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Important 2020 Symposium Announcement

REMEMBER WHEN WE SAID MARK YOUR CALENDAR? WELL – YOU CAN UNMARK IT…AND MARK IT AGAIN

Because it’s now more important than ever, the 16th Annual MABioN Biosafety Symposium will still be held, just not in-person and not August 3-5, 2020 in Ann Arbor, MI. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our annual Biosafety Symposium will be held remotely through our GoToWebinar platform. You can still participate, present, and attend – and get CM points from ABSA – but you can do it from home or office. Our hope is to not only have our usual attendance of 40-50 members but to double or even triple attendance to provide CM points for the many biosafety professionals out there that will be unable to attend other regional affiliate symposiums or training courses that may have been canceled due to COVID-19 or travel restrictions.

Logistics and planning are ongoing and the plan is still being developed, but we are envisioning several 2-4 hour sessions in late July/early August, and 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.

New Call for Abstract Submissions (Due June 21, 2020)

You DO NOT need to be a member to present at the symposium.

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.

For current MABioN members who present at the symposium, your name will be entered in a drawing for free 2020 ABSA conference registration. One (1) winner will be chosen at the conclusion of the symposium whose 2020 ABSA conference registration fee will be paid by MABioN*.

*Does not include preconference course fee or any other expenses. Winner must confirm that he/she is planning on attending the upcoming 2020 ABSA conference and has other funding source for all other travel expenses.

Topic Suggestions:

  • Best Practices vs. Regulatory Compliance vs. Reality, aka Biosafety Program Development & Management
  • Biosafety and Emerging Technologies Risk Assessment (Gene Editing Techniques, Novel Equipment Platforms)
  • Securing Buy-in and Support for Biosafety Programs
  • Animal Biosafety Issues
  • Case Studies and Risk Assessments for Specific Agents, Experimental Procedures, etc.
  • Respiratory Protection and PPE – Selection, Use, Training
  • Dealing with an Influx of COVID-19-related Projects
  • Providing Biosafety Guidance During Research Ramp-downs and Ramp-ups

Remember, presentations at ABSA affiliate meetings may be eligible for CM points!

Please complete the call for papers submission form no later than June 21, 2020.


Open Position: Biological Safety Specialist @ Northwestern University|Chicago, IL

Position Title: Biological Safety Specialist (Job ID: 44302)

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Department: Office for Research Safety

Job Type: Full Time

Salary/Grade: EXS/9

Job Summary:

Under the direction of the Biosafety Officer (BSO), the Senior Biological Safety Specialist (BSS) oversees the Biosafety Level 3 (BSL3) Core Facility. The BSS trains users, manages access, monitors use, maintains supplies, and identifies, evaluates, and controls the biological hazards and related operational issues that may arise. The BSS is responsible for ensuring the safe, day-to-day operation of the Facility.

The secondary role of this position is oversight of safety compliance in other FSM Core Facilities. The incumbent is responsible for periodic lab safety reviews, audits, and inspection of FSM Core Facilities, providing follow-up assistance as needed, documenting findings in safety management systems, and preparing summary reports of identified safety hazards.

This position performs risk assessments, hazard analysis, safety audits and promotes safe work practices for Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine Core Facilities. The incumbent will work with the principal investigators, researchers, and administrators in assigned departments to develop policies, procedures, and strategies to mitigate safety hazards on campus. This position will serve as a specialist for the biological safety group on the Chicago campus. Safety support services include response to laboratory emergencies, incident investigations, and other responsibilities as needed.

Please note: Must carry a cell phone pager at all times while at work. May be required to wear a pager during off-hours. Incumbent must be physically capable of hazardous materials response: wearing chemical protective clothing and a self-contained breathing apparatus (including respirators) during emergency response.

Must pass pre-employment physical screening. Fit to carry 50lbs, walk extensively

This position may work directly with, or work in laboratory environments containing, hazardous chemicals, biological and radioactive materials. Waste duties may require handling of biohazardous materials and lifting/moving heavy containers. Regular use of personal protective equipment will occur.

