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2018 MABioN Election Results

2018 MABioN Election Results

The results are in and the MABioN Executive Council for 2018-2020 is as follows:
  • President Elect: Steven Ziegenfuss, RBP (Alternate Biosafety Officer @ Iowa State University)
  • Secretary: Holley Trucks, MPH, RBP, MT(AAB) (Assistant Biosafety Officer @ University of Kentucky)
  • Treasurer: Anne Dombroski-Brokman, MS, RBP (Biosafety Specialist @ Iowa State University)
  • Councilors: Travis McCarthy, PhD, RBP (Biosafety Officer@ University of Missouri Laboratory for Infectious Disease Research) & Allen Helm, PhD, RBP (Biosafety Officer @ University of Chicago)
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Open Position: High Containment Biosafety Officer @ Texas Biomed

Open position: High Containment Biosafety Officer @ Texas Biomed

The High Containment Biosafety Officer is responsible for assisting with developing, implementing, coordinating and maintaining a comprehensive biosafety program within the Biosafety department at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute with an emphasis on the high and maximum containment areas. Biosafety works to promote a safe and healthy environment for all individuals associated with the Institute, including students, faculty, staff, visitors and those in the surrounding community through technical assistance, education, and regulatory oversight.
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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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Open Position: Research Safety Professional @ University Of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Open position: Research Safety Professional @ University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign is seeking a Research Safety Professional who will specialize in our biosafety programs but also be crossed trained in other areas of our research safety programs.  A complete job description can be found here; https://jobs.illinois.edu/search-jobs/job-details?jobID=93716&job=research-safety-professional-division-of-research-safety-a1800185.
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Final Call! 2018 MABioN Executive Council And Committee Call To Service

Final Call! 2018 MABioN Executive Council and Committee Call to Service

Dear MABioN Members, 2018 is an election year for MABioN.  I am 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 on any open position.  Descriptions of Executive Council positions and standing committees are included below.  Please complete and submit the Call to Service form by March 31st, 2018 by clicking here.  Elections will be held in April 2018 via electronic ballot. Please feel free to contact Mary Cipriano or any member of the current Executive Council if you have questions about volunteering for any of these roles. Mary Cipriano, Past President
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