BSL3 Facilities: Design and Operation

April 29-30, 2019



If you are working toward a safer, more sustainable BSL3 facility, renovating an existing lab, or building from the ground up, this course can help you gain the theoretical and practical knowledge you’ll need. 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?
Design engineers, facility managers, architects, commissioning agents, and anyone involved in designing, managing or maintaining a BSL3 laboratory


Reasons to attend:
Study the impact of design on facility operations
Learn the latest information on energy efficiency / sustainability and cost savings
Focus on case studies and lessons learned by our highly respected experts
Participate in two full days of highly-interactive instruction


What’s included?
In presentations, case studies, hands-on exercises, and one-on-one time with our team of highly respected experts, you’ll learn how design principles impact operations, safety, and sustainability.


Some key topics are:

  • 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





  • Risk Assessment as a Tool for the BSL3 Design Process
  • BSL3 Laboratory Guidelines
  • Interactive Exercises
  • Primary Containment Equipment and Exhaust Needs
  • Architectural Planning Issues
  • Anterooms
  • Interactive Exercises
  • Architectural Lessons Learned
  • “Office Hours”
  • Blueprint Reading 101


  • Role of HVAC in Containment
  • Using Airflow to Control and Remove Airborne Contaminants
  • HVAC System Components
  • Commissioning and Verification
  • Engineering Lessons Learned
  • Designing for Decontamination and Waste Management
  • Operational and Maintenance Lessons Learned
  • Round Table Discussion



  • “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.