Specific Responsibilities:

• Day-to-day oversight of the Morton BSL3 Core Facility. Manage access, monitor use, maintain stocks, and oversee waste disposal in the Facility. Administer appropriate laboratory safety training curricula for the BSL3 Core Facility users, including, but not limited to, facility entry/exit procedures, bloodborne pathogens, personal protective equipment, respiratory protection, and biosafety.
• Oversees safety compliance in the BSL3 Core facility. Advise users on laboratory practices, safety equipment, and decontamination procedures. Collaborate with animal care veterinarians and supervisors on research projects requiring animals in BSL3 containment.
• Works with scientists to integrate safety procedures into FSM core facility operations. The incumbent promotes safe work practices based on regulatory requirements, incident experience, best management practice, and University policy. Works with the Research Safety lab safety team to make consistent recommendations. Use safety management systems for documentation and metrics
• Collaborates with Research Safety staff to learn and assist other program areas such as training and IBC oversight for FSM Core Facilities.
• Serves as a “First Responder” for HAZMAT and laboratory emergencies in the BSL3 facility. The incumbent must carry a cell phone/pager while at work and occasionally provide after-hours and weekend support for emergencies when needed. Capable of wearing up to Level B PPE. Assist with training and outreach with emergency response authorities.

Minimum Qualifications:

• BS in microbiology, biology, or another biological science program.
• 2-3 years of experience in a BSL3 research laboratory
• Knowledge of laboratory safety, biological safety, or BSL3 operations.
• Must be physically fit to carry at least 50lbs, walk extensively, and be capable of wearing chemical protective clothing, including respirators or SCBA.

Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)

• Adept learner capable of receiving training and coaching in advanced subject matter such as science or technology and mastering material over Time.
• Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills. Ability to work with individuals from many cultural backgrounds and varying language skills.
• Demonstrated written and oral presentation skills, ability to keep careful records, complete assigned forms, follow up as necessary to meet identified needs.
• Self-motivated to work independently following established policies and procedures.
• Demonstrated skills in computer programs and applications.
• Excellent skills in problem-solving, time management, teamwork, and project management.
• Outstanding ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and work independently.
• Outstanding ability to take the initiative and manage projects with minimum supervision.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Master’s degree or Ph.D. in microbiology, biology, or another biological science program.
• 4-7 years of experience in a research laboratory
• Knowledge of EHS safety management systems and reporting metrics.

Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)

• Professional-level certifications such as Registered Biosafety Professional or Certified Biosafety Professional.
• Experience working within an academic research institution.
• Experience developing and conducting training in BSL3 facilities.
• Experience recognizing hazards and conducting inspections.
• Participation and response in HAZMAT emergencies.
• Experience addressing environmental health and safety concerns.
• Implementing environmental health and safety programs.

Please apply online at https://careers.northwestern.edu/psp/hr857prd_er/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM_FL.HRS_CG_SEARCH_FL.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST_FL&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=1&JobOpeningId=44302&PostingSeq=1

Benefits:
At Northwestern, we are proud to provide meaningful, competitive, high-quality health care plans, retirement benefits, tuition discounts and more! Visit us at https://www.northwestern.edu/hr/benefits/index.html to learn more.

Work-Life and Wellness:
Northwestern offers comprehensive programs and services to help you and your family navigate life’s challenges and opportunities, and adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles.
We support flexible work arrangements where possible and programs to help you locate and pay for quality, affordable childcare and senior/adult care. Visit us at https://www.northwestern.edu/hr/benefits/work-life/index.html to learn more.

Professional Growth & Development:
Northwestern supports employee career development in all circumstances whether your workspace is on campus or at home. If you’re interested in developing your professional potential or continuing your formal education, we offer a variety of tools and resources. Visit us at https://www.northwestern.edu/hr/learning/index.html to learn more.

Northwestern requires all staff and faculty to be vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to limited exceptions. For more information, please visit our COVID-19 and Campus Updates website.

The Northwestern campus sits on the traditional homelands of the people of the Council of Three Fires, the Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Odawa as well as the Menominee, Miami and Ho-Chunk nations. We acknowledge and honor the original people of the land upon which Northwestern University stands, and the Native people who remain on this land today.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Click for information on EEO is the Law.

2022 MABioN Executive Council and Committee Call to Service

Dear MABioN Members,

2022 is an election year for MABioN. We are soliciting volunteers from the membership that are interested in becoming more active in MABioN by serving on the Executive Council and/or as members of standing committees. 

