Past EBSA courses

  1. 12 April 2011

    EBSA14 - Course A. Effective risk assessment for biological activities

    It is a requirement that risk assessments are undertaken before hazardous work is undertaken, however, these assessments must deliver pragmatic outputs in terms of containment and control. This workshop will involve understanding the principles and methods underlying risk assessments for activities involving various hazardous biological materials including genetically modified micro-organisms (GMM) and material where there is known, suspect or possible contamination with infectious agents. Throughout the workshop there will be a number of interactive sessions involving participants to evaluate and comment on the hazard and risk with various biological agents and to consider the effectiveness of the risk assessments.

  2. 20 June 2010

    EBSA13 - Course H Occupational Health Programme for Biosafety (half day)

    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.

  3. 20 June 2010

    EBSA13 - Course G GMO Field Trials (half day)

    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.

  4. 20 June 2010

    EBSA13 - Course F Biosafety Cabinet (half day)

    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.

  5. 20 June 2010

    EBSA13 - Course E Training Methods (full day)

    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.

  6. 20 June 2010

    EBSA13 - Course C Management Systems, CWA 15793 and Implementation of Biorisk Management (full day)

    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.

  7. 20 June 2010

    EBSA13 - Course B Introduction to Laboratory Biosecurity (full day)

    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.

  8. 20 June 2010

    EBSA13 - Course A. Emergency Preparedness and Contingency Planning (full day)

    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.

  9. 13 June 2009

    EBSA12 - Course G. Biosafety professional and its counterparts

    The BSO and the biosafety network: organisation of coordination and collaboration with stake-holders in biosafety and related safety areas

     This workshop covers the interaction and collaboration of the BSP with other stakeholders concerned with biosafety such as scientists, laboratory personnel, the biosafety committee and the management as well as stakeholders concerned with other safety areas such as environ-mental health and safety advisors, occupational health physicians, security managers, facility managers, maintenance personnel…. The purpose of the workshop is to identify and establish ways to have positive and effective interactions with stakeholders and to use synergies through expedient collaboration and coordination.