Biosafety Specialist II @ Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

The DDPSC Biosafety Specialist is responsible for supporting the research activities of internal laboratories and external clients. The Biosafety Specialist will provide technical support to the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Department and will act as a liaison between research and safety. This position will be specifically involved in supporting the biosafety function of the EHS Department. The ideal candidate will have some experience supporting a safety department in a research setting, be able to manage a variety of tasks with different levels of complexity and have strong organizational and communication skills.

2024 MABioN Executive Council and Committee Call to Service

Dear MABioN Members, 2024 is an election year for MABioN. We are soliciting volunteers from the membership that are...

2024 Harvard Yale IBC Biosafety Symposium (April 23-24, 2024)

This year’s event will focus on high-risk biohazardous research. The coordinated theme will involve keynote and related presentations on where we are nationally and where we are headed.
Our Employee Health/Emergency Management Roundtable will leave ample time for your questions and all attendees will receive a comprehensive sample Occupational Health plan to use as a template for developing their own plans for high risk biohazardous research at their institutions.
We’ll also feature a first of its kind “live” IBC meeting where all attendees are voting members, where you will gain direct experience in the review of high-risk research protocols. All attendees are voting members of this live IBC Committee.
The event will conclude with recent survey information on how US institutions are addressing the review of high-risk research protocols.
Please join us April 23-24, 2024 either virtually or on the campus of Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.

Open Position: Associate Biological Safety Officer @ Washington University in St. Louis | St. Louis, MO

This is a full-time position in Environmental Health and Safety at Washington University in St. Louis (WU).
  • Supervises Health & Safety Professionals and assist the BSO in overseeing the clinical safety program.
  • Reviews research protocols and perform the initial risk assessment in the areas of potentially infectious microorganisms, potentially biohazardous materials, recombinant DNA, biotechnology, chemical carcinogens, and toxins.
  • Acts as a liaison to faculty and staff as well as to representatives from many regulatory agencies (including CDC, DOJ, and USDA-APHIS) to ensure compliance with regulations pertaining to biological safety. Includes reviewing BSL3 work plans, performing BSL3 inspections, and providing consultative support to faculty, staff, and students who work in or around BSL3 and ABSL3 areas.
  • Serves as an Alternate Responsible Official and assists the BSO/RO in overseeing the Select Agent Program.

January 18, 2024 @ noon (CDT) | FREE MABioN Webinar – Considerations for Working with LCMV – From Bench to Bedside

MABioN is proud to offer a webinar discussing Considerations for Working with LCMV - From Bench to Bedside Webinar...

Midwest Area Biosafety Network

 We represent a group of professionals dedicated to the field of biosafety within the Midwest, Great Lakes, and Great Plains regions of the United States.


2024 MABioN Executive Council Elections are Live!

Ballots have been emailed to current paid members.  The election opens at 8am on June 17th and will close at 5:00pm on June 28th.

If you are not a current paid member and wish to participate in this year’s election, pay your dues or sign up by June 25th to get a ballot.

MABioN Events

20th Annual MABioN Biosafety Symposium








20th Annual MABioN Biosafety Hybrid Symposium Aug 5-7, 2024 @ Ames, Iowa

Hosted by Iowa State University and the National Centers for Animal Health, USDA

The MABioN Annual Symposium is a two day conference for biosafety professionals and others involved in biosafety. The Symposium opens at 1pm on Monday and concludes after lunch on Wednesday. Presentations on various topics related to biosafety are planned for Monday afternoon, all day Tuesday and Wednesday morning. An optional half-day pre-conference workshop will be held Monday morning, and an optional facility tour on Wednesday Morning. Come and network with biosafety professionals in the Midwest area and learn and share information about biosafety. Register separately for the Monday morning workshop, which includes a break and lunch.

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We are an official affiliate of ABSA International. Find out more about that organization here.

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Pathogen Safety Data Sheets

Health Canada has created pathogen safety data sheets similar to Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for chemicals for many human pathogens.


Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories is a joint publication of CDC and NIH and serves as a definitive source of guidance about Biosafety.