Current (paid) MABioN members are eligible to serve in any open position. Descriptions of Executive Council positions and standing committees are included below. Please complete and submit the Call to Service form below by May 31st, 2022 by completing this form. Elections will be held in June 2022 via electronic ballot.

Please feel free to contact Brandy Nelson, Past President at brandy.nelson@uky.edu, or any member of the current Executive Council if you have questions about volunteering for any of these roles or if you know another member who would be a good fit for the positions listed.

Thanks to all MABioN members for your past, present, and future service to our affiliate!

Brandy Nelson

MABioN Past-President

President:  The President shall be the chief executive officer of the Associate, shall have general charge and supervisions over and responsibility for the affairs of the Association, shall preside at all meetings of the Council as Chairperson; shall represent the general membership at professional functions; and mediates any disputes over procedural matters.  Unless otherwise directed by the Council, all other officers shall be subject to the authority and supervision of the president.  The President may enter into and execute in the name of the Association contracts or other instruments not in the regular course of business that are authorized, either generally or specifically, by the Council.  The President shall have the general powers and duties of management usually vested in the office of president of a corporation.  The President may delegate from time to time to any other officer, any or all of such duties and authority.  The President-Elect shall serve as the Chair of the Annual Midwest Area Biosafety Network, Inc. Symposium.  In this role the President-Elect will work closely with the Symposium Host to ensure they have the support of the Council and resources required to host the Annual Biological Safety Symposium.  The President-Elect shall serve as the trustee member of the Education committee.  The President-Elect shall also have such duties and possess such authority as may be delegated to the President-Elect by the President and perform the duties of the President in his or her absence.

Treasurer:  The Treasurer shall have the custody of the funds and securities of the Association and shall keep or cause to be kept regular books of account for the Association.  The Treasurer shall perform such other duties and possess such other powers as are incident to the office or as shall be assigned by the President or the Council.

Secretary:  The Secretary shall cause notices of all meetings to be served as prescribed in these bylaws and shall keep or cause to be kept the minutes of all meetings of the Council.  The Secretary shall serve as the council member of the Membership committee.  The Secretary shall perform such duties and possess such powers as are incident to the office or as shall be assigned by the President or the Council.

Councilor:  The Councilors-at-Large shall participate in Council meetings and provide additional representation of the membership on Council actions.  Councilors-at-Large may serve as council members of committees as needed and should serve as active participants in a committee of their choice. 

Executive Council Position Descriptions:

Committee Descriptions:

Education Committee:  The Education Committee is responsible for developing webinars, training opportunities, educational materials, and symposium scientific programs which represent the educational needs and interests of the membership.  This committee will work closely with the Communications Director to coordinate the registration and presentation of webinars.  The President-Elect will serve as the trustee member of the committee to support his/her role as MABioN Symposium Chair.

Communications Committee:  The Communications Committee is responsible for supporting the Association’s web resources, social media presence, and member communications.  This includes educational opportunity registrations, webinar presentations, web-based surveys, and elections conducted electronically.  The Communications Director will serve as the trustee member of the committee.

Membership Committee:  The Membership Committee is responsible for promoting MABioN membership to biosafety professionals and other interested individuals in the geographic area assigned to the affiliate.  The Membership Committee will make efforts to cross-promote membership and its benefits to other ABSA International affiliate groups and other relevant professional organization members.  The Secretary will serve as the trustee member of the committee to ensure provision of an accurate and current membership roster to the committee members.

Biological Safety Professional – University of Missouri Columbia (LIDR)

About the job

Hiring Department

Division of Research, Innovation & Impact — Laboratory for Infectious Disease Research (LIDR)

Job Description

The University of Missouri Laboratory for Infectious Disease Research (LIDR) is a Regional Biocontainment Laboratory located on the MU-Columbia campus. LIDR is a critical resource for University of Missouri faculty and collaborating scientists who perform research on infectious diseases and is part of our nation’s effort to protect public health.

Manage the operations of the Biosafety level 3 (BSL-3) and Animal Biosafety Level 3 (ABSL-3) containment facilities. Provide technical guidance to faculty and staff regarding facilities, work practices and equipment for protection of personnel, laboratories and environment from biological hazards in accordance with applicable University policies and state and federal laws.

