BSL3 Seminar Series

Returning to Raleigh, NC! Both courses will be able to take advantage of the state-of-the art facility at the new North Carolina Public Health Lab.


  • Learning from 7 biosafety / engineering experts who individually bring 20+ years of experiences to the class discussions?
  • Enhancing your grasp of the senior level of CDC and APHL’s “Biosafety Laboratory Competency Guidelines”?
  • Learning more about the BMBL 5th edition guidelines on airflow reversals during HVAC failures and approaches to meet those guidelines?
  • Renovating an aging facility to meet new BSL3 requirements or building a new BSL3 lab?
  • Experiencing creative training methods you can apply in your own facility?
  • Reducing lab operation and maintenance costs without sacrificing safety?
  • A state of the art BSL3 laboratory training facility
  • Limited enrollment for maximum instructor/student interaction
  • A mix of case studies, lecture, demonstrations, facility tours, group exercises and hands-on workshops 
  • Many structured opportunities to network and share challenges and solutions with instructors and fellow students


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BSL3 Facilities: Design, Construction and Beyond

April 23-24, 2018

Our teaching team of an architect, engineer and biosafety engineer, provide practical, “been-there, done-that” information, incorporating real-world experience as well as theoretical knowledge.

Topics include:

  • Risk assessment as a BSL3 design driver
  • The impact of design on operations, safety, and sustainability of BSL3 and ABSL3 facilities
  • The effect of energy efficiency/sustainability efforts on cost savings and safety
  • Complexities of the design/construction/commissioning/verification processes
  • BSL3 laboratory guidelines, including an update on the late-breaking details of the new ANSI Z9.14 Laboratory Validation Standard – BSL3 Laboratory Decommissioning Standard from an Instructor who served on the drafting committee.
  • Primary containment equipment and exhaust needs
  • Architectural planning issues
  • Role of HVAC in containment
  • Using airflow to control and remove airborne contaminants
  • Designing for decontamination and waste management

Special features of the course include:

  • A focus on case studies and lessons learned in the many facilities designed or operated by our instructors.
  • Tour of a newly-built laboratory facility and in hands-on exercises in a BSL3 training lab.
  • Structured “office hours” that provide a time to have your specific questions answered by our instructors
  • Optional “Blueprint Reading 101” session

Advanced BSL3 Work Practices and Procedures

April 25-26, 2018

This is an advanced-level class In an intensive two day course structured around the complexities of three real-life scenarios, a highly experienced teaching team of subject matter experts will explore the concepts contained in the senior level of CDC’s recent “Biosafety Laboratory Competency Guidelines.”

Topics include:

  • Risk assessment as an ongoing process through the life of a BSL-3 project
  • Operational considerations for BSL-3 facilities
  • Selecting and maintaining Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Ensuring safe operation of Biological Safety Cabinets (BSCs)
  • Dealing with occupational health issues in BSL3 labs
  • Planning for, training for and responding to emergencies
  • (Almost) painless laboratory inspections
  • Ensuring biosecurity

Special features of the course include:

  • Lively discussions about real-world situations
  • Hands-on workshops in a dedicated BSL3 training lab
  • Interactive learning activities you can use in your own facilities