Speakers at ISO 35001 – An introduction into the biorisk management standard
ISO 35001 – An introduction into the biorisk management standard
About the speakers
Heather Sheeley BA(Hons), MSc, FISTR has more than 40 years of experience in laboratory research and health and safety across government, private and academic environments. Working internationally, she has an interest in sustainable and effective safety solutions to protect employees and communities. Her work in complex and high risk environments using various risk assessment methods and safe solutions. She is a recognised trainer and presenter on topics especially related to biosafety and sustainable laboratory design. She has publications in journals and books and contributed to many international laboratory safety manuals, standards and guidance documents. She is a former President of the European Biosafety Association, former Chair of the Institute of Safety in Technology and Research and Elected Fellow. Projects and activities include work with OIE, WHO and ISO. Currently an independent consultant on biorisk related projects.
Toon De Kesel
Present Professional Position
Biorisk & EHS Expert
Toon De Kesel is owner and general manager of Febris Biorisk Consult BV, a specialist company providing leading consultative services worldwide in the areas of Biosafety and Biosecurity. He founded Febris Biorisk in 2016. He led several WHO GAPIII IPV/OPV Polio-virus projects at various companies, e.g. Janssen Vaccines BV, Intravacc and Bilthoven Biologicals BV (NL), Praha Vaccines as (CZ), GSK Vaccines NV (BE), Sinovac Ltd (China).
Toon De Kesel was, for more than 15 years (until 2008), Corporate Manager Health, Safety and Environment at Innogenetics NV, a Belgian biopharmaceutical company. He was the biosafety officer for both Innogenetics’ R&D and Bio-manufacturing plants (vaccine production facilities). He has relevant experience in dealing with general safety aspects, occupational health and environmental issues, regulatory matters, laboratory and manufacturing (biosafety) practices, biocontainment facilities and risk assessment involving biological agents (including GMO’s/GMMO’s). He has lots of expertise in technical issues such as risk analysis methodologies, job hazard analysis, work practices, personal protection, disinfection, waste management, emergency procedures, training op personnel, etc. Specific experience in regulatory matters, laboratory and manufacturing practices, high biocontainment facilities - (A)BSL-3), all in relation to EHS and Biosafety.
He then joined, in 2008, DNV Biorisk as Principal Consultant Biorisk, specializing in risk assessment associated with biological systems, and in particular studies relating to laboratory biosafety and biosecurity measures. He was performing risk assessment and safety studies, i.e. HAZOP risk assessment of an effluent treatment plant, SWIFT risk assessment of a HVAC installation, and organizing and giving biorisk training courses.
He was appointed from 2009 to 2016 as Biosafety International Compliance Manager for Bayer Cropscience NV in Gent and was the Global Head of Biological Material Movement. In 2010, he was appointed as the Environmental Safety Manager for the Belgian activities of Bayer Cropscience until December 2014.
He is member of the European Biosafety Association since 1998, and was the EBSA President 2013-2014. He is Chair of the EBSA CWA Strategy Task Group and was member of the EBSA Education and Training Working Group and BTWC/CBRN Task Group. He is a member of the ISO/TC-212 Working Group 5 - Biorisk Management (ISO 35001:2019) and other ISO Biorisk management deliverables (Biorisk management guidance document and Biosafety professional competence).
He was closely involved in the foundation of Belgian Biosafety Professionals (BBP) in 2005 and is Past-Chairman of the BBP (2005-2008). He is Council Member of the Flemish Association for Environmental coordinators (VMx) since 2000. He was former Board Member of the International Federation of Biosafety Associations (IFBA), 2014-2017.