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    Our Department is currently re-evaluating and updating local safety
    procedures for the handling of unfixed human tissue (normally cadaveric)
    used in biomechanical experiments. Clearly such tests are somewhat
    different to other areas of work using human tissue in that they are
    usually highly invasive, and often involve the application of high loads
    to large specimens, frequently to failure. A different set of rules is
    needed than is required, say, for handling human cells in a test-tube.

    It would be very useful to hear what procedures other labs are currently
    adopting - is there a common consensus of safety rules? What about
    screening of cadaveric material for HIV, Hep B/C etc - is this a
    requirement? How about the problem of using expensive equipment (eg
    materials testing machines) which also need to be used by other workers
    but not involving human tissue? What procedures for sterilization/
    disinfection of non-disposable equipment are used?

    As usual I'll summarize any responses to the list - if requested I'll
    leave names off if they would prefer not to be identified.

    David Pickles Comparative Orthopaedic Research Unit
    Department of Anatomy
    University of Bristol
    Southwell Street
    BS2 8EJ
    United Kingdom

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