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Introduction to Biosafety Basics

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Course Running Time:
 68 min | Assessment: 20 min
Eligible: .125 American Biological Safety Association Credentialing Maintenance Credits
Course Material: Downloadable PDF of all presented slides
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Introduction to Biosafety Basics provides the introductory framework to the practices and principles to working with infectious biological agents. Focus is placed on an introduction to infectious agents, assessment of biological hazards and risks, overview of laboratory safety, risk mitigation via personal protective equipment and biosafety cabinets, program management, and biosafety guidelines and regulations.

Introduction to Infectious Agents
At the end of this section you will be able to:
1. Identify certain diseases caused by prions, viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites
2. Explain the different ways disease is transmitted

Assessing Biological Hazards & Biorisks
At the end of this section you will be able to:
1. Understand what the risk factors are when working with a biological agent
2. Understand how an infection can be prevented by modifying the agent or how it is handled

Laboratory Safety Overview: Common Lab Hazards & Basic Safety Thinking
At the end of this section you will be able to:
1. Identify the hierarchy of controls for working with biological hazards
2. Understand the difference between engineering controls and work practice controls
3. Know how to eliminate or replace sharps in the workplace

Biorisk Mitigation: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
At the end of this section you will be able to:
1. Know why personal protective equipment (PPE) is used, and what PPE is appropriate for the work area
2. Understand the limitations of the PPE
3. Know how to select appropriate PPE, based on tasks, work area, temperature, organisms, and chemicals in use
4. Know the difference between masks and respirators
5. Understand which respirator is appropriate for a certain application

Biorisk Mitigation: Biological Safety Cabinets (BSC)
At the end of this section you will be able to:
1. Explain what primary containment means
2. Know the difference between a biological safety cabinet (BSC), a fume hood, and a laminar flow clean air center

Biorisk Mitigation: Laboratory Facility Considerations
At the end of this section you will be able to:
1. Know how the risk group of an organism influences the design of the laboratory where it will be handled
2. Understand when a risk group may not correspond to the biosafety level of a facility
3. Understand the basic design differences between Biosafety Labs (BSL)-1, 2, 3, 4

Biorisk of Bioaerosols
At the end of this section, you should be able to:
1. Understand what a bioaerosol is, and how it could be present in the workplace
2. Know the types of laboratory manipulation that can produce an aerosol
3. Know why laboratory aerosols present a high risk to workers
4. Understand the difference between a disease spread by droplets and one spread by the aerosol or droplet nuclei route

Biosafety Program Management
At the end of this section, you should be able to:
1. List the elements of a good biosafety program
2. List the basic topics a biosafety manual should cover
3. Understand why an occupational health program is important and what types of concerns should be addressed by this program
4. List some of the responsibilities of the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)
5. Know when a biosafety officer is required (per NIH) 6. Understand what procedures an emergency response plan should cover

Biosafety Regulations & Guidelines
At the end of this section you will be able to:
1. List some of the primary US biosafety-related regulations
2. Explain how the various Federal regulatory agencies affect the practice of biosafety

American Biological Safety Association Credentialing Maintenance Credits

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