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Biosafety Preparedness

Carrie Anglewicz, Biosafety Officer, Bureau of Laboratories - MDHHS

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Bureau of Laboratories plays a key role in the state public health laboratory system as Michigan’s state public health laboratory. The laboratory is charged with provision and assurance of a full range of laboratory services required to support public health in Michigan.  Training and education of healthcare partners has been deemed as one of the eleven essential core functions to guide the Bureau of Laboratory services within the state public health system.

As part of our responsibility toward upholding public health laboratory core functions, the Bureau of Laboratories continues to work with clinical partners around the state to improve laboratory safety. The Ebola virus outbreak in 2015 stressed the importance of evaluating laboratory procedures when handling the “unknown,” but the safety practices utilized during this outbreak should also be applied to everyday laboratory testing. A major initiative, along with Ebola-special pathogen preparedness, has been the provision of biosafety risk assessment tools and biosafety training for our clinical laboratory partners. A biosafety risk assessment is a major step toward the improvement of laboratory safety and mitigation of identified exposure risks. If your laboratory does not have a process for conducting biosafety risk assessments or would like a consultative biosafety visit, please contact the Bureau of Laboratories. Our Biosafety Officer maybe contacted by email at or by telephone (517) 335-9654.