Biosafety Level 3 laboratory (BSL3 lab)

The facility

Within the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) several research projects use pathogenic microorganisms of risk group 3. For working with these pathogens, the LUMC  has a high containment research to safely perform the experiments for man and environment.

This state of the art BSL3 facility was opened in 2005 and was already completely renovated and upgraded to the latest standards in 2008. The facility consist of 2 separate labs and neighbouring room such as anterooms, a storage facility and a destruction autoclave. The labs are fully equipped for viral- and bacterial research using risk group 3 pathogens. 

Safety and security

For safety and security of the facility has  controlled access with biometry, camera surveillance and emergency procedures in place for all  kinds of emergencies. The LUMC has biosafety, security and maintenance personnel that regularly check the facilities safety and security  measures and all equipment that has a function in this. Furthermore the labs are yearly maintained and upgraded when necessary. 

The labs have a hotel function and can be used for research on risk group 3 pathogens by anyone in the LUMC. Before starting, the biosafety officer reviews the project and describes the protective measures that have to be taken for the save performance of the experiments. Furthermore, all personnel has to be trained for 3-6 months depending on their working history.


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