Advanced BSL3 Practices and Procedures

May 1-2, 2019



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


Who is this course 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:

  • A mix of lecture, demonstrations and hands-on workshops with biosafety experts
  • Group risk assessment exercise
  • Mock laboratory inspection
  • Participate in PPE donning and doffing


What’s included?

  • How to conduct risk assessments
  • Standard and special practices for BSL3 laboratories
  • Working safely and effectively in a Biological Safety Cabinet (BSC)
  • BSL3 facility operation, maintenance, monitoring, and decontamination
  • Selection and use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Preparation for and response to lab emergencies
  • Building biosecurity into laboratory practices
  • (Almost) painless laboratory inspections
  • Waste management techniques
  • How medical surveillance protects workers and the public


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



  • Scott Alderman, CBSP, Director of Operations, Regional Biocontainment Laboratory at Duke
  • James Hill, MD, MPH, FACOEM, Medical Director, Occupational Health, University of North Carolina
  • J. Paul Jennette, PE, RBP, Director of College Biocontainment Operations, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Paul Meechan, PhD, MPH, RBP, CBSP, Biosafety Consultant
  • Mary Ann Sondrini, EdM, Executive Director, Eagleson Institute




  • Principles and Practices for Surviving in the BSL3 Laboratory
  • Laboratory Facilities and Operations
  • PPE
  • North Carolina Public Health Lab
    • Mock Inspection
    • Biological Safety Cabinets


  • Risk Assessment Activity
  • Laboratory Management
    • Emergency Response Plan
    • Training Programs
  • Medical Surveillance
  • Laboratory Inspections
  • Laboratory Biosecurity
  • Review Activity



  • “BSL3 Facilities: Design and Operation” and “Advanced BSL3 Practices and Procedures” include a course manual, lunch each day, and an Eagleson Institute certificate. Individual tuition is $1045 (per class). If you register for both of those classes, you save $200.00.