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FINAL CALL! Feb 28, 2019 @ 1PM ET/12PM CT| MABioN Webinar – Safety Games: The Hunt For Program Awareness And Buy-in

FINAL CALL! Feb 28, 2019 @ 1PM ET/12PM CT| MABioN Webinar – Safety Games: The hunt for program awareness and buy-in

MABioN is proud to offer a webinar discussing

Safety Games: The hunt for program awareness and buy-in

In October 2018, the Office of Research Safety (ORS) at the University of Chicago conducted a safety-oriented, team-based scavenger hunt, in part to promote National Biosafety Month. By gamifying this endeavor, we hoped to achieve the following goals: 1) Build awareness of ORS roles and responsibilities; 2) Promote ORS functions; 3) Provide fun and memorable education; and 4) Generate good-will and increase buy-in from researchers.

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Dec 6, 2018 @ 1PM ET/12PM CT| MABioN Webinar – A Change In Climate Can Lead To A Better Safety Culture

Dec 6, 2018 @ 1PM ET/12PM CT| MABioN Webinar – A Change in Climate Can Lead to a Better Safety Culture

MABioN is proud to offer a webinar discussing

A Change in Climate Can Lead to a Better Safety Culture

Laboratory animal research presents unique hazards to worker safety. Many times, unsafe conditions are not discovered until an injury occurs. In most cases, the injury could have been prevented had someone informed the staff or safety team of an at-risk condition or a near miss. To cultivate the safety climate in animal facilities and encourage proactive rather than reactive reporting, laboratory animal resource (LAR) groups should partner with the safety, health, and environment (SHE) groups to take a behavioral-based safety (BBS) approach. A primary focus is to measure the performance of culture, rather than the absence of injury. This presentation will look at implementing BBS from both a Safety and LAR management level as well as how BBS can impact employees from all levels.
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Applied Biosafety: Special Joint Issue! (free)

Applied Biosafety: Special Joint Issue! (free)

In recognition of Biosafety Month, Applied Biosafety and the ILAR Journal have collaborated on a one-of-a-kind themed edition on worker safety when handling laboratory animals. Content of the ILAR Journal will be published online in October 2018 as articles become available. To further promote animal biosafety, Applied Biosafety is providing free access to Volume 23, Number 3 through October 31, 2018. Access the free issue
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ChABSA September 2018 Technical Seminar: “Naval Medical Research And Development: 74 Years Of Innovation” Presented By: Michael G. Prouty, Ph.D. LCDR, MSC

ChABSA September 2018 Technical Seminar: “Naval Medical Research and Development: 74 Years of Innovation” presented by: Michael G. Prouty, Ph.D. LCDR, MSC

ChABSA September 2018 Technical Seminar Announcement  "Naval Medical Research and Development: 74 Years of Innovation" Michael G. Prouty, Ph.D. LCDR, MSC, USN Department Head, Enteric Diseases Department, Infectious Diseases Directorate Navy Medical Research Center, Silver Spring, MD   Remote Viewing Information: Date the Remote Viewing Event will occur: Thursday, September 13th, 2018 Time that Remote Viewing Event will being – 7:15pm (EDT)   Cost: $30 Amount of ABSA Credential Maintenance (CM) points earned for attending this event = 0.125 CM (PLEASE CLICK HERE if you are interested in reading ABSA’s FAQ regarding their Credential Maintenance Program)   Live remote audience participation with the Event Speaker is possible via phone, computer mic or chat   PLEASE CLICK HERE to register for this event. Remote Viewing is made possible through ChABSA’s joint alliance with the Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals (AHMP) Cyber Chapter.   PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE BY 9/11/18
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Open Position: Biosafety Specialist @ IUPUI

Open position: Biosafety Specialist @ IUPUI

IUPUI has a job opening for a Biosafety Specialist.  This position is part of Indiana University Environmental Health and Safety (IUEHS) and is based out of the Indianapolis campus.  Current application deadline is July 5, 2018, but deadline may be extended if position is not filled.  For additional details about the position and to apply please visit https://iujobs.peopleadmin.com/postings/48469

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2018 MABioN Biosafety Symposium Call For Papers- Submission Deadline Extended To May 23, 2018

