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ABSA INTERNATIONAL

Principles & Practices of Biosafety

July 9-14, 2017
Embassy Suites — Pittsburgh Downtown
Pittsburgh, PA

THIS COURSE IS FULL!

Next offering will be February 18-23, 2018, Embassy Suites Tampa Downtown Convention Center. Additional information will available soon.

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A COMPREHENSIVE, INTERACTIVE 5-DAY COURSE

Principles & Practices of Biosafety will introduce the essential elements of biosafety and provide extensive resource lists for use after the course. Interactive exercises will be used throughout to provide hands-on experience and to encourage networking and problem-solving among participants and instructors.

Sessions begin at 8:00 am each day and end with a roundtable discussion between 5:15 and 5:30 pm with two coffee breaks and lunch provided. The Friday session will end at approximately 3:00 pm.

OBJECTIVES

At the end of the course each participant will be able to:

  • Describe potentially hazardous biological materials, the risks associated with their use, and the means to minimize risk and to protect against or prevent release or exposure
  • Discuss ways to provide effective technical expertise in situations involving potentially hazardous biological materials
  • Identify, locate, and efficiently use key biosafety resources

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

This course is designed for persons who are entering the profession and those with up to three year’s experience in biosafety. It is also suitable for perso ns who supervise biosafety professionals and for those who will benefit from additional knowledge of biosafety as a complement to their primary responsibilities.

Taking part in PPB has provided a sound network of shared goals and outreach with other biosafety professionals that will last a lifetime.

PPB Attendee

I really enjoyed the course. I come from a limited background in biosafety and feel as though I walked out of the course with a much greater feel and understanding of those things I encounter in our biosafety laboratories.

PPB Attendee

Loved the instructors and the fact they were so passionate about the course. They truly did their best to find the most effective and interesting ways to teach us.

PPB Attendee

We’ll organized team of subject matter experts with a broad knowledge base – everyone brings something to the table!

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Class photo from a previous PPB
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AGENDA (subject to change)

Sunday, July 9

  • Registration & Reception

Monday, July 10

  • Molecular Biology
  • Introduction to Pathogenic Microbiology
  • Risk Assessment

Tuesday , July 11

  • Human Source Materials & Mammalian Cell Lines
  • Research Animals & Allergens
  • Biocontainment Equipment
  • Course Dinner (6:30 to 9 :00 pm)

Wednesday, July 12

  • Biocontainment Facilities
  • Biocontainment Practices
  • Biocontainment Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Thursday, July 13

  • Decontamination
  • Disposal
  • Emergency Response
  • Biosecurity

Friday, July 14

  • Shipment and Transfer of Biological Materials
  • Strategies for Effective Biosafety Management & Communication

COURSE FACULTY

(not all listed faculty may serve as instructors at this offering )

LouAnn Burnett, MS, CBSP
Patrick Condreay, PhD , RBP
Natasha Griffith, MS

Hallie Hoskins, RBP, CBSP
Paul Jennette, MS, PE, RBP
Paul Meechan, PhD, MPH, RBP, CBSP

Jeffrey Owens, MS, MPH, CBSP
Elizabeth Weirich, MS, CBSP
Dee Zimmerman
Additional faculty may be added

COURSE FEES ABSA

Members $ 2,250
Non members $ 2,460

Participation is limited to 40 students.

Course fees include:

  • Five full days of interactive instruction from a diversity of well-respected biological safety professionals.
  • Instructor’s handouts, key resource lists, and a variety of critical biosafety information and resources.
  • Lunch, beverages, and snacks for all course days.
  • Welcome Reception on Sunday evening and Class Dinner on Tuesday evening (subject to change).

Confirmed, paid participants will be sent detailed information about the course, location, and other items of interest. Substitutions allowed with notice by June 5, 2017. There is a 15% processing fee for cancellations received before June 5 2017. Cancellations between June 5, 2017 and June 19, 2017 will be refunded at 50% of the course fee. No refunds will be given after June 19. Cancelation fees may be waived if there is a waiting list and a replacement can be made – 15% processing fee will apply.

CONTACT HOURS

This course is approved for 36.50 P.A.C.E. ® contact hours. The American Biological Safety Association is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Program.

ACCOMMODATIONS

A block of rooms has been reserved for ABSA at the Embassy Suites — Pittsburgh Downtown

$189 /night plus tax

EMBASSY SUITES—PITTSBURGH DOWNTOWN
535 SMITHFIELD STREET, PITTSBURGH, PA 15222

To make reservations: 1-800-Embassy (1-800-362-2779)
Ask the reservations agent for the convention/group code: “ABSA – 2017 PPB Conference”

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Booking early allows us to make sure that all participants receive the same discounted rates.
The block of rooms will be available until sold out or June 20, 2017 whichever comes first.

Taking part in PPB has provided a sound network of shared goals and outreach with other biosafety professionals that will last a lifetime.

PPB Attendee

I really enjoyed the course. I come from a limited background in biosafety and feel as though I walked out of the course with a much greater feel and understanding of those things I encounter in our biosafety laboratories.

PPB Attendee

Loved the instructors and the fact they were so passionate about the course. They truly did their best to find the most effective and interesting ways to teach us.

PPB Attendee

We’ll organized team of subject matter experts with a broad knowledge base – everyone brings something to the table!

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