Safety Precautions

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Safety Precautions

Safety precautions should be observed when handling seminal fluid. The following guidelines should be followed:

  • If non-disposable items are used, soak contaminated items(e.g., hemocytometers and coverslips) in 70% alcohol or other appropriate decontaminate.
  • All disposable items should be placed in a biohazard bag.
  • Non-latex or powder-free latex disposable gloves must be worn, and hands thoroughly washed when the examination is completed.
  • Seminal fluids that are to be discarded should be placed in biohazard bags.