This appendix is taken from an IBC guidance document developed in 2012. It helps provide background on the issues surrounding multi-user labs as well as provides a little bit of additional guidance.
Background: In the 1990s laboratory design usually provided researchers with individual laboratories with a few common use areas. More recently and including with the opening of the Life Sciences Building, research facility designs have been moving toward an “open area” laboratory design which allows for greater collaboration between researchers and research programs and to make more efficient use of resources.
Purpose: The purpose of this guidance document is to present some recommendations for researchers to consider when sharing space and equipment and when conducting activities under BSL1 containment when assigned to work in a multi-room laboratory or animal suite where work is conducted by others under BSL2 containment.
Guidance: The following procedures are recommended for shared space and equipment usage:
1 Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories, 5th Edition, Revised December 2009.