Past EBSA courses

  1. 11 June 2012

    EBSA15 - Course D. Biosafety aspects and management of the design and construction of biocontainment facilities (full day)

    This course will present the concepts, envisage technical options and examine the safety and project management issues related to planning of the construction of BSL2 and BSL3 facilities. The approach, starting from establishing the users' requirements, will emphasize the importance of an initial risk assessment, needed to define the scope and concept of the project.

  2. 11 June 2012

    EBSA15 - Course B. Developing and sustaining behavioral-based safety programmes (full day)

    You don't teach a child how to swim with PowerPoint, so why do we spend so much time training people with PowerPoint? We must acknowledge that training does not end with the transfer of a standard operating procedure. 

  3. 11 June 2012

    EBSA15 - Course A. Emergency Preparedness and Contingency Planning (full day)

    From minor lab mishaps to large accidents, the biosafety professional has a central role in minimizing unwanted effects of biological agents when normal biosafety or biosecurity operational controls fail.

  4. 12 April 2011

    EBSA14 - Course G. Current laboratory biosecurity procedures

    This short course will introduce the issues and practical approaches to developing and influencing an effective biosecurity programme.
    The course will introduce delegates to the issues required to develop an effective biosecurity programme at the institute level. The course includes practical and theoretical aspects to adopt and to determine risk.

  5. 12 April 2011

    EBSA14 - Course F. Training methods

    This workshop is intended to provide a basis to set up a training & qualification programme in connection with activities involving biohazards.
    There will be specific focus on different training methods, their pro´s and con´s, costs, what outcome students will have on short- and long term, what group size the different tools are suited for and to evaluation of training.
    After an introduction to training in general and more specifically to education, knowledge and experience, as well as the available training tools, the attendants will set-up in small groups a training programme for an imaginary workplace. At the end of the day, the students will be asked to make a GAP analysis for their own institution and create an institutional action plan for implementing supplemental training methods/tools found needed.

  6. 12 April 2011

    EBSA14 - Course E. Biosafety in laboratory animal facilities

    The first part of the workshop is dedicated to presentations on the basic principles of animal biosafety. An overview about safety measures (operational, work practices, equipment) that relate to small and large animals will be given, including a particular focus on risk assessment of both infected (e.g. animal models for human diseases) and genetically modified animals. Emphasis will be put on containment measures as well as on personal protective equipment.
    In a second part the case study approach will be used to allow participants to work in smaller groups to recognize, to discuss and to assess the hazards and associated risks related to animal handling.

  7. 12 April 2011

    EBSA14 - Course D. Management of BSL3 containment facilities

    This full day course aims at providing research workers, biosafety professionals and facility managers with practical views on how to operate and manage a BSL3 facility in a safe and sustainable way.
    As all BSL3 facilities do not host the same type of activities and are not necessarily designed in a similar way, the link between the type of operations, the infrastructure and the handling and managing practices will be the thread of this workshop. The importance of setting up fully adapted working practices and maintenance programmes will be emphasized.

  8. 12 April 2011

    EBSA14 - Course C. Incident and accident investigation and reporting - nuts and bolts

    In a biosafety setting, accidents and incidents not being properly addressed and corrective action introduced can lead to consequences to the affected individual(s) or even the general public at large.

  9. 12 April 2011

    EBSA14 - Course B. Biosafety audits and inspections - a basic course

    This workshop is intended to provide a basic course on auditing management systems and monitoring safety performance in connection with activities involving biohazards. In addition to setting out the general framework for the audit process, and contrasting this with safety inspections, a number of scenarios will be presented to illustrate some of the difficulties which may be encountered, along with approaches to circumvent these. Points to consider when planning and conducting an audit will be presented together with useful hints based on the auditing experience of the tutors. Based on a case study, audit preparation and strategy as well as communication will be practiced in group work and role playing.