October 12-17, 2018

October 12-17, 2018

Charleston, SC

Charleston, SC

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Friday Courses

October 12, 2018

01 – Basic Risk Assessment

8:00 am  -  5:00 pm
2018-10-12 08:01:00 2018-10-12 17:00:00 America/Phoenix 01 – Basic Risk Assessment Rapid scientific and technological advances continue to challenge the biosafety community in determining and establishing the appropriate practices and containment necessary to avoid exposure to the wide array of hazardous biological agents and materials found in the laboratory. This introductory course will provide an opportunity to incorporate the basic knowledge and skills necessary in order to perform risk assessments for working safely with pathogens (human and animal) and rDNA (genetically modified organisms or viral vectors). Using case studies, participants will work together to conduct risk assessments by determining the hazards involved; the appropriate questions to ask to address the potential risks associated with the intended activities; and make recommendations on appropriate containment and practices required to work safely. The conclusions of the groups will be presented. Objectives: Identify and list determinants for assessing risk (host, environment, agent) Complete the steps of a risk assessment and determine steps to manage risk (mitigation) Identify resources and references for risk assessment/management Suggested Background: Fundamentals of Biosafety Target Audience: New Biosafety Professionals, Laboratory Workers Albuquerque Convention Center, Albuquerque, NM ABSA International [email protected]

Rapid scientific and technological advances continue to challenge the biosafety community in determining and establishing the appropriate practices and containment necessary to avoid exposure to the wide array of hazardous biological agents and materials found in the laboratory. This introductory course will provide an opportunity to incorporate the basic knowledge and skills necessary in order to perform risk assessments for working safely with pathogens (human and animal) and rDNA (genetically modified organisms or viral vectors). Using case studies, participants will work together to conduct risk assessments by determining the hazards involved; the appropriate questions to ask to address the potential risks associated with the intended activities; and make recommendations on appropriate containment and practices required to work safely. The conclusions of the groups will be presented.

Objectives:

  • Identify and list determinants for assessing risk (host, environment, agent)
  • Complete the steps of a risk assessment and determine steps to manage risk (mitigation)
  • Identify resources and references for risk assessment/management

Suggested Background: Fundamentals of Biosafety

Target Audience: New Biosafety Professionals, Laboratory Workers

02 – Animal Research + Biocontainment Facilities: Planning, Design, and Operation

8:00 am  -  5:00 pm
2018-10-12 08:02:00 2018-10-12 17:00:00 America/Phoenix 02 – Animal Research + Biocontainment Facilities: Planning, Design, and Operation This course will have a fresh look at industry best practices and provide a fundamental understanding of the terminology, concepts, processes, standards, numbers, types of equipment, and furniture (as applicable) involved in the planning and design of animal research and biocontainment labs including related mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. This course will start with the earliest programming and planning activities of a facility; risk assessments, major facility design considerations, and end with commissioning, operations, and root-cause analysis. The session will focus on risk- and operations-based decision making for high-output facility design and modifications. This course is designed for those involved in the planning, design, construction, or operation of animal research and biocontainment laboratories including project managers, architects, facility engineers, construction engineers, facility managers, facility planners, biosafety professionals, EH&S personnel, veterinarians, and researchers employed at colleges and universities, medical facilities, pharmaceutical facilities, A/E/C firms, government health centers, and public health labs. Objectives: Explain the use of a risk- and operations-based approach to facility design and renovation Describe right-size facilities and avoid operational bottlenecks Keep operations as simple as possible, while maintaining safety and security Suggested Background: None Target Audience: All Safety Professionals, New Biosafety Professionals, Laboratory Workers Albuquerque Convention Center, Albuquerque, NM ABSA International [email protected]

This course will have a fresh look at industry best practices and provide a fundamental understanding of the terminology, concepts, processes, standards, numbers, types of equipment, and furniture (as applicable) involved in the planning and design of animal research and biocontainment labs including related mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. This course will start with the earliest programming and planning activities of a facility; risk assessments, major facility design considerations, and end with commissioning, operations, and root-cause analysis. The session will focus on risk- and operations-based decision making for high-output facility design and modifications. This course is designed for those involved in the planning, design, construction, or operation of animal research and biocontainment laboratories including project managers, architects, facility engineers, construction engineers, facility managers, facility planners, biosafety professionals, EH&S personnel, veterinarians, and researchers employed at colleges and universities, medical facilities, pharmaceutical facilities, A/E/C firms, government health centers, and public health labs.

