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Laboratory Materials and Biosafety Committee to Display at the 2006 Annual Meeting
The Laboratory Materials and Biosafety display at the 2005 Annual Meeting covered the importance of personal protective equipment and how it related to preventing cross-contamination. Information on the different biohazard levels, biohazard laboratory settings, and biosafety cabinets were presented as well as links to information on several biosafety programs. The goal of the display was to relay the importance of creating barriers, both personal and operational, to prevent cross-contamination.

The topic for the 2006 Annual Meeting will be prevention of occupational dermatitis. Occupational dermatitis involves any damage to the skin in a work-related environment that causes symptoms of dryness to severe burns. Allergic contact dermatitis and irritant contact dermatitis are two types of dermatitis most associated with occupational exposures. The display will focus on preventing skin contact with chemicals or other damaging agents by correct use of personal protective equipment and development of the proper hierarchy of controls.

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