November 15-20, 2019

November 15-20, 2019

Birmingham, Alabama

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Professional Development Courses

November 15, 2019

01 – BSL-3 Operations and Management

8:00 am  -  5:00 pm
2019-11-15 07:59:00 2019-11-15 17:00:00 America/Chicago 01 – BSL-3 Operations and Management 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 Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC), Birmingham, AL ABSA International [email protected]

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 […]

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02 – International Biosafety, Biosecurity, and Biocontainment Challenges

8:00 am  -  5:00 pm
2019-11-15 08:00:00 2019-11-15 17:00:00 America/Chicago 02 – International Biosafety, Biosecurity, and Biocontainment Challenges 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 Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC), Birmingham, AL ABSA International [email protected]

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, […]

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03 – Building Biosafety Leaders

8:00 am  -  5:00 pm
2019-11-15 08:01:00 2019-11-15 17:00:00 America/Chicago 03 – Building Biosafety Leaders 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 Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC), Birmingham, AL ABSA International [email protected]

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 […]

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

8:00 am  -  12:00 pm
2019-11-15 08:01:00 2019-11-15 12:00:00 America/Chicago 04 – Facility Commissioning and Certification: Using the WHO Lab Biosafety Manual 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 Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC), Birmingham, AL ABSA International [email protected]

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 […]

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BIOLOGICAL SAFETY FOR FIRST RESPONDERS

9:00 am  -  11:30 am
2019-11-15 09:00:00 2019-11-15 11:30:00 America/Chicago BIOLOGICAL SAFETY FOR FIRST RESPONDERS [fusion_imageframe image_id="893|medium" max_width="" style_type="" blur="" stylecolor="" hover_type="none" bordersize="" bordercolor="" borderradius="" align="right" lightbox="no" gallery_id="" lightbox_image="" lightbox_image_id="" alt="BIOLOGICAL SAFETY FOR FIRST RESPONDERS Presented by ABSA International and the Federal Bureau of Investigation" link="" linktarget="_self" hide_on_mobile="small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility" class="" id="" animation_type="" animation_direction="left" animation_speed="0.3" animation_offset=""]https://absaconference.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/absa2014_1st_responder_course_flyer-300x243.png[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_text columns="" column_min_width="" column_spacing="" rule_style="default" rule_size="" rule_color="" hide_on_mobile="small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility" class="" id=""] 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. [/fusion_text][fusion_button link="https://absaconference.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/ABSA2019_1st_Responder_course.pdf" text_transform="" title="" target="_self" link_attributes="" alignment="right" modal="" hide_on_mobile="small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility" class="" id="" color="default" button_gradient_top_color="" button_gradient_bottom_color="" button_gradient_top_color_hover="" button_gradient_bottom_color_hover="" accent_color="" accent_hover_color="" type="" bevel_color="" border_width="" size="" stretch="no" shape="" icon="" icon_position="left" icon_divider="no" animation_type="" animation_direction="left" animation_speed="0.3" animation_offset=""]Download Flyer (PDF 318KB)[/fusion_button][fusion_text columns="" column_min_width="" column_spacing="" rule_style="default" rule_size="" rule_color="" hide_on_mobile="small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility" class="" id=""] 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 [email protected] if you are interested in attending. [/fusion_text] Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC), Birmingham, AL ABSA International [email protected]