2018 MABioN Biosafety Symposium Call for Papers- submission deadline extended to May 23, 2018

The 14th Annual MABioN Biosafety Symposium will be held August 6-8, 2018 at Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS.  We are currently seeking abstracts for scientific program presentations.  The goal of the scientific program is to present a wide array of information that would be of interest to our membership.  Based on the feedback of our membership suggested topics are included below, however, all submissions will be reviewed and considered for inclusion in the scientific program.
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Last Call! May 17, 2018 MABioN Webinar – “IMPLEMENTATION OF A BSL2 RECOGNITION PROGRAM AT NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY”

Last Call! May 17, 2018 MABioN Webinar – “IMPLEMENTATION OF A BSL2 RECOGNITION PROGRAM AT NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY”

The oversight of Biological Safety Level 2 (BSL2) presents a number of challenges in research safety management in many large research institutions.  The reasons for this may vary but are often some combination of lax oversight by the Principal Investigator, disorganization, poor housekeeping and the haphazard use of Personal Protective Equipment.  On the other hand, there are some extraordinarily well managed BSL2 labs that deserve special recognition and dispensation for their efforts. At Northwestern University, our BSL2 Recognition Program both encourages and recognizes those labs that demonstrate and maintenance of a culture of safety and responsibility. Specifically, the Recognition Program:
  1. Ensures the safety of laboratory workers, support staff and the community.
  2. Assists laboratories in maintaining compliance with applicable NIH, OSHA, CDC, and EPA regulations as well as other relevant State and Local agencies (as applicable).
  3. Reinforces and rewards a positive working relationship between the Office for Research Safety (ORS) and individual laboratories.
  4. Grants special dispensation to accredited laboratories in the form of rewards and incentives including recognition, rewards and less frequent inspections.
The primary structure of the Northwestern University BSL2 Recognition Program has been developed in a form of a rubric by which laboratories could be accredited in a standardized fashion.  The rubric uses elements that had already existed as a part of the Office for Research Safety (ORS) Laboratory Safety Review (LSR), a safety checklist that Laboratory Safety Specialists (LSS) use to evaluate a laboratory.  The rubric identifies several key safety elements in which laboratories must not be deficient in order to achieve accreditation.  Additionally, two unannounced laboratory inspections will be conducted within a three month period prior to being considered for accreditation.  Upon achieving accreditation, a laboratory maintains that status for two years during which time laboratory inspections will be waived. Our goal is to recognize and award 10% of the BSL-2 laboratories. We have 230 BSL-2 labs in Chicago and 55 in Evanston. In 2017, we have awarded 7 laboratories on each campus. For 2018, we have recognized 12 laboratories in  Chicago and 1 in Evanston. Our goal for Evanston has been reached, but we are still working on getting few more labs from Chicago.
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ChABSA’s Technical Seminar: “OSHA Regulations, Guidance And Employer Support Programs To Further Safety And Health In Laboratories”

ChABSA’s technical seminar: “OSHA Regulations, Guidance and Employer Support Programs to Further Safety and Health in Laboratories”

ChABSA has partnered with the Alliance of Hazardous Materials Managers (AHMP) Cyber Chapter to allow participants to view and participate in the technical seminar.  If you believe that members of your ABSA affiliate association would be interested in viewing this event, please forward to your members as appropriate.

ChABSA’s next technical seminar information is posted below:

Thomas A. Nerad, MPH, PhD., Director,

Office of Biological Hazards, OSHA,

Directorate of Standards and Guidance, Department of Labor

Will Present on: "OSHA Regulations, Guidance and Employer Support Programs to Further Safety and Health in Laboratories"

Date:  May 16, 2018; Estimated time of speaker presentation 7:15 - 7:30 EDT

Cost is $35.

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Open Position: Biosafety/Biocontainment Manager @ University Of Wyoming

Open position: Biosafety/Biocontainment Manager @ University of Wyoming

The University of Wyoming has an opening for Biosafety/Biocontainment Manager within the Department of Veterinary Sciences and Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory. This position implements and manages a comprehensive Biosafety program, including training, record keeping, and operations in support of the UW Biocontainment Facility (BSL-3). Minimum qualifications: Master’s degree or greater in microbiology, virology, molecular biology, public health, or a closely related field with a minimum of 5 years’ biological safety management experience in a research environment.
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