Objectives:

  • Explain the use of a risk- and operations-based approach to facility design and renovation
  • Describe right-size facilities and avoid operational bottlenecks
  • Keep operations as simple as possible, while maintaining safety and security

Suggested Background: None

Target Audience: All Safety Professionals, New Biosafety Professionals, Laboratory Workers

03 – Shipping Infectious Substances Certification Course

8:00 am  -  5:00 pm
2018-10-12 08:03:00 2018-10-12 17:00:00 America/Phoenix 03 – Shipping Infectious Substances Certification Course This course is appropriate for those who have some experience with infectious substance handling or shipping, but may not have been certified within the past three years. The course utilizes group discussions and interactive exercises focused on the essential areas of infectious substance shipping. Participants will have the opportunity to mark, label, package, and complete documentation for a variety of infectious substances shipments (Category A, Category B, and Exempt Patient Specimens). Participants will review applicable regulations with a focus on IATA. This course is appropriate for those responsible for packaging, marking, and labeling shipments of all categories of infectious substances, dry ice, and liquid nitrogen. A final written certification exam will be administered—participants must score at least 80% in order to be certified. Objectives: Using principles of risk assessment to classify biological materials for shipping purposes as either Category A, Category B, Exempt, or not regulated Demonstrate how to package, mark, label, and document shipments for infectious substances, Category A, Category B, and dry ice Complete a written exam to qualify for infectious substance shipping certification Suggested Background: None Target Audience: All Safety Professionals, Laboratory Workers, New Biosafety Professionals Albuquerque Convention Center, Albuquerque, NM ABSA International [email protected]

This course is appropriate for those who have some experience with infectious substance handling or shipping, but may not have been certified within the past three years. The course utilizes group discussions and interactive exercises focused on the essential areas of infectious substance shipping. Participants will have the opportunity to mark, label, package, and complete documentation for a variety of infectious substances shipments (Category A, Category B, and Exempt Patient Specimens). Participants will review applicable regulations with a focus on IATA. This course is appropriate for those responsible for packaging, marking, and labeling shipments of all categories of infectious substances, dry ice, and liquid nitrogen. A final written certification exam will be administered—participants must score at least 80% in order to be certified.

Objectives:

  • Using principles of risk assessment to classify biological materials for shipping purposes as either Category A, Category B, Exempt, or not regulated
  • Demonstrate how to package, mark, label, and document shipments for infectious substances, Category A, Category B, and dry ice
  • Complete a written exam to qualify for infectious substance shipping certification

Suggested Background: None

Target Audience: All Safety Professionals, Laboratory Workers, New Biosafety Professionals

04 – The Essentials of Health and Safety at the Boundaries of Biosafety

8:00 am  -  5:00 pm
2018-10-12 08:04:00 2018-10-12 17:00:00 America/Phoenix 04 – The Essentials of Health and Safety at the Boundaries of Biosafety In practice there is virtually no work setting where the occupational risks are limited solely to biological agents. Fire safety, occupational safety, and chemical safety risks are ubiquitous in laboratory and production settings, and sources of radiation can also be regularly encountered. Issues regarding insurance coverage and policy limitations can also arise. Given this diversity of possible risks, it is prudent for biosafety professionals to familiarize themselves with the essential aspects of these other specialty areas of loss control. This course is designed specifically to provide a baseline orientation to a series of parallel health and safety professions with which a biosafety professional commonly interacts. Each section begins with a discussion of the relative public health impact of each specialty area presented and ends with a description of the simple things a biosafety professional can do to assist in keeping the overall organization safe and compliant. Objectives: Describe the five recognized steps of risk management process and why this is important for the biosafety profession Identify the basic elements of a fire and life system program, a chemical safety program, radiation safety program, and a comprehensive hazardous waste management program that can be easily accessed by a biosafety professional Summarize the risk represented by insider threats Suggested Background: Fundamentals of Biosafety Target Audience: All Safety Professionals, All Biosafety Professionals Albuquerque Convention Center, Albuquerque, NM ABSA International [email protected]

In practice there is virtually no work setting where the occupational risks are limited solely to biological agents. Fire safety, occupational safety, and chemical safety risks are ubiquitous in laboratory and production settings, and sources of radiation can also be regularly encountered. Issues regarding insurance coverage and policy limitations can also arise. Given this diversity of possible risks, it is prudent for biosafety professionals to familiarize themselves with the essential aspects of these other specialty areas of loss control. This course is designed specifically to provide a baseline orientation to a series of parallel health and safety professions with which a biosafety professional commonly interacts. Each section begins with a discussion of the relative public health impact of each specialty area presented and ends with a description of the simple things a biosafety professional can do to assist in keeping the overall organization safe and compliant.

Objectives:

  • Describe the five recognized steps of risk management process and why this is important for the biosafety profession
  • Identify the basic elements of a fire and life system program, a chemical safety program, radiation safety program, and a comprehensive hazardous waste management program that can be easily accessed by a biosafety professional
  • Summarize the risk represented by insider threats

Suggested Background: Fundamentals of Biosafety

Target Audience: All Safety Professionals, All Biosafety Professionals