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Types of Class II Biosafety Cabinets (PDF 623KB)

Target Audience: Administrative Staff, Biosafety Professionals

PDF of the government policy on DURC.


Must be an ABSA memberBSL2 Lab Associated Infections Case Studies (MS Word, 244KB)

Target Audience: Laboratory Researchers

At the end of training students will be able to...
demonstrate their awareness with key biosafety risk management practices.

BSL2 case studies for use in training to reemphasize key lessons taught in course lecture. Also provides an interactive exercises for students to practice and used what was learned in the biosafety training class.

Appendix 1: Training Analysis A Matrix Template for Developing a Laboratory-based Biosafety Training Program that Measures Competency for BSL-2 Biomedical Laboratories (PDF 381KB)

Target Audience: All persons designing biosafety training. Persons interested in competency training in Biosafety

This is a "do it yourself" methodology for the development of biosafety training that incorporates biosafety tasks into working procedures and practices in the laboratory. The goal of the training design is to accurately define all biosafety training that an individual needs to safely complete their work and establish a method for practical integration of biosafety procedures on the job.

The Training Analysis for a BSL-2 Biomedical Laboratory was created to define all tasks and subtasks in biosafety for all persons working in an international infectious disease detection laboratory. The analysis was done using the Instructional Systems Design (ISD) methodology defined in the publication, ISD From the Ground Up1. The product is a template that can be used as a reference for developing a laboratory-based biosafety training program for BSL-2 biomedical laboratories or as a base for the development of training for microbiological and containment laboratories. This template was originally used in the design of a competency training program. Application of the training analysis in a competency training program is more fully described in "Quantifying Competency in Biosafety: Application of the Instructional Systems Design (ISD) to Biosafety and Laboratory Biosecurity", Delarosa, P., et al., Applied Biosafety 16:3, 2011. However, this type of analysis can be applied to any training design and can be readily applied to the development of both didactic and practical training materials.


Must be an ABSA memberBSL3 Case Studies and Suggested Responses (Case Study, MS Word 189KB)

Target Audience: Laboratory Researchers

At the end of training students will be able to...
Understand the factors that led to the occupational exposures and infections; identify the risk managment factors that can prevent or minimize the potential for exposure; and verify their awareness with essential BSL3 work practice and management practices.

BSL3 Training Case Studies were prepared to engage researchers in the review of laboratory acquired infections with related research materials to reemphasize key points that were presentated at initial BSL3 training or as part of a BSL3 refresher class. Suggested responses were formulated for review of group answers to focus discussion on critical components of the case exercises.

The attached case studies can be altered with the agent(s) specific to the group to be trained for tailoring to the target audience. They can be used as a template for altering training content for BSL3 refresher courses on an annual basis.

Laboratory Biosafety

Laboratory Biosecurity - Build Security Into Good Lab Practices (web site)

Target Audience: Laboratory Researchers

At the end of training students will be able...
gain a better understanding of biosecurity in laboratories.

The following interactive training program from the CDC Office of Health and Safety ( defines biosecurity, highlights differences and similarities between biosafety and biosecurity, discusses elements of a laboratory biosecurity program and gives examples of how to perform a Laboratory Biosecurity Risk Assessment. It begins with a historical overview of biosecurity and stresses the need to develop a biosecurity awareness culture in the workplace. Three main course modules include: Biosafety vs. Biosecurity, Risk Assessment, and Develop a Biosecurity Plan. This training is based on the guidelines in the 5th Edition of the BMBL.

The training materials available on this site were developed by the submitters to meet specific training needs of their place of business, and may contain site specific information that is not universally applicable. It is the responsibility of the user to verify the applicability of the training materials for their place of business, and to make the necessary changes to meet their specific training needs.

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