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Arizona State University: Autoclave Safety Manual:
This manual is complementary to our Autoclave Safety Video (vimeo video)



Viral Vectors Training (web-based training course)

Target Audience: laboratory researchers

At the end of training students will be able to...
Identify the factors that need to be considered while assessing the risks for experiments involving viral vectors;Discuss the differences among the most commonly used viral vector systems; Apply safety precautions while handling different viral vectors

This online training has five modules. The first one is an introduction to viral vector technology and how to assess its risks. The following modules provides information on the commonly used viral vectors systems (lentivirus, gamma-retrovirus, adenovirus and AAV). At the end of each training module, there are practice exercises. Also, printable copies of the modules are provided.



What You Work with Can Make You Sick - CDC (Posters, PDF, 308KB)

Target Audience: Laboratory Researchers

At the end of training students will be able to...
follow safe work practices to prevent bringing workplace contaminates (biological and other) home.

This is a poster publicly available through the CDC that would benefit investigators,researchers, technicians, lab workers, etc. It's an awareness poster on laboratory workers and researchers, can prevent bringing contaminates and pathogens home.



Semester Length 2 or 3 Credit Biosafety Course (PowerPoint and supporting materials)

Target Audience: Students

At the end of training students will be able to...
understand the science of the biosafety profession;
have a solid understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a practicing biosafety professional;
and also learn how to work safely in a variety of settings involving biohazards.

(includes Powerpoints, instructor guide, syllabus, exercises, etc.)
This 'packaged' course can serve as a starting template for Bisoafety Professionals who are interested in teaching a biosafety course at their institution or a local educational institution. Slides for 13 lectures, and supplemental course materials are also included for interested instructors to eliminate the need to have to develop a class from scratch. A variety of course topics are included with ideas for promoting interaction within the class to help teach a comprehensive biosafety course to interested students. Course Materials were used for 5 years for teaching a Biosafety course at the Yale School of Public Health.

All of the training and instructional materials are provided at the website above and is currently located at the Yale Center for Public Health Preparedness under their educational resources. The course was assembled by Benjamin Fontes with formatting by Dr. Srdjan Stakic and others at the Yale Center for Public Health Preparedness.



Mucous Membrane Protection (YouTube Videos)

Target Audience: laboratory researchers

A Brief video showing the difference between MMP and an N95



Recombinant DNA and human gene transfer


The Use of Transgenic Insects in Research and Teaching (PDF 36KB)

Target Audience: Principal Investigators

At the end of training students will be able to...
Better understand rules associated with transgenic insects.

The use of transgenic or genetically modified insects (including fruit flies, bees, ants and butterflies) in research and teaching is governed by the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules (NIH Guidelines).



Lab-Specific Biosafety Manual Template (MS Word, 380KB)

Target Audience: Principal Investigators and lab staff

The purpose of this document is to encourage researchers to think about the hazards specific to their labs and ways to prevent exposures and injuries.

compliant CFC codeThe BMBL lists a 'lab-specific biosafety manual' for BSL2 and up. During lab inspections I found many researchers routinely deficient in this area. I created a skeleton document to start the ball rolling, asking them to fill in the details.




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