Safe Handling of RCPAQAP Proficiency Test Items
Use of RCPAQAP Proficiency Test Items
RCPAQAP proficiency test items used in RCPAQAP discipline programs may contain human sourced material or potentially infectious components. No known test method can offer complete assurance that products derived from inactivated microorganisms and/or human sources will not transmit infection.
All proficiency test items and other materials supplied by RCPAQAP must, therefore, be considered as a potential biohazard and should be handled appropriately and with care.
Safe handling of RCPAQAP proficiency test items
The participant is responsible for the safe handling, storage and disposal of RCPAQAP proficiency test items in such a way that ensures that RCPAQAP proficiency test items will not cause any harm to any person.
The participant warrants to RCPAQAP that, given the nature and characteristics of RCPAQAP proficiency test items, the participant:
- is aware of all matters that concern the safe handling, storage and disposal of RCPAQAP proficiency test items;
- has all the facilities and processes that are required for the safe handling, storage and disposal of RCPAQAP proficiency test items;
- utilises Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required by any law or regulatory agency for the routine handling of potentially biohazardous materials.
If accidental contact with material occurs laboratory staff should follow local first aid procedures that are normally applied following exposure to an equivalent clinical specimen. Following exposure, medical advice should be sought.
If accidental spillage occurs, follow routine procedures for clean-up of potentially biohazardous materials