Cytometry - Sample
Knowledge of the origin of the sample and awareness of the potential presence of pathogens and/or GMOs are keys for lab scientists' protection.
All unfixed materials (blood samples, various body fluids, cultured cells and environmental samples) should be a priori considered as biohazardous (The use of a fixative is not always sufficient to eliminate all type of biohazards). The use of CLASS II biological safety cabinet for sample preparation is highly recommended. Flow cytometer operators should be experienced and well trained. Appropriate containment level must be applied (according to the Directive 98/81/EC) in relation with the Biosafety status of the sample.
See laboratory techniques that produce aerosols in chapter 2 : Flow generated aerosols and/or droplets