From: Samuella Sigmann <sigmannsb**At_Symbol_Here**APPSTATE.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] C&EN Safety Zone: Another biosafety lapse at CDC
Date: Wed, 31 Dec 2014 12:54:48 -0500
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Guess they better get that Lab Safety Chief in place quick.

On 12/31/2014 10:36 AM, Ralph Stuart wrote:

Another biosafety lapse at CDC
by Jyllian Kemsley

Early last week, news came out that the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention sent live virus internally to a lab not equipped to handle it. One technician was potentially exposed to the virus and is being monitored, but so far she is reportedly showing no signs of the disease.

Stuart Nichol, chief of the CDC's Viral Special Pathogens Branch, attributed the incident to human error, the New York Times reported.

Earlier this year, CDC "closed influenza and anthrax research sites and halted all biological materials shipments from its highest level containment labs following safety breaches that endangered dozens of employees," C&EN reported. The White House Office of Science & Technology Policy subsequently encouraged government and nongovernment labs to do a "safety stand-down" to review safety practices. Here's CDC's summary of the results of the stand-down.

Jyllian Kemsley | December 31, 2014 at 8:30 am | Categories: Featured, Government laboratories | URL:


We, the willing, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, for so long, with so little, we are now qualified to do everything with nothing.
Teresa Arnold

Samuella B. Sigmann, NRCC-CHO
Lecturer/Safety Committee Chair
A. R. Smith Department of Chemistry
Appalachian State University
525 Rivers Street
Boone, NC 28608
Phone: 828 262 2755
Fax: 828 262 6558

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