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Model rules for visitors

Model Rules for Visitors

Definition: Visitors are defined as any personnel who are not part of the staff of Laboratory Medicine. This includes staff from other Departments within UHBW, or from other Trusts, representatives of commercial organisations, service and maintenance personnel from UHBW or external organisations, etc. It does not include portering staff delivering specimens to the laboratory or collecting blood products from the blood bank on level 8.

Much of the work in a clinical laboratory is concerned with handling biological samples which are potentially infectious. In addition to following general rules, visitors must also take these additional precautions:

 Visitors must take these precautions when entering the Department of Laboratory Medicine:

1. Visitors must announce their arrival at the reception hatch between the lift lobby and Laboratory Medicine Reception on Level 8, where they will be asked to sign the visitor's book and will be issued with a Visitor pass badge. This should be affixed to their clothing and be visible throughout the duration of their visit. They may be asked to wait in the lift lobby while their authority to visit is checked with the member of staff they are visiting. If this is approved, they will be admitted to the Reception area, where they will be met by whoever it is they are visiting. If not, they will not be admitted.

2. Visitors are not permitted to enter the laboratory area unless accompanied by a member of staff who is responsible for their welfare.

3. Visitors must wear an approved laboratory coat, properly fastened, in the laboratory itself. This does not apply if the visitor is only to visit 'clean' areas within the laboratory area (i.e. offices, staff rooms, etc).

4. Visitors must be instructed not to touch anything unless their visit requires it, in which case they must comply with the appropriate local rules.

5. Visitors must wash their hands thoroughly after removing their protective coat, before leaving the laboratory.

6. Visitors must not use personal items (e.g. pens) whilst in the laboratory if they have handled any laboratory equipment, and must be instructed that eating, drinking, smoking etc is not permitted.

7. Visitors must not be taken into areas where they could become exposed directly to known, present, infectious risk.

8. Visitors must not be left unsupervised while in the laboratory and should be accompanied to the exit from the laboratory at the end of their visit.

9. When leaving the laboratory visitors will be asked to enter the time they leave in the visitor's book.