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Introduction to Biosafety

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Introduction to Biosafety
Biosafety Curriculum for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Are your students prepared to work safely in the laboratory?
Research laboratories are unique environments that present specific risks and challenges. Many undergraduates, and even graduate students, lack rigorous instruction in biological safety. They don’t understand the risk present in the laboratory or how to protect themselves from those risks.

ABSA International, in partnership with the National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program (NBBTP), is pleased to announce the offering of a curriculum package for the education of undergraduate science students in the discipline of biological safety; this course is also appropriate for graduate, medical, nursing, public health, and medical technology students. The course is designed as a 12-week semester course, either 1 or 5 credits. The course content is designed to be flexible to allow instructors to select what is appropriate for their specific program needs and schedules.

Covered topics include:

  • History of biosafety microbiology and molecular biology
  • Risk assessment
  • Biosafety levels
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Laboratory facilities and safety equipment
  • Disinfection, decontamination, and sterilization
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Laboratory security and emergency response
  • Administrative controls
  • Current topics in biosafety

The course package includes learning objectives, assessment criteria, a workbook with case studies, exercises, and helpful illustrations and diagrams; it is available free of charge to anyone interested.

There is also a one-week long summer course guide for high school students who plan to pursue careers in science.

Thanks to Dr. Robert Ellis at Colorado State University who kindly provided his course outline to use as a roadmap for this work. Thanks also to Dr. Brandon Hatcher and Dr. Chad Austin who led the NBBTP efforts to develop these courses.

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