d. Caring for Uniforms. When possible, uniforms and laboratory coats should
be laundered at the working site. If that is not possible, special attention must be given
e. Eye Safety. An eye fountain or spray should be readily available in the event
of an accidental splash with a specimen or chemicals.
f. Obtaining Immunizations. A complete series and periodic boosters
for polio, typhus, and typhoid are recommended for parasitology workers.
1-12. DISPOSAL OF CONTAMINATED MATERIALS
All specimens should be considered to contain pathogenic organisms and treated
as such. Properly labeled waste containers and written instructions (SOP) for the
collection and disposition of the trash can waste must be carefully followed in the
laboratory. Below are some considerations in this area.
a. Slides. A large container filled to one-third to one-half capacity with a
disinfectant is convenient for the disposal of contaminated slides. When the container is
too full for the slides to be covered with disinfectant, it should be autoclaved and
b. Specimens. The recommended method of destroying unwanted samples is
incineration. Steam under pressure (autoclaving) is suggested if burning is not feasible.
c. Small Items. Applicator sticks, tongue depressors, pipettes, and other small
items may be discarded in the same container as the slides.
d. Spillage. When a specimen is spilled, the spillage must be soaked with a
disinfectant and allowed to stand for a time. Then the residue should be cleaned and
discarded as contaminated trash.
1-13. HANDLING OF HAZARDOUS REAGENTS
All chemicals in the laboratory must be considered poisonous, flammable,
corrosive, or any combination of the above. Distinct labels (such as "POISON" and
"FLAMMABLE") must be affixed to the respective containers. Work with chemicals
should be performed in a chemical fume hood. Some chemicals require special
attention. Read about these below: