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AHVLA censured after safety failings

3rd May 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

The Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) has been censured for safety failings at its Devon and Surrey facilities.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) carried out a Crown censure procedure against the Weybridge organisation after it investigated how samples containing mycobacterium (m.bovis) bovis were handled.

It found that, between January 2009 and July 2011, an AHVLA laboratory had failed to adequately inactivate M.bovis in samples that were sent for genetic testing.

HM specialist inspector Dr Keith Stephenson, HSE's lead investigator in this case, said: “HSE's investigation at AHVLA, which resulted in the Crown censure, identified several serious failings that led to the potential exposure of a number of AHVLA employees to M. bovis over a period of more than two years. Exposure to M. bovis can be a serious health hazard.”

Mr Stephenson explained that the censure is the maximum enforcement action that HSE can take.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801581161-ADNFCR


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