Biological Safety Levels (BSL) are a series of protections relegated to the activities that take place in particular biological labs. They are individual safeguards designed to protect laboratory personnel, as well as the surrounding environment and community.
The following quick reference guide is filled with safety tips for laboratory personnel working in BSL Labs 1-4. In addition to safety guidelines, each BSL level includes examples of microrganisms commonly found within each laboratory designation.
✓ Acceptable laboratory practices for each BSL level
✓ Requirements for safety equipment for each BSL level
✓ Recommendations for facility construction and lab layout
✓ Organisms commonly associated with each BSL lab level