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AHVLA censured for health and safety failings in handling samples

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THE Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has completed a Crown censure procedure against the AHVLA for safety failings relating to the control of biological agents at laboratories in Devon and Surrey.

The HSE reports that censure proceedings followed an investigation into the handling of samples containing Mycobacterium bovis. The HSE found that, for more than two years between January 2009 and July 2011, the AHVLA's laboratory at Starcross in Devon had failed to appropriately inactivate M bovis in samples that were subsequently sent to the AHVLA's laboratory at Weybridge for genetic testing. The HSE claims that employees at Weybridge were put at …

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