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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.
Presented by: Kim DiGiandomenico and Erin Straley
Senior Manager, Biological, Radiation & Laboratory Safety; BSO
Kim earned her Master’s degree from Duquesne University in Environmental Science and Management and shortly after, joined the research group of Dr. Robert Nakamoto (University of Virginia) where her work focused on identifying membrane protein structural genomics of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis genome. Kim joined the safety profession in 2004 at Vanderbilt University. In 2013, Kim became a Registered Biosafety Professional. She is an active member of the Chesapeake Area Biological Safety Association, recently completing a 3-year term as Councilor where her primary responsibility was organizing pre-symposium workshops, vetting speakers and serving as master of ceremonies. Highlights of her safety career include 2014 recipient of the National Poster Award at the ABSA International Biosafety Conference and the Safety, Health & Environment: SHE Across AstraZeneca 2016 Global Excellence Award.
Manager, Laboratory Animal Resources
Erin has a BS in Biology from York College of Pennsylvania and a MS in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University. She is RLATG and CMAR certified. Erin has been with MedImmune for 14 years with 11 of those in the LAR group. She is a Manger in that group and supervises 10 Research Animal Technicians and is responsible for the day to day management of the Animal Facility at MedImmune’s Gaithersburg location. Erin also serves as the co-chair of the NCAB Programs Committee and was the recipient of the 2017 NCAB Pierson Award.
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