Aug 05

Developing a Culture of Safety in Scientific Research – ABSA Training

Developing a Culture of Safety in Scientific Research
A distance learning opportunity
August 24, 2016
12:30 – 2:30pm (CDT)
Developing a Culture of Safety in Scientific Research on Wednesday, August, 24, 2016 will consist of a panel of EH&S leaders and scientific researchers who will discuss different aspects of safety culture in laboratories. Beyond rules, regulations, and compliance, what makes the individuals of organization aware and active participants in safeguarding themselves and their coworkers against accidents? The panel will discuss programs and strategies from perspectives, aiming to provide ideas and strategies from different perspectives on how EH&S and researchers can work together.
Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Describe the critical elements one should pay attention to when moving toward a better safety culture
  • Identify simple steps one can take toward a culture of safety
  • Explain how to adjust if you already have a negative safety culture
The webinar will be presented by:
Nathan Watson, CEP
BioRaft
Cambridge, MA
The Panelists will be:
Amy Haberman, ASP
Director of Laboratory Safety
College of Engineering Laboratory Safety

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

 

Michael Labosky, CIH, CSP

Assistant to Director
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA
This webinar will be a 2-hour webinar session on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 12:30pm CDT. This course has been approved for 0.25 CM points toward RBP/CBSP recertification. * ABSA International is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.®Program.  This course is approved for 2.30 P.A.C.E.® contact hours.
Additional information and registration can be found at
ABSA International
info@absa.org

Toll-Free: 866-425-1385
847-949-1517

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Aug 05

Developing Effective Laboratory Safety Training – ABSA Training

Developing Effective Laboratory Safety Training
An ABSA Blended Learning Opportunity
August 30 and September 20, 2016
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm(CDT)
Self-paced portion begins week of 1 August 2016
Training others in biosafety/safety or developing a training program is a critical skill and a growing responsibility for biosafety/safety professionals. “Developing Effective Laboratory Safety Training” is a comprehensive instructional design and training delivery course intended for non-training professionals who want to learn about the fundamentals of adult learning, best practices, and how to produce quality training.
Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:
  1. Design and develop training opportunities to better meet the needs of your organization
  2. Select and implement the most effective and efficient methods of training delivery for your organization
The webinar will be presented by:
Tanya Dvorak, PhD                       Don Callihan, PhD
University of Kentucky                 At-RISK International
Lexington, KY                                Chantilly, VA
This is a blended learning course incorporating self-paced learning modules, self-directed activities, and concluding with 2-two hour webinar sessions. During this course, participants are to create a new or improve an existing training course for use at their institution. The live webinar sessions are highly interactive and will bring together course content through attendee participation and allow participants the opportunity to share and receive feedback on the training course they created during the course. Additionally, the webinars will allow participants to ask questions and gain clarification on the topics covered in the course. Approximately 11-hours should be allotted for the full training course (pre-course assessment through final webinar). Participants will begin this course by using their own personal schedule to plan the completion of a pre-course assessment and four self-paced modules prior to the first webinar. Following the first webinar, completion of the remaining three self-paced modules will take place concluding with the final webinar, post-course assessment, and evaluation. You are required to complete the modules and project, attend the webinar sessions, complete the pre and post assessments, and evaluations in order to earn P.A.C.E.® Contact Hours*. 
This course has been approved for 0.5 CM points toward RBP/CBSP recertification. * ABSA International is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program.  This course is approved for 10.50 P.A.C.E.® contact hours.
Additional information and registration can be found at
ABSA International
info@absa.org

Toll-Free: 866-425-1385
847-949-1517

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Jul 28

AIHA/ASSE Conference Sept 20-21, 2016

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Registration is Open

2016 AIHA RMS / ASSE Fall Technical Conference

September 20th and 21st, 2016

Register Here

Early Bird Pricing: Register by August 19, 2016 to save up to $65 and be entered into a raffle!

  Members Non-Members
  Early Bird Late Registry Early Bird Late Registry
1 Day $150 $190 $195 $235
2 Days $220 $280 $265 $325

Conference Highlights

Keynote Speakers

  • Joanna Watson from NIOSH, will discuss potential impacts of Climate Change on Worker Safety and Health
  • Aaron Trippler, AIHA’s Director of Government Affairs, will discuss the current political climate in Washington D.C. and how it may impact occupational health and safety.

Silica Panel

Discussion of the new silica standard from OSHA and implementation of the standard from industry professionals

 

United Power will provide a live electricity hands-on safety demonstration.

Come hear case studies and success stories from occupational health and safety professionals and recent cutting edge breakthroughs in research which may impact the way we protect our workforce.

Access the full Agenda below

 2016 FTC Agenda

Are you or your company interested having an exhibit or sponsoring the Conference? There is still time to do so.  Click below for more information.

Exhibitor Registration  

Sponsor Registration   

AIHA-RMS • Attn: Megan Meagher, PO Box 472, Lafayette, Colorado 80026, United States

 

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Nov 10

Comment on Proposed Changes to NIH Guidelines

Dear ABSA International Members,

The Technical and Regulatory Review (TRR) Committee would like your help with commenting on proposed changes to the NIH Guidelines. Changes are being proposed to incorporate the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) regarding human gene transfer clinical research protocols. The amendments would specifically affect which protocols go to the RAC, the process by which human gene transfer protocols are reviewed and registered with the NIH, and ultimately streamlining submission requirements.

The Committee has a short window to request, consolidate, and submit comments to ABSA council for approval. Send comments to the Committee Chairs, Eric Steelman and Yolanda Arriaga Stringer no later than November 16. To help with organization, a link to the comment template is available and its use encouraged for submitting comments to the Chairs.

For information regarding the proposed action under the NIH Guidelines, visit: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/10/16/2015-26388/proposed-action-under-the-nih-guidelines-for-research-involving-recombinant-or-synthetic-nucleic
.

To download the comment template, visit:
ABSA TRR Comment Form for NIH Guidelines

Sincerely,

Eric D. Steelman, DHSc, RBP, RLATG
Sr. Biosafety Specialist
Environmental Health and Safety
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Medical Center Blvd, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
p: 336-716-4254 | c: 336-287-1562 | pgr: 336-716-6770 x 6312
Email: esteelma@wakehealth.edu

Yolanda Arriaga Stringer, MS, SM(NRCM), CBSP, RBP
Biological Safety Officer
Children’s Mercy Hospitals & Clinics
2401 Gillham Road
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
Ph: 816.234.9294 (x59294)
Fax: 816.302.9978
Email: ylarriaga@cmh.edu

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Oct 21

Everett Hanel, Jr. Presidential Award

Biosafety director earns acclaim for securing research pathogens | SOURCE

The Colorado State University officer charged with protecting researchers and the public from infectious research pathogens has received international honors for effective safeguards that support research success.

Bob