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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 www.cdc.gov/od/ohs/biosfty/biosfty.htm and in the "Laboratory Biosafety Manual" published by WHO www.who.int/csr/resources/publications/biosafety

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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