are hazards to the environment, like wastewater, drinking water, air, and if there are going to be contaminants that will contribute to climate change.
It's a big job and covers a lot of ground. It is vital that the EPA are aware of how the microbiology labs are complying with the rules and regulations set out for them. Because not all labs are testing the same substances, these laws and regulations will vary. It’s important that each lab knows exactly what its procedures are to avoid any dangerous waste causing damage or illness.
The American Society for Microbiology is a non-profit professional organization. They are not a regulatory organization but are here for those who work and study in microbiology laboratories. What they do is their own research and provide these findings to organizations that do monitor labs in order to better educate everyone and set up solid safety standards and policies.
The ASM doesn’t just work at home. They also provide Global Public Health Programs (GPHP) that help countries around the world to deal with outbreaks of infectious disease. They offer training programs for their staff to make sure they are all competent and can provide the best service possible. They publish their findings in order to educate and to help the public understand what microbiology is all about.
The Changing Face of Microbiology
As you can imagine, the roles at these organizations and at the labs themselves are constantly changing and evolving. As new diseases or infections come to light, then these labs need to find out what they are and where they originated. That means that the bodies governing these labs need to be constantly updating and learning, as well. Newer safety guidelines need to be developed and implemented to make sure everyone is safe.
Because labs may be depending on funding, they need to justify their need and that means people providing funding want to ensure that policies and procedures are followed closely. Microbes are managed and characterized by using the Five I's (inoculation, incubation, isolation, inspection, and identification). This is used to locate, grow, observe and characterize microorganisms.
Not all of the steps are always needed. Nor are they needed to be done in this particular order. Often, the desired results can be found within a few steps. This will also depend on whether you have a specimen or need to grow microbes. Regulator monitoring needs to be consistent. This means what is happening in the lab and outside of the labs. Environmental monitoring is used to better understand environmental conditions, determine their quality, and establish parameters.
If your lab is near a lake or a public common area, then it is vital to know what the impact is from your lab. Samples can be gathered inside the lab and from the environment outside to better understand what and if changes are occurring. As the testing continuously changes, so will the impact and the need to monitor what is happening. It all changes very quickly which is why training and education are important to stay ahead of the game.
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