The most important aspect in a laboratory is the safety of the people and the property. Laboratories regularly deal with hazardous chemicals, infective pathogens, and harmful substances.

Many national and international agencies, depending on the nature of work in the laboratory, therefore, help formulate the guidelines for health & safety. 

In this blog, let’s explore the key agencies involved with the health and safety of individuals in the laboratory.

Acronym Name Country Purpose
ASHRAE American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers USA To serve humanity by advancing the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration and their allied fields.
BIS Bureau of Indian Standards India To evolve a national strategy for according recognition to standards and integrating them with growth and development of production and exports.
CDC Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention
USA To protect public health and safety through the control and prevention of disease, injury, and disability.
EPA Environmental Protection Agency USA To protect human health and the environment.
FM Approved FM Approvals USA To objectively test property loss prevention products and services and certifying those that meet rigorous loss prevention standards.
ICMR Indian Council of Medical Research India To translate Research into Action for Improving the Health of the Population.
NCDC National Centre for Disease Control India To function as a national centre of excellence for control of communicable diseases.
NFPA National Fire Protection
Association
USA To reduce fire hazards and their impact on quality of life through the provision of codes and standards as well as research, training and education.
NIOH National Institute of Occupational Health India To prevent and control occupation related Health problems by creating a safer work environment.
NIOSH National Institute for
Occupational Safety and
Health
USA To develop new knowledge in the field of occupational safety and health and to transfer that knowledge into practice.
NSF National Sanitation Foundation USA To protect and improve global human health.
OSHA Occupational Safety and
Health Administration
USA To ensure safe and healthful working conditions for workers by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.
SEFA Scientific Equipment and Furniture Association USA To promote the use of laboratory grade furniture equipment and fixtures.
UL Underwriters’ Laboratories USA To promote safe, secure and sustainable living and working environments for people by the application of science, hazard-based safety engineering and data acumen.

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