BIOLOGICAL SAFETY FOR FIRST RESPONDERS

1:00 pm  -  3:00 pm
2019-11-15 12:57:00 2019-11-15 15:00:00 America/Chicago BIOLOGICAL SAFETY FOR FIRST RESPONDERS [fusion_imageframe image_id="893|medium" max_width="" style_type="" blur="" stylecolor="" hover_type="none" bordersize="" bordercolor="" borderradius="" align="right" lightbox="no" gallery_id="" lightbox_image="" lightbox_image_id="" alt="BIOLOGICAL SAFETY FOR FIRST RESPONDERS Presented by ABSA International and the Federal Bureau of Investigation" link="" linktarget="_self" hide_on_mobile="small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility" class="" id="" animation_type="" animation_direction="left" animation_speed="0.3" animation_offset=""]https://absaconference.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/absa2014_1st_responder_course_flyer-300x243.png[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_text columns="" column_min_width="" column_spacing="" rule_style="default" rule_size="" rule_color="" hide_on_mobile="small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility" class="" id=""] 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. [/fusion_text][fusion_button link="https://absaconference.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/ABSA2019_1st_Responder_course.pdf" text_transform="" title="" target="_self" link_attributes="" alignment="right" modal="" hide_on_mobile="small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility" class="" id="" color="default" button_gradient_top_color="" button_gradient_bottom_color="" button_gradient_top_color_hover="" button_gradient_bottom_color_hover="" accent_color="" accent_hover_color="" type="" bevel_color="" border_width="" size="" stretch="no" shape="" icon="" icon_position="left" icon_divider="no" animation_type="" animation_direction="left" animation_speed="0.3" animation_offset=""]Download Flyer (PDF 318KB)[/fusion_button][fusion_text columns="" column_min_width="" column_spacing="" rule_style="default" rule_size="" rule_color="" hide_on_mobile="small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility" class="" id=""] 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 [email protected] if you are interested in attending. [/fusion_text] Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC), Birmingham, AL ABSA International [email protected]

05 – Introduction to the CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA15793)

1:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
2019-11-15 13:00:00 2019-11-15 17:00:00 America/Chicago 05 – Introduction to the CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA15793) 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 Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC), Birmingham, AL ABSA International [email protected]

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 […]

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November 16, 2019

06 – Engineering for the Biosafety Professional Part I

8:00 am  -  5:00 pm
2019-11-16 07:57:00 2019-11-16 17:00:00 America/Chicago 06 – Engineering for the Biosafety Professional Part I Juan Osorio, IE, World BioHazTec Corporation, Rockville, MD Theodore Traum, PE, CCP, DGCP, World BioHazTec Corporation, Rockville, MD Brynte Johnson, RBP(ABSA), CBSP(ABSA), SM(NRCM), World BioHazTec Corporation, Rockville, MD Proactive biosafety professionals need to be involved and knowledgeable in the operation, maintenance, and certification of their containment facilities and building systems. The biosafety professional may be called upon to participate in the planning, design, and validation of a new biocontainment laboratory or renovation of an existing facility. The biosafety professional's training and experience is usually limited to the sciences and they often lack the knowledge of basic engineering principles. This course is intended to fill the gap by providing basic engineering principles that are useful in the planning, design, construction, maintenance, and operation of a BSL-3 or high- containment facility. In order for the biosafety professional to participate in these activities; a foundation of engineering fundamentals, a developed set of skills to ask questions in engineering terms, and the confidence to question the answers are needed. There will be step-by-step slide presentations on planning, design, and quality assurance. Some of the exercises will require calculations (calculator recommended). Objectives: Discuss engineering principles, design, and construction process of a BSL-3 laboratory in order to identify potential problems before construction begins Identify the phases and strategies of BSL-3 laboratory design and construction Describe the elements of a BSL-3 laboratory quality assurance program Suggested Background: None Target Audience: All Safety Professionals, All Biosafety Professionals, Facilities Personnel Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC), Birmingham, AL ABSA International [email protected]

Juan Osorio, IE, World BioHazTec Corporation, Rockville, MD Theodore Traum, PE, CCP, DGCP, World BioHazTec Corporation, Rockville, MD Brynte Johnson, RBP(ABSA), CBSP(ABSA), SM(NRCM), World BioHazTec Corporation, Rockville, MD Proactive biosafety professionals need to be involved and knowledgeable in the operation, […]

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07 – Advanced Risk Assessment