Duties

Develop and implement emergency response procedures for incidents involving bio hazardous agents and materials. Respond (on call) to hazardous materials incidents as appropriate.

Determine if/when facility decontamination is needed and the type of decontamination. Coordinate decontamination activities.

Inspect research facilities for compliance with regulations and University policies and procedures pertaining to use, handling, and disposal of potential biohazards and recombinant DNA.

Participate with DEHS and other emergency responders in planning and implementation of regular incident response drills and exercises.

Review plans for laboratory renovation of existing facilities to assure adherence to current Biosafety and biosecurity practices.

Regularly review and update Facility Operations & Management Manual in consultation with appropriate health and safety offices.

Provide compliance reporting as required by health and safety offices.

Collaborate with LIDR Director to review experiment design, protocols and procedures and conduct risk assessments for select agent research.

Review research grant applications, proposals, and activities involving hazardous materials and recombinant DNA to ensure safe practices.Advise on and assure compliance with all federal, state and institutional regulations and guidelines.

Coordinate with the LIDR Operations Commmittee and the Responsible Official to enforce all federal Select Agent Regulations.

Work in conjunction with the LIDR Director to provide biological safety training for faculty, staff and students and approve access of trained personnel to use facilities.Train facility personnel on safe work practices in a BSL/ABSL-3 laboratory in accordance with applicable federal, state, granting agency regulations and institutional policies and procedures.

In coordination with the LIDR Operations Committee and appropriate health and safety offices, investigate accidents in regard to Biosafety issues and develop corrective action plans.

Work with building users to identify individuals for participation in the MU Occupational Health and Safety Program.

Salary

$62,000 – $118,752

Grade: GGS 12

University Title: Biological Safety Professional Lead

Internal applicants can determine their university title by accessing the Talent Profile tile in myHR.

Shift

Monday – Friday, 8 am to 5 pm with occasional nights and weekends

Minimum Qualifications

A Master’s degree in related/ relevant area and at least 4 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary. Additional degree and licensures as required by state/federal laws

Preferred Qualifications

In addition, successful candidate should have working knowledge of NIH and CDC guidelines.Applicants should have excellent verbal, written, computer and interpersonal skills.Access to the LIDR is strictly controlled, limited to a small number of MU faculty, staff and students. Access to the LIDR requires initial and ongoing comprehensive training in handling biohazards as well as a requirement for a security background check.

Application Materials

Application, cover letter, and resume

Columbia Missouri Information

Columbia, Mo., is known as an ideal college town, combining small-town comforts, community spirit and low cost of living with big-city culture, activities and resources. Home to nationally renowned public schools and other colleges and educational centers, Columbia is packed with restaurants and entertainment venues and hosts more than a dozen annual cultural festivals.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.

EEO IS THE LAW

To read more about Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) please use the following links:

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DIRECTIONS TO APPLY:

1. Select the link to access our careers site.

2. Sign In to access your account or if you are not an existing user select the New User link to create one.

3. Review the job description and select the Apply button to begin your application.

https://erecruit.umsystem.edu/psp/tamext/COLUM/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM_FL.HRS_CG_SEARCH_FL.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST_FL&Action=U&SiteId=6&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=6&JobOpeningId=41668&PostingSeq=1

2022 MABioN Biosafety Symposium Call for Abstracts- submission deadline June 10, 2022

MARK YOUR CALENDAR! The 18th Annual MABioN Biosafety Hybrid Symposium will be held August 1-3, 2022 at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. We are currently seeking abstracts for scientific program presentations. The goal is to present a wide array of information that would be of interest to our membership. You DO NOT need to be a member to present at the symposium and this would be a good opportunity to present at a regional ABSA affiliate without having to travel too far (or at all).  Additionally, presenters will have the option to present in person or virtually.

Remember, biosafety presentations at ABSA affiliate meetings may be eligible for CM points!


