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4.3 No Personal Items in the Lab

Handling contact lenses and applying cosmetics, even Chapstick, is not permitted in any BSL-1 or BSL-2 lab area to prevent hand-to-face exposure to biohazardous agents.

Keep personal items away from your lab bench area to avoid the possibility of contaminating them (e.g., personal cell phones, backpacks, I-pods, car keys, pens, pencils, notebooks, calculators, laptop, tablet/Ipad, coat, hat, etc.).

Potentially contaminated items such as pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. that you use at your lab bench should remain there – do not take them to an office, your car, your home, etc. to avoid the possibility of fomite transmission of biohazardous agents.