8:00 am  -  5:00 pm
2019-11-16 07:58:00 2019-11-16 17:00:00 America/Chicago 07 – Advanced Risk Assessment Chad Austin, PhD, CBSP(ABSA), SM(NRCM), University of Texas Health Science Center—Houston, Houston, TX Anne-Sophie Brocard, PhD, RBP(ABSA), CBSP(ABSA), University of Texas Medical Branch—Galveston, Galveston, TX Brandon Hatcher, PhD, GlaxoSmithKline, Vaccines R&D, Rockville, MD In this advanced and interactive course, participants will evaluate a variety of challenging scenarios based on actual research protocol submissions and real world events from multiple risk perspectives. Participants will work in teams to conduct risk assessments on a diverse selection of scenarios that will include multiple systems used in research as a research project progresses from discovery, to cell culture, to small animal models using recombinant materials, and human clinical trials. Risk assessments will focus on the likelihood of exposure and the severity of consequences from exposure to the multitude of hazards encountered in increasingly complex research as well as the surprises that may come across the biosafety officer's desk. Participants will be challenged to consider additional risks aside from infection and how best to mitigate them. Participants should have a thorough understanding of pathogenic microorganisms, rDNA principles, other infectious substances and the link between biosafety, risk assessment, and risk mitigation for this advanced course. There is an emphasis on the interactive nature of the risk assessment process and differing views of risk tolerance will be considered; participants should be prepared to participate in discussions and bring interesting or difficult examples of interest to them to discuss with the class. Objectives: Prioritize risks based on the likelihood and consequences of an occurrence Identify risks requiring mitigation and mitigation strategies to minimize the unacceptable risks Identify institutional and external partners to help implement mitigation strategies Evaluate mitigation strategies for effectiveness, adjust strategies as warranted Suggested Background: Fundamentals of Biosafety, Risk Assessment, Micro/Molecular Biology 101, Principles & Practices of Biosafety Target Audience: Experienced Biosafety Professionals, Laboratory Workers   Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC), Birmingham, AL ABSA International [email protected]

Chad Austin, PhD, CBSP(ABSA), SM(NRCM), University of Texas Health Science Center—Houston, Houston, TX Anne-Sophie Brocard, PhD, RBP(ABSA), CBSP(ABSA), University of Texas Medical Branch—Galveston, Galveston, TX Brandon Hatcher, PhD, GlaxoSmithKline, Vaccines R&D, Rockville, MD In this advanced and interactive course, participants […]

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08 – Disinfection, Sterilization and Inactivation: A Practical Guide for the Biosafety Professional

8:00 am  -  5:00 pm
2019-11-16 07:59:00 2019-11-16 17:00:00 America/Chicago 08 – Disinfection, Sterilization and Inactivation: A Practical Guide for the Biosafety Professional Althea Treacy, PhD, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD Antony Schwartz, PhD, CBSP(ABSA), SM(NRCM), Duke University, Durham, NC This course will provide biosafety professionals with a strong foundation in disinfection, sterilization, and inactivation that will directly benefit them in carrying out their responsibilities. Course discussion will be on the history and current regulatory context of disinfection, sterilization, inactivation, validation strategies, quality assurance tests for each topic, and analysis of the factors that influence the effectiveness and potency of different treatment methods will be given. Subsequent material will cover the mechanisms of disinfection, sterilization, and inactivation, including chemical structures and classes of disinfectants sterilants and inactivation agents. Further discussion will describe the selection of appropriate methods and identification of associated safety hazards. Utilizing proven practices and procedures, participants will be led through a facilitated discussion leading to the development of standard operating procedures for executing sterilization, disinfection, or inactivation at their institution. Throughtout the course, participants will participate in didactice modules and hands-on exercises in small groups. Objectives: Identify and restate mechanisms of disinfection, sterilization, and inactivation Select appropriate disinfectants and sterilants and appropriately evaluate inactivation methodologies Choose the appropriate validation and quality assurance test for method of disinfection, sterilization, or inactivation Suggested Background: Fundamentals of Biosafety, Micro/Molecular Biology 101, Principles and Practices of Biosafety Target Audience: All Biosafety Professionals, Laboratory Workers Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC), Birmingham, AL ABSA International [email protected]

Althea Treacy, PhD, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD Antony Schwartz, PhD, CBSP(ABSA), SM(NRCM), Duke University, Durham, NC This course will provide biosafety professionals with a strong foundation in disinfection, sterilization, and inactivation that will directly benefit them in carrying […]

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09 – Emerging Technologies in Agricultural and Plant Sector: Biosafety and Biosecurity Challenges and Risk Management

