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MABioN Member Luncheon At ABSA Conference

MABioN Member Luncheon at ABSA Conference

MABioN Member Luncheon at the 61st Annual Biological Safety Conference 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,…

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Aug 6-8, 2018 | 14th Annual MABioN Biosafety Symposium

2018 MABioN Biosafety Symposium Hosted by Kansas State University - Manhattan, KS August 6-8, 2018 A two day conference for biosafety professionals and others involved in biosafety. The Symposium opens at 1pm on Monday and concludes after lunch on Wednesday. Presentations on various topics related to biosafety are planned for Monday afternoon, all day Tuesday and Wednesday morning. An optional half-day pre-conference workshop will be held Monday morning, and an optional facility tour on Wednesday afternoon. Come and network with biosafety professionals in the Midwest area and learn and share information about biosafety. Registration will open in June. Call for papers is open and closes May 15th. Symposium registration includes: - Breaks on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday - Lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday - Dinner Reception on Tuesday Night - Optional Wednesday afternoon facility tour * Register separately for the Monday morning workshop, which includes a break and lunch.
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May 17, 2018 | MABioN Webinar – IMPLEMENTATION OF A BSL2 RECOGNITION PROGRAM AT NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

May 17, 2018 | MABioN Webinar – IMPLEMENTATION OF A BSL2 RECOGNITION PROGRAM AT NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

MABioN is proud to offer a webinar discussing the 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…

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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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April 12, 2018 | MABioN Webinar – Looking Beyond The Risk Group:  Challenges In Risk Assessment

April 12, 2018 | MABioN Webinar – Looking Beyond the Risk Group: Challenges in Risk Assessment

MABioN is proud to offer a webinar discussing Looking Beyond the Risk Group: Challenges in Risk Assessment The state of the art in biological research evolves at a very rapid pace. Likewise, public awareness and scrutiny of biological research programs has increased during recent years. Recognizing and mitigating potential risks to the public, environment, and…

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