For current MABioN members who present at the symposium, your name will be entered in a drawing for free ABSA International 65th Annual Biosafety and Biosecurity Conference registration. One (1) winner will be chosen at the conclusion of the symposium whose 2022 ABSA conference registration fee* will be paid by MABioN.
*Does not include preconference course fee or any other expenses. Winner must confirm that he/she is planning on attending the upcoming 2022 ABSA conference and has other funding source(s) for all other expenses


Topic Suggestions:

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:

  • Best Practices vs. Regulatory Compliance vs. Reality, aka Biosafety Program Development & Management
  • Biosafety and Emerging Technologies Risk Assessment (Gene Editing Techniques, Novel Equipment Platforms)
  • Securing Buy-in and Support for Biosafety Programs
  • Animal Biosafety Issues
  • Case Studies and Risk Assessments for Specific Agents, Experimental Procedures, etc.
  • Respiratory Protection and PPE – Selection, Use, Training
  • Dealing with an Influx of COVID-19-related Projects
  • Providing Biosafety Guidance During Research Ramp-downs and Ramp-ups

Please complete the call for papers submission form no later than June 10, 2022.

For more information or to submit an abstract by clicking below:

Mar 17, 2022 @ noon | FREE MABioN Webinar – The Dirt of Disinfection

MABioN is proud to offer a webinar discussing

The Dirt of Disinfection

Please note that the webinar is postponed for one week to Mar 17 (from the original Mar 10). Sorry for any inconvenience that may have caused. But, hey is free!

Join MABioN for a FREE webinar about disinfection practices and products. The two speakers will discuss high containment and low containment disinfection and there will be a brief Q&A after the presentations.

Presented by: Margaret Juergensmeyer & Michael Miles

Margaret Juergensmeyer is one of the BRI’s biosafety specialists. As a team member of the biological safety program, her responsibilities include assisting with the internal biosafety and biosecurity training program and supporting the oversight of laboratory biosafety and biosecurity programs in a facility that includes BSL-3, ABSL-3, ABSL-3Ag and ACL-3 facilities. She also assists in assuring compliance with the Select Agent Program.
Before coming to Kansas State, she was the biosafety officer at the Institute for Food Safety and Health in Illinois, where she developed a campus-wide biosafety program and a select agent program. Prior to that, she did contract research on a wide variety of infectious agents, including BSL-3 and ABSL-3 work with Bacillus anthracis, Yersinia pestis, Francisella tularensis, Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus, and Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis Virus.
Margaret has a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from Oregon State University, and a doctorate in biology from Kansas State University.
Margaret is a Registered Biosafety Professional and a member of ABSA International and MABioN. She is currently an ABSA International Council member, as well as serving on several committees.

Michael Miles received his MS from the University of Illinois’ School of Molecular and Cellular Biology in 2007 and has worked at the U of I as a safety professional since July of 2011. Michael works to support campus safety programs through the Institutional Biosafety Committee and the lab inspection program. Michael is Registered Biosafety Professional with ABSA International.

MABioN is offering this webinar for FREE! Registration required!

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Chesapeake Area Biological Safety Association (ChABSA) Virtual Technical Series Seminar: Evolving Design Philosophies for Containment Laboratories- Nov 16, 2021 5-6:30PM ET

The Chesapeake Area Biological Safety Association (ChABSA) is pleased to once again offer remote viewing of our Virtual Technical Series Seminars this year to all ABSA affiliates.

“Evolving Design Philosophies for Containment Laboratories.” 

Abstract: 

Evolution of design is ordinarily a slow process of change from one form or level to a better or higher level. We are living in a unique period of time and are challenged to match containment laboratory capacity with the needs and wants of the industry. In this presentation, Mr. Traum describes how a team of talents must work together to build an operational and sustainable laboratory. Mr. Traum gave this presentation at the 2021 Future Laboratory Innovation and Development Summit Forum in Shanghai, China. 

 Click here to register (remember to log in first to get the member discount)

DATE:        November 16, 2021

WHERE:   Virtual platform (GoToWebinar)

TIME:         5:00 PM – 6:30 PM Eastern

COST:       Free (on-line registration only) for ABSA Affiliates, $10 for non-members

Bio: 

Mr. Theodore J. Traum, PE, DGCP, CCP has over thirty-five (35) years of experience as a mechanical engineer, industrial engineer and project manager with a focus in high and maximum containment laboratories (BSL-3 and BSL-4), biomedical facilities, hospitals and research facilities. In these roles, he consults with clients and oversees laboratory planning, programming, commissioning, validation and third-party certification activities for significant biocontainment, laboratory, vivarium, safety and health projects. He has led a wide range of projects covering regulatory development, standard development, enforcement investigations, targeting, data management and information technology. His work spans both mobile and stationary sources, including laboratories, pilot plants, hospitals, and oil and gas producers. 

