ABSA International will continue to provide a discounted conference registration rate to those affiliate members who are not ABSA members. The discount falls between the member and non-member rate. Those interested in the discount will either need to fax/scan or call the ABSA Office and identify their affiliate to receive the discount. If you have any questions, please contact the ABSA Office.
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:
- Ensures the safety of laboratory workers, support staff and the community.
- Assists laboratories in maintaining compliance with applicable NIH, OSHA, CDC, and EPA regulations as well as other relevant State and Local agencies (as applicable).
- Reinforces and rewards a positive working relationship between the Office for Research Safety (ORS) and individual laboratories.
- Grants special dispensation to accredited laboratories in the form of rewards and incentives including recognition, rewards and less frequent inspections.