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ARAUJO, Enilma Marques  and  VASCONCELOS, Simão Dias. Biosafety in university laboratories: a case study at the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco. Rev. bras. saúde ocup. [online]. 2004, vol.29, n.110, pp.33-40. ISSN 0303-7657.

Although biosafety is a major responsibility of research and teaching laboratories, its promotion as a component of occupational health has received limited attention in Brazilian universities. Due to this necessity, this study aimed to analyze the procedures for individual and collective protection at the seven laboratories of the Mycology Department at the UFPE, applying questionnaires based on CTNBio criteria to the laboratory coordinators. Some flaws were detected, such as the lack of fire extinguishers, accident protocol register, emergency showers, and scant warning and educational posters for accident prevention in the labs. On the other hand, the correct storage of chemicals and adequate electrical/ hydraulic facilities were observed. The overall biosafety procedures at the laboratories analyzed were adequate. However, a deeper user's awareness and a stronger integration of biosafety as a daily practice in Biology courses at the UFPE are needed.

Keywords : fungi; opportunistic infections; individual protection; risks; occupational health.

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