Following the September 11, 2001 attacks, Mr. Traum received a considerable influx of biosafety and biocontainment projects to combat bioterrorism. Mr. Traum focused engineering and design efforts towards developing a certification program for biocontainment laboratories, their design, construction, operation, biosafety consultation and maintenance through World BioHazTec (WBHT). Being one of only a few experts in the United States with a significant level of expertise and previous success in niche projects for the healthcare and research laboratories, Mr. Traum became sought after nationally and internationally as the premier consultant for oversight, management, commissioning and certification of Biocontainment Facilities.

As lead principal of WBHT, Mr. Traum serves as our lead SME on environmental data systems and specializes in data analysis and risk assessment design, offering creative solutions to present information to enhance user capabilities, understand results and implement occupational safety and health solutions. Multiple organizations and government agencies have sought Mr. Traum’s expertise for environmental and occupational safety and health regulations and policies including: 

Author of the National Institutes of Health, “BSL-3 Certification Requirements and Checklist”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institutes of Health Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories

World Health Organization Laboratory Safety Manual

ANSI Z9.14: Testing and performance verification methodologies for ventilation systems for Biological Safety Level 3 (BSL-3) and Animal Biological Safety Level 3 (ABSL-3) facilities

NIH, Office of Research Facilities, “Design Requirements Manual”

United States Pharmacopeia <797> Pharmaceutical Compounding – Sterile Preparations (Expert Committee)

Promulgation of the Singapore Biological Agents and Toxins Act

In recent years, Mr. Traum has managed contracts and projects to provide technical guidance on performing HVAC commissioning, risk assessments and/or third-party certification at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration White Oak BSL-3 Laboratory; National Institutes of Health Main Campus and Integrated Research Facilities Buildings; Pfizer; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; Johns Hopkins Institutions; Merck; Shell Oil and Gas; and universities throughout the country and the world. Mr. Traum received the ChABSA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2021.

Virtual 2021 Importation of Biologicals on August 24-26, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. EDT

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations – Detroit Field Office will be hosting the 2021 Importation of Biologicals Workshop via the virtual platform of Webex on August 24-26, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. EDT each day.

Join subject matter experts from across eight (8) federal agencies as they provide guidance on the safe and compliant importation of biological materials. CBP representation will be provided by components that include Agro-Bioterrorism Countermeasures (ABTC), the Detroit Field Office, and the Biological Threat Exclusion Program. Other partner agencies presenting will include the U.S. Federal Select Agent Program (FSAP), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Each day will be organized into 3-4 presentations with time allotted for questions and answers. Please register for each day’s event to attend as many or as few presentations on that day as your schedule permits.

Registration for this free event may be completed online through August 20, 2021, using the links below. Please note each day requires a separate registration. Registration for each day is limited to 1,000 participants due to the virtual platform, so early registration is recommended. To register after August 20, 2021, please email the Detroit Field Office Trade Team at dfotradeoperations@cbp.dhs.gov.

Day 1: Tuesday, August 24, 2021
10:00 a.m. EDT Welcome, Introductions, and Program Overview
10:15 a.m. EDT CBP Agro/Bio-Terrorism Countermeasures: Protecting Agriculture & Public Health
10:45 a.m. EDT Updates from the U.S. Federal Select Agent Program
11:45 a.m. EDT CBP Detroit Field Office: Importation of Biological Substances
12:30 p.m. EDT End of Session Wrap-Up
Registration: https://cbp.webex.com/cbp/j.php?RGID=r5fcd84221979a3cdfb60576274b264e8

Day 2: Wednesday, August 25, 2021
10:00 a.m. EDT U.S. Department of Agriculture: What to Know about Importing Biologicals
10:45 a.m. EDT U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Import and Export Requirements
11:15 a.m. EDT Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Restricted Items
12:00 p.m. EDT Food and Drug Administration Division of Import Operations: Import Requirements
12:45 p.m. EDT End of Session Wrap-Up
Registration: https://cbp.webex.com/cbp/j.php?RGID=ra1c6708ace11c2f4db038b3af4f96640

Day 3: Thursday, August 26, 2021
10:00 a.m. EDT U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Briefing
10:45 a.m. EDT CBP Biological Threat Exclusion Program: Importation of Biologicals – Case Studies
11:45 a.m. EDT Federal Bureau of Investigation Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate
12:30 p.m. EDT End of Session Wrap-Up
Registration: https://cbp.webex.com/cbp/j.php?RGID=r8b0502bda94e9f94455f0db7de655c56

If you have any questions regarding this annual event, please email the Trade Team at dfotradeoperations@cbp.dhs.gov.

