Saturday, February 16, 2013
"Serious" airflow problems
Air Leak Sparks Safety Fears at CDC Bioterror Lab
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the federal agency charged with preventing the spread of infectious diseases has come under attack today for "serious" airflow problems in an Atlanta building that houses anthrax, SARS and monkeypox.
Documents and emails obtained by USA Today suggest that a poorly engineered airflow system in the CDC's Building 18 could expose unprotected staff and visitors to dangerous airborne pathogens.
The CNN report on the same incident also contains this gem:
There has been at least one other safety-related incident in that same building where February's air leak occurred.
In 2008, it was discovered that a high-containment lab door was sealed with duct tape.
That one doesn't bother me too much. Duct tape is pretty good stuff.