Advanced BSL3 Practices and Procedures

This meeting is virtual in 2021.

Course Description: Our small class size allows participants to learn the basics of BSL3 safety through personalized instruction and lots of hands-on activities. Our teaching team of experienced biosafety professionals, provide practical, “been-there, done-that” information, incorporating real-world experience as well as theoretical knowledge.

This Course Is For: Laboratorians, Facility Managers, Biosafety Professionals, and health and safety professionals who have BSL1 or BSL2 experience who are interested in BSL3 operations and safety issues.

Reasons to Attend: Follow real-world case studies from initial risk assessment through a variety of scenarios and explore how changes in a project can affect practices, PPE and other controls. Learn how to prepare for an train others to respond to emergencies. Examine the roles played by biosecurity and medical surveillance in protecting your workers and the public. Participate in interactive learning activities you can use in your own facilities. Explore competencies through case studies, personalized instruction and hands-on activities in a BSL3 training lab.

Course Instructors:

  • Scott Aldermann, MS, CBSP, Director of Safety and RBL Operations for Human Vaccine Institute Duke University
  • Michelle Gochnour, MN, RN, COHN-S, Senior Occupational Health & Safety Consultant | Environmental Health and Safety, Seattle Children’s
  • Paul Jennette MS, PE RBP, CBSP, Director of Biocontainment Operations/Biosafety Engineer, Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Paul Meechan, PhD, MPH, RBP, CBSP, SM(NRCM) Biosafety Consultant
  • Mary Ann Sondrini, EdM, Executive Director, Eagleson Institute

Class Agenda:

Day One

  • Presentation: Risk Assessment
  • Exercises: Risk Assessment
  • Discussion: SARS CoV 2 Risk Assessment
  • Presentation: Facility Operations


Day Two

  • Exercise:  Facility Operations
  • Exercise:  PPE
  • Discussion:  PPE
  • Presentation: Biosafety Cabinets
  • Game:  Mock Inspection Game 


Day Three

  • Presentation: Medical Surveillance 
  • Exercises:  Emergency Scenarios
  • Discussion: Handling Emergencies
  • Presentation: Safe Use of Sharps


Day Four

  • Discussion: Student-Selected Topics
  • Discussion: Lessons Learned from Sars CoV 2
  • Presentation/Activity:  Training and Communications 
  • Concluding Activity