2021 MABioN Hybrid Biosafety Symposium Aug 2-4, 2021- early bird registration extended to Jul 23

The 17th Annual MABioN Biosafety Symposium will be held August 2-4, 2021 at University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky. The symposium will be available both in-person or remote. Topics include:

Pre-Conference Course
Making the NIH Guidelines Make Sense

Conference Presentation Topics
Animal Research Biosafety
Updates from the NIH
Supporting Research During the Pandemic
And much more…

The early bird registration has been extended to July 23. Registration fee table for the symposium is as follows:

Before July 23:
Member: $75, Non-member: $100;
After July 23:
Member: $100, Non-member: $125.

Please note that member discount will be taken out during checkout and reflected on the final total prior to checkout. The discount will not display as a separate line due to system limitations.

Detail and registration on the symposium link below
https://mabion.org/events/aug-2-4-2021-17th-annual-mabion-biosafety-symposium-university-of-louisville/

Hope to see you in Louisville!

Front Range Biological Safety Association (FRaBSA) Summer Virtual Business and Technical Meeting- Jul 30, 2021 11am-3pm MST

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

Free to FRaBSA and international members, $10.00 to North America ABSA affiliates including MaBION, $15.00 to non-members.

Meeting Agenda (MST)

  • 10:45 – Gather/Welcome
  • 11:00 – FRaBSA Business Meeting
  • 12:00 – TSS Presentation (Meeting Sponsor)
  • 12:30 – Technical presentations
    • IBC/DURC and infectious agent committees
    • Re-emergence of polio
    • TB worldwide update
  • 3:00 – Adjourn

* all times are MST

This meeting can be utlized as CM points toward RBP/CBSP recertification.  For certification maintenance points for other professional certifications, please contact those various certifying organizations (ABIH, BCSP, etc.).  Attendance certificates will be issued for those individuals who login. The links to the various invitations for themeeting will be unique to the user and cannot be shared. The links are for single, individual use only. 

2021 MABioN Biosafety Symposium Call for Abstracts- submission deadline June 20, 2021

MARK YOUR CALENDAR! The 17th Annual MABioN Biosafety Symposium will be held August 2-4, 2021 at University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky. We are currently seeking abstracts for scientific program presentations. The goal is to present a wide array of information that would be of interest to our membership. You DO NOT need to be a member to present at the symposium and this would be a good opportunity to present at a regional ABSA affiliate without having to travel too far (or at all). Additionally, presenters will have the option to present in person or virtually.


For current MABioN members who present at the symposium, your name will be entered in a drawing for free 2021 ABSA conference registration. One (1) winner will be chosen at the conclusion of the symposium whose 2021 ABSA conference registration fee will be paid by MABioN.*.

*Does not include preconference course fee or any other expenses. Winner must confirm that he/she is planning on attending the upcoming 2021 ABSA conference and has other funding source(s) for all other travel expenses.


Topic Suggestions:

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:

  • Best Practices vs. Regulatory Compliance vs. Reality, aka Biosafety Program Development & Management
  • Biosafety and Emerging Technologies Risk Assessment (Gene Editing Techniques, Novel Equipment Platforms)
  • Securing Buy-in and Support for Biosafety Programs
  • Animal Biosafety Issues
  • Case Studies and Risk Assessments for Specific Agents, Experimental Procedures, etc.
  • Respiratory Protection and PPE – Selection, Use, Training
  • Dealing with an Influx of COVID-19-related Projects
  • Providing Biosafety Guidance During Research Ramp-downs and Ramp-ups

Remember, biosafety presentations at ABSA affiliate meetings may be eligible for CM points!

Please complete the call for papers submission form no later than June 20, 2021.

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