Meta Description: Information required minimizing the global challenges of biosafety and biosecurity has been largely lacking. The current study assessed the level of awareness and existence of procedures, regulations, laws and policies on biosafety and biosecurity among institutions in the different sectors, professions and regions across the country.
Biological materials are handled worldwide in laboratories for numerous genuine, justifiable and legitimate purposes. In these laboratories small and large volumes of live microorganisms are replicated, cellular components are extracted and many other manipulations undertaken for purposes ranging from educational, scientific, medicinal and health-related to mass commercial and/or industrial production. During handling of these materials, it is expected that personnel follow safe working practices (biosafety) and apply measures that help keep their work and materials safe and secure (biosecurity).
A comprehensive biosafety culture is known to translate into the understanding and routine application of a set of safe practices, procedures, actions and habits that protect the people working with biological materials Whereas biomedical advances and the globalization of scientific and technical expertise have made it possible to greatly improve public health, a global increase in exposure, availability and accessibility to potentially harmful technology has remained one of the major challenges in biosecurity and biosafety .
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