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Principles & Practices of Biosafety

March 3-8, 2019
Embassy Suites by Hilton Downtown
San Diego, CA

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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 5:00 pm. In order to receive P.A.C.E. ® contact hours, participants must stay until the end of the Friday session.


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


This course is designed for persons who are entering the profession and those with up to 3-years’ experience in biosafety. It is also suitable for persons who supervise biosafety professionals and for those who will benefit from additional knowledge of biosafety as a complement to their primary responsibilities.

Thank you so much for the wonderful course. I have learned a lot and feel a little more confident in being a Biosafety Officer.

PPB Attendee

This course was one of the best workshop/course that I have taken in my career. Well organized and engaging.

PPB Attendee

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

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

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AGENDA (subject to change)

Sunday, March 3

  • Registration

Monday, March 4

  • Molecular Biology
  • Introduction to Pathogenic Microbiology
  • Risk Assessment

Tuesday, March 5

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

Wednesday, March 6

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

Thursday, March 7

  • Decontamination
  • Disposal
  • Emergency Response
  • Biosecurity

Friday, March 8

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


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

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

Carrie Smith, PhD, RBP, CBSP
Elizabeth Weirich, MS, CBSP
Dee Zimmerman
Not all listed faculty may serve as instructors at this offering. Additional faculty may be added.


Members $2,400
Nonmembers $2,610

Hard copy handouts $50

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 will be provided electronically. There is a $50 fee for hard copy materials.
  • Lunch, beverages, and snacks for all course days.
  • Registration 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 February 4, 2019. There is a 15% processing fee for cancellations. Cancellations between February 4, 2019 and February 11, 2019 will be refunded at 50% of the course fee. No refunds will be given after February 11. Cancelation fees may be waived if there is a waiting list and a replacement can be made – 15% processing fee will apply.


This course is approved for 37.50 P.A.C.E.® contact hours. ABSA International is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program. In order to receive P.A.C.E.® credit, attendees must stay until the Friday session ends (5:00 pm).


A block of rooms has been reserved for ABSA at the
Embassy Suites by Hilton San Diego Bay Downtown
601 Pacific Highway
San Diego, CA  92101

$259/night plus tax

To make reservations: 1-800-Embassy or

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 February 14, 2019 whichever comes first.




ABSA’s Principles and Practices of Biosafety is the best comprehensive source of biosafety that I have encountered. It came highly recommended and it lived up to its name. The interactive exercises and the information that was provided to us will serve me as reference material for months and years to come. Thank you so much to the ABSA team for making this a great learning experience!

PPB Attendee

I wanted to thank you again for an entertaining and informative week. I had a great time and wanted to let you know, the training and resources provided has made a difference in how I view and approach biorisk management.

PPB Attendee

This is by far the best offsite training I’ve ever gone as a student and/or professional! So much learning and so much fun at the same time! It’s a very unique and special faculty group!

PPB Attendee

This training was very valuable because it helped me see how much I already know, learn in more detail about things that I knew but superficially. The fact that the modules were presented by very experienced professionals gave me a sense of great appreciation for the Biosafety and Biosecurity program and willing to participate and be more active in the program

PPB Attendee