A free white paper from EH&E, Needham, Mass, an environmental engineering and consulting firm, may help biotechnology technicians and environmental health and safety personnel minimize risks of infection in the lab.

The paper, titled "Biosafety Review Key to Infection Control," outlines a key process designed to maintain safety for biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and research lab professionals. It provides implementation strategies for lab guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Exposure to infectious biological agents and development of new products from cells and tissues poses serious potential health risks for those who handle bacteria, viruses, and biological organisms during many routine cell and tissue culture techniques used in biotechnology and pharmaceutical labs.

The paper can be downloaded at www.eheinc.com/biosafety.htm, or call (800) 825-5343.