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RR886 Development of suitable safety performance indicators for level 4 bio-containment facilities: Phase 2

The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE’s) Hazardous Installations Directorate Biological Agents Unit (HID SI4) has developed a set of Safety Performance Indicators (SPIs) in collaboration with organisations working in the high hazard biological agents contained use sector. A proposed generic SPI framework has been produced through discussions between HID SI4 and a small number of organisations working with Hazard Group (HG) 4 pathogens. The project sought to understand from these organisations what aspects of the SPI frameworks developed for other major hazard industries are relevant and of value to the biological agents industry. The ultimate objective of the work was to produce a generic SPI framework that is applicable to the broad range of facilities and organisations working with HG4 human and/or animal pathogens and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The report presents the outcome of this work in the form of a generic SPI framework that is suitable for adoption and where required modification to suit the needs of containment level (CL) 4 facility operators.

This report and the work it describes were funded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Its contents, including any opinions and/or conclusions expressed, are those of the author alone and do not necessarily reflect HSE policy.

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Updated 2011-09-29