November 15-20, 2019

November 15-20, 2019

Birmingham, Alabama

Birmingham, Alabama

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Scientific Program Abstracts
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Friday Courses

November 15, 2019

01 – BSL-3 Operations and Management

8:00 am  -  5:00 pm

Paul Jennette, MS, PE, RBP(ABSA), CBSP(ABSA), Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine, Ithaca, NY
Carrie Smith, PhD, RBP(ABSA), CBSP(ABSA), USGS—National Wildlife Health Center, Madison, WI

This course will review the important aspects of the daily operation of a BSL-3 facility from two points of view; management of the facility and the daily operations. This assumes that you already have a facility built and have all required authorizations to work in it. The course will cover the different aspects you need to consider to operate a BSL-3 facility, such as: approval and training of a worker; maintenance support; occupational health issues; managing waste; maintenance of the HVAC and physical facility; periodic checks on the facility’s systems; and emergencies of different types. Daily operations in a BSL-3 such as: understanding when it is safe to enter and when you need to evacuate; what to do when the ventilation fails; practical aspects of entry and exit procedures; practical tips on selection and use of personal protective equipment (PPE); safety considerations within the experimental SOPs; waste handling; facility cleaning; and how to have equipment repaired or serviced will be discussed. This course will be conducted in a way that allows for interaction and exchange of experiences between participants and instructors. This course will not cover regulatory aspects from any specific country.

Objectives:

  • Describe the elements of BSL-3 Operations and Management, such as risk management, PPE, annual performance verification, emergency response, etc.
  • Recognize institutional responsibilities from management to user
  • Summarize the methods used to develop manuals, SOPs, and training

Suggested Background: Basic Risk Assessment and Biosafety Knowledge
Target Audience: All Safety Professionals

02 – International Biosafety, Biosecurity, and Biocontainment Challenges

8:00 am  -  5:00 pm

William Arndt, PhD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Natasha Griffith, MS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Vibeke Halkjaer-Knudsen, PhD, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM

This course is intended to focus on international laboratory biosafety, biosecurity, and biocontainment features needed to support the implementation of a successful laboratory biorisk management program. This course will begin with a brief overview of common biorisk management implementation challenges and gaps often observed in locations such as Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. The instructors will share their experiences working in an international setting and on developing sustainable solutions to support the implementation of biorisk management best practices in a laboratory setting. Participants will share their experiences and challenges with everyone in the room and gain experience from instructors examples and others in helping to identify possible solutions to experiences or challenges shared. The course will include lecture, pictures of examples of laboratory biosafety, biosecurity, and biocontainment challenges from around the world, and small group activities analyzing case studies and developing alternate solutions. The goal of this course is to give participants confidence in using critical thinking skills to tackle biorisk management and biocontainment challenges in their respective facilities.

Objectives:

  • Restate key laboratory biosafety, biosecurity, and biocontainment facility challenges and gaps
  • Identify sustainable solutions to common biorisk management and biocontainment challenges and gaps
  • Summerize how risk assessment and a risk-based decision strategy can be used to support the implementation of a sustainable laboratory biorisk management program

Suggested Background: Fundamentals of Biosafety
Target Audience: All Safety Professionals, Laboratory Workers, International Participants

03 – Building Biosafety Leaders

8:00 am  -  5:00 pm

Michael Marsico, MS, Association of Public Health Laboratories, Silver Spring, MD
Pandora Ray, MA, MPH, CPC, Association of Public Health Laboratories, Silver Spring, MD

In 2017, the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) convened three Biosafety Leadership Workshops to facilitate the professional development of biosafety officers (BSOs) in state, local, territorial U.S. Affiliated Pacific Island public health laboratories. This multi-day workshop convened BSOs by region and provided a forum encouraging personal and professional growth with the overall goal to strengthen their leadership skills. The training included several group, interactive, and didactic exercises focused on: The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® Model (MICEE), Affinity Exercises, and Single Override Communication Objective (SOCO). Upon completion, participants gained an invaluable network and a broader skill set that directly benefited them and their work environment. Currently, APHL has condensed this multi-day training program into a complete one-day course. As a result of the ever-changing and increasingly complex environment, there needs to be biosafety leaders who embrace change, manage people, process efficiently, and anticipate future needs. Through skill development on leadership, project management, communications including: messaging and storytelling, building effective training programs, and implementing evaluation measures, the course will shape biosafety professionals into future leaders within the laboratory system.

