2.1 Codes of practice

A code of practice describes the laboratory practices and procedures essential for implementing good (that is, safe) microbiological technique. The laboratory manager should use the code of practice to develop written descriptions of procedures that should be followed to perform work safely. This safety or operations manual should also identify known and potential hazards, and specify practices and procedures to minimize the risks associated with such hazards.

Specialized laboratory equipment should always be accompanied by, but can never replace, appropriate procedures and good microbiological technique.

The most important concepts to be included in codes of practice are outlined below. 

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