8:00 am  -  5:00 pm
2019-11-16 08:00:00 2019-11-16 17:00:00 America/Chicago 09 – Emerging Technologies in Agricultural and Plant Sector: Biosafety and Biosecurity Challenges and Risk Management Aparupa Sengupta, PhD, RBP(ABSA), University of California—Merced, Merced, CA Luis Alberto Ochoa Carrera, MS, Institute for Epidemiological Diagnosis and Reference (InDRE), Mexico City, Mexico Global food security and enhancement of food quality has been a pressing issue worldwide. Recent advent of powerful technologies like gene editing tool CRISPR/Cas9 have the potential of bringing unprecedented global impact in different industries starting from novel bioenergy production, new therapeutic intervention in medical world to biodiversity conservation. In the agricultural sector, these technologies have contributed significantly towards food security, reduction in pesticide use and greenhouse gas emissions, and in improvement of occupational safety in both industrialized and developing countries over the last two decades. Although extremely beneficial, these technologies are certainly not risk-free. They could be used for nefarious acts, such as bioweapon development to create new pathogenic organisms to render vaccines ineffective. These technologies may also have off-target effects, such as tumor suppressor gene silencing during cell culture experiment, or potential of changing biodiversity and invasion and disruption of local agricultural system by exotic or transgenic species. Since, outbreak of diseases, bioweapons, and emerging technology transfer of knowledge knows no borders, the beneficial use of the technology can become challenging in terms of biosafety and biosecurity, if the risks are not understood and addressed appropriately. The course will also include new emerging technologies, applicable to the agricultural and plant biotechnology field, where an appropriate risk assessment and communication strategies are imperative for preventing accidents from occurring or re-occurring. Objectives: Identify and implement the different regulations related to agricultural and plant biosafety/biosecurity when reviewing institutional research protocols Evaluate and conduct a risk assessment of the potential impact of using emerging technologies and gene editing in agriculture and plant projects Identify and manage risk with the fast-evolving scope of research, especially with the use of CRISPR/Cas9 technology Suggested Background: Fundamentals of Biosafety, Risk Assessment, Micro/Molecular Biology 101 Target Audience: All Safety Professionals, Experienced Biosafety Professionals, Laboratory Workers Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC), Birmingham, AL ABSA International [email protected]

Aparupa Sengupta, PhD, RBP(ABSA), University of California—Merced, Merced, CA Luis Alberto Ochoa Carrera, MS, Institute for Epidemiological Diagnosis and Reference (InDRE), Mexico City, Mexico Global food security and enhancement of food quality has been a pressing issue worldwide. Recent advent […]

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10 – Keeping it Going: Maintaining and Improving a Select Agent Program Over the Long-Term

8:00 am  -  5:00 pm
2019-11-16 08:01:00 2019-11-16 17:00:00 America/Chicago 10 – Keeping it Going: Maintaining and Improving a Select Agent Program Over the Long-Term Amy Vogler, PhD, RBP(ABSA), Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ Shelley Jones, MS, RBP(ABSA), Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ Keeping a Select Agent program going can be difficult, especially in the face of ever-changing regulatory requirements and limited resources. Long-established procedures may suddenly become unacceptable, interrupting research, and frustrating laboratorians. Likewise, a single unexpected adverse event can put an entire program at risk. Being prepared to deal with such changes and events is critical to maintaining a robust program. Anticipating future challenges can prove even more advantageous, elevating a good program to a great program. A proactive approach can minimize the impact of new requirements and reduce duration and frequency of "crises" sparked by sudden, unexpected requirements or events. This course will explore strategies for maintaining and improving an existing Select Agent program, including strategies for anticipating and responding to new requirements. Strategies will be based on the instructors' experience with their institution's program with additional input solicited from class participants during open discussions. Topics will include the history of the Select Agent program; effective oversight practices; efficiently meeting ongoing requirements; reporting, responding to, and analyzing incidents; a series of suitability program case studies; implementation of the recent inactivation requirements, including strategies for investigating inactivation "failures;" and inspection preparation and response. The course will consist of topical presentations followed by group discussions aimed at facilitating application of presented strategies to participants' individual programs and providing a platform to capitalize on participants' collective experience. Objectives: Identify strategies for efficiently maintaining a Select Agent program in good standing with ongoing requirements Review a series of suitability program case studies and identify strategies for dealing with potential suitability concerns in accompanying exercises Summarize new inactivation requirements and identify successful strategies for compliance Suggested Background: Building a Select Agent Program: Safety, Compliance, and Efficiency Target Audience: All Safety Professionals, Select Agent Program Safety Professionals Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC), Birmingham, AL ABSA International [email prot