EBSA13 Preconference Courses 2010

Workshop A   Emergency Preparedness and Contingency Planning (full day)

Instructors :
Toon De Kesel, Bayer BioScience NV, Zwijnaarde/B
Patrick Rüdelsheim, Perseus BVBA, Zwijnaarde/B

Short description:
What if the impossible becomes reality? From trivial lab mishaps to large scale catastrophic accidents, the biosafety officer should be able to minimize deleterious effects of biological agents to the environment in the unintended absence of containment. Emergency management is the process by which organizations manage hazards and the effects of disasters. This process involves planning for the mitigation of the impacts of disasters, preparedness, response and recovery.

This workshop introduces participants into practical biosafety emergency planning, its integration with fire and accident response directions, and will include how to stimulate and raise emergency preparedness and how to change human behaviour in an organization. Human behaviour during any type of emergency is the critical factor in determining the ultimate success or failure of an emergency response. Furthermore, the role of emergency planning is placed in the broader context of restoring the operational and business continuity after an important disturbance, to enable an organization to continue to deliver its critical activities at an acceptable predefined level.

Workshop B Introduction to Laboratory Biosecurity (full day)

Ian Anthony, SIPRI, Solna/S
Jennifer Gaudioso, International Biological Threat Reduction/USA
Erik Heegaard, Biosecurity Institute, Lyngby /DK

Short description:
Laboratory biosecurity has become an important aspect of today's laboratory operations. Recent UN, WHO, EU, and US initiatives and reports have highlighted the importance of strengthening laboratory biosecurity. At the national level, there have been some new biosecurity regulations within the EU while a few other countries expect biosecurity to be addressed as part of their laboratory biosafety requirements. Regardless of the regulatory framework, WHO states that "security precautions should become a routine part of laboratory work, just as have aseptic techniques and other safe microbiological practices." This course will introduce participants to the fundamental principles of laboratory biosecurity. Participants will receive a comprehensive summary of the various issues in the emerging field of biosecurity, an explanation of the rationale for implementing biosecurity, and an introduction to biosecurity risk assessment approaches for developing and implementing cost-effective, performance-based graded protection systems. This course will include lecture and facilitated class discussions. As there are many variations in national regulations, this course will not focus on regulatory compliance. Course Learning Objectives: 1. Students will be able to define biosecurity risk 2. Students will understand the key components to biosecurity risk mitigation 3. Students will learn specific strategies to implement biosecurity in partnership with biosafety.

Workshop C Management Systems, CWA 15793 and Implementation of Biorisk Management (full day)

Goedele De Bruyne, European Commission Joint Research Center, Brussels/B
Philippe Stroot, Xibios - Biosafety Consulting, Tournai/B

Short description:
The purpose of this interactive seminar is to present the principles of integrated risk management systems and explore ways to develop effective biorisk management in an institution. After an introduction to ISO14001 and OHSAS18001, the laboratory biorisk management standard CWA15793 will be presented, compared and discussed. Different ways to use the standard will be considered, together with its possible integration into other management systems in place or to be created. The issue of a possible certification will also be discussed. The seminar will be illustrated by examples of systems integration and a few exercises.

Workshop E Training Methods (full day)

Vibeke Halkjær-Knudsen, Statens Serum Institute Copenhagen/DK
Per Staugaard, Biosafety Training & Consultancy, Utrecht/NL

Short description:
An interactive course to introduce new learning techniques. After an introduction to training in general about qualification, and more specifically to education, knowledge and experience, the trainees will set-out in small groups to discuss real-life-topics and present the results.
Emphasis is of choosing the optimal training tool for the specific training.
A practical session on giving feed back with the aid of photos and videos is part of the workshop.
Specific attention is paid to evaluation of training.
The trainees should be able to design a training program for their institution after this course.

Workshop F   Biosafety Cabinet (half day)

Felix Gmuender, Basler & Hofmann Singapore Pte Ltd/SG

Short description:
Working safely in the biosafety cabinet. The biosafety cabinet (class II) is the most important and most widely used primary barrier found in the microbiological and biomedical laboratory (BSL-2, BSL-3 and BSL-4). Biosafety cabinets protect against aerosol exposure and to a lesser degree against small droplets. The protection of the operator depends on the selection of appropriate types and size of the cabinet, proper function, correct placement of the cabinet in the laboratory, and how the work is organized and carried out. Biosafety cabinets need appropriate maintenance and annual certification. The user (or BSO) should be able to identify malfunctioning cabinets. The course starts with the technical background of the types of biosafety cabinets available on the market, and their strengths and limitations. Video demonstrations are used to illustrate airflow, sample procedures with varying quality and perfection, as well as management of small and large spills in the biosafety cabinet. Participants work in groups to analyze, discuss, and comment the procedures shown and suggest improvements and alternatives.

Learning objectives
Understand different types of BSCs, laminar flow hoods and their applications.
Learn how to place and operate biosafety cabinets from the user's and BSO's perspective. Simple performance tests. Certification requirements (manufacturer and installation).
Learn how to organize your work in the cabinet (set-up until conclusion of work). Learn how to manage small and large spills.

Group exercises: Analyze and comment several examples of procedures and workflows presented in video clips.

Workshop G  GMO Field Trials (half day)

Lucia De Souza, Cutting Edge Solutions GmbH, Riehen/CH

Short description:
How to make a successful field trial with Genetically Modified Organisms? This half day workshop guides trainees through the different phases of preparing, conducting and completing a GMO field trial. Practical, regulatory and public aspects are integrated to structure a project approach ensuring compliance with the applicable legislation and delivery of the research objectives. Tools to perform risk assessment and risk management will be discussed. On the basis of a case study, the trainees will be able to work on the different phases and to identify ways to avoid pitfalls. In addition specific issues reported by the participants will be addressed. The workshop is of interest to applicants as well as authorities.

Workshop H   Occupational Health Programme for Biosafety (half day)

Martin Kuster, Novartis International AG, Basel/CH

Course Objectives:

  • Identify essential elements of an occupational health program targeting biological hazards (incl.  laboratory animals allergy)
  • Use of medical surveillance for base-line and post exposure management
  • Managing special populations: pregnant and immunocompromised employees
  • Managing special issues: Lab animal allergy, Herpes B

Summary of the course:
This course will review the critical interfaces and elements of an occupational health program for people with the potential for exposure to biological hazards (laboratory or production).
The course will also discuss the use of pre-placement and periodical exams, medical surveillance, serum banking, immunizations and treatments (incl. post exposure prophylaxis).
Special hazards like laboratory animal allergy or infections as well as groups of people needing special attention will be reviewed.
The participant should take home the basic elements for an occupational health program to be implemented in her/his facility.