Laboratory biosafety manual. 3rd edition (WHO); 2005


The third edition stresses throughout the importance of personal responsibility. New chapters have been added on risk assessment, safe use of recombinant DNA technology and transport of infectious materials. Recent world events have revealed new threats to public health through deliberate misuse and release of microbiological agents and toxins. The third edition therefore also introduces biosecurity concepts – the protection of microbiological assets from theft, loss or diversion, which could lead to the inappropriate use of these agents to cause public health harm. This edition also includes safety information from the 1997 WHO publication Safety in health-care laboratories (1). The third edition of the WHO Laboratory biosafety manual is a helpful reference and guide to nations that accept the challenge to develop and establish national codes of practice for securing microbiological assets, yet ensuring their availability for clinical, research and epidemiological purposes.