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Can I have a BSL2 laboratory at my high school?

While there is no formal certification process, a high school lab can attain BSL2 laboratory compliance.

Self-assessment and assurance must comply with the guidelines and practices described in the "Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories" published by CDC-NIH and in the "Laboratory Biosafety Manual" published by WHO

The essential elements of these required guidelines and practices are listed on page 23 of the Rulebook (restricted access, minimum Class 2, Type A safety cabinet, autoclave available, personal protective equipment (PPE includes lab coat, gloves, face protection) and supervised by a knowledgeable laboratory scientist. This lab should be dedicated only to the function of serving as a laboratory (i.e., not serving concurrently as a classroom and a laboratory.)

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