Objectives:

  • Describe the Leadership Challenge and MICEE Leadership Model
  • Apply the elements of Single Overriding Communications Objective (SOCO) to deliver a message to laboratory management
  • Identify work preferences that contribute to team dynamics and the management of relationships, information, decision making, and organization

Suggested Background: None
Target Audience: All Safety Professionals

04 – Facility Commissioning and Certification: Using the WHO Lab Biosafety Manual

8:00 am  -  12:00 pm

Joby Evans, PE, CAC, CxA, Georgia Engineering LLC, Atlanta, GA
Luis Alberto Ochoa Carrera, MS, Institute for Epidemiological Diagnosis and Reference (InDRE), Mexico City, Mexico

Laboratory commissioning and certification are identified in the World Health Organization’s Laboratory Biosafety Manual as quality assurance processes for the biocontainment laboratory. These processes are not always understood by biosafety professionals. Many biosafety professionals are, at times, spectators and bystanders in the commissioning and certification process of their facilities. The biosafety officer will benefit by having a fundamental understanding of the commissioning and certification process and the resulting documentation. This understanding should allow them to articulate the engineering control data they require from their commissioning agent and how to use that data in the certification process. The certification requires the understanding of the personal protective equipment and the administrative controls. This course will review the process of laboratory certification; documentation, investigation, review of operational documents, testing, and reporting. This knowledge allows the biosafety professional to understand how the certification process verifies and documents laboratory readiness and when to know it is ready for safe and reliable operation based on the guidelines and the accepted criteria. The instructors will present some of the commonly encountered issues observed in developed and developing countries; how the issues are identified, and present some specific means and methods to mitigate the issues. The understanding of these processes and their interrelation assist the biosafety professional to confidently bring the laboratory into full operation to perform the scientific program.

Objectives:

  • Identify the skills and knowledge required for regular recommissioning and certification process in containment labs
  • Summarize the data outputs and meaning, and how the certification process maintains a safe and reliable laboratory facility
  • Identify and propose practical solutions to the encountered issues observed during the inspection, commissioning, and certification process

Suggested Background: Fundamentals of Biosafety, Principles and Practices of Biosafety
Target Audience: All Safety Professionals, Facility Operations and Maintenance Personnel

BIOLOGICAL SAFETY FOR FIRST RESPONDERS

9:00 am  -  11:30 am

BIOLOGICAL SAFETY FOR FIRST RESPONDERS Presented by ABSA International and the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Presented by ABSA International and the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Biological Safety for First Responders is a two and a half hour workshop focusing on the history of biosafety, biosafety basics, research at universities, regulatory aspects and current infectious disease issues as it relates to First Responders. This year during the workshop, the Federal Bureau of Investigation will present on challenges to responder safety as research material, technology, and knowledge become more democratized.

Download Flyer (PDF 318KB)

The course is being provided FREE of charge to the First Responder community by ABSA International. Participation is limited. This course will be a great opportunity for the Birmingham area First Responders, Public Health officials and the local biological safety community to network and begin partnerships in emergency response. Please email firstresponder@absa.org if you are interested in attending.

BIOLOGICAL SAFETY FOR FIRST RESPONDERS

1:00 pm  -  3:00 pm

BIOLOGICAL SAFETY FOR FIRST RESPONDERS Presented by ABSA International and the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Presented by ABSA International and the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Biological Safety for First Responders is a two and a half hour workshop focusing on the history of biosafety, biosafety basics, research at universities, regulatory aspects and current infectious disease issues as it relates to First Responders. This year during the workshop, the Federal Bureau of Investigation will present on challenges to responder safety as research material, technology, and knowledge become more democratized.

Download Flyer (PDF 318KB)

The course is being provided FREE of charge to the First Responder community by ABSA International. Participation is limited. This course will be a great opportunity for the Birmingham area First Responders, Public Health officials and the local biological safety community to network and begin partnerships in emergency response. Please email firstresponder@absa.org if you are interested in attending.

05 – Introduction to the CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA15793)

1:00 pm  -  5:00 pm

Rawan B. Khasawneh, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan

In some international communities, there is a growing need to develop a robust laboratory biorisk management system. A recognized comprehensive guideline is required to be applied in countries who are in the process of implementing the system. In this course, participants will become familiar with the CWA 15793 as a voluntary biorisk management system approach that applies internationally, agrees with quality management, environmental and occupational health management systems, and does not contradict with standards or legislation. CWA 15793 will be converted to the new ISO standard 35001, the commitment to follow the CWA 15793 will enable participants to effectively assess, mitigate, and monitor the laboratory biosafety and biosecurity risks, using the concept of continual improvement through the PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act) principle in organizations that handle biological agents and/or toxins, regardless of type, size, and biological agents. The CWA 15793 has comprehensive requirements participants can use as a framework for training, raising awareness, and supporting lab certification, accreditation, audit, and inspections. The course will begin with an introduction to terms, advantages of the CWA 15793, and a brief introduction to the major sections including: planning, policies, implementation and operation, checking and corrective actions, followed by a discussion about how to initiate implementation to improve laboratory biorisk management system and the expected challenges.

Objectives:

  • Distinguish the CWA 15793 as an international reference document for laboratory biorisk management requirements
  • Recognize the main domains of and how to initiate using the CWA 15793 to improve overall lab biorisk management system
  • Conduct a self-audit to determine current adherence to the CWA 15793 and identify priorities

Suggested Background: Fundamentals of Biosafety
Target Audience: New Biosafety Professionals, All Safety Professionals, International Participants