Biological materials are labeled properly

In addition to an up-to-date, accurate inventory or material management process for control and tracking of biological stocks laboratories must pay special attention on labeling those samples (vials, plates, dried stocks) in a manner that allow non-lab members to quickly identify the microorganism stored.

Material accountability procedures allow that dangerous biological materials and assets are not misplaced, misused or improperly disposed.


  • Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories. HHS Publication No. (CDC) 21- 1112, 5th Edition.
  • MSU Biosafety Manual
  • OSHA Standard 1910.1450 App A.
  • OSHA 3111- Hazard Communication Guidelines for Compliance. MIOSHA R 325.70101- R 325.70114, Appendix A: E.3.

Corrective actions:

Properly label biological samples utilizing materials that will withstand long periods of storage and low temperatures such as freezer labels or permanent markers.