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
The ABSA conference is coming up October 12-17, 2018 at Charleston Convention Center. As usual, MABioN will be having our members meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018 at lunch in Room 13. Please complete this survey if you are planning on attending the conference, luncheon, or both so we could do a head count.
The approved photos and presentations for the 14th Annual MABioN Biosafety Symposium are now available on MABioN website. All files are housed in member-only section of this website. You will not be able to see the corresponding tabs and files if you are not an active member. The photos are located under Event > Photo Gallery. The presentations can be accessed either in direct file format under Membership > Documents or in a schedule format under the Events > Symposium link. New this year, all symposium attendees are provided free membership for the remainder of 2018. If you attended the symposium and would like to activate your membership, please register by clicking the "Log in" button on the upper right, followed by completing the "Register" process. Submit a contact form with your "Username" and put "2018 symposium membership activation" in comments and your account will be activated in 24hrs.
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
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
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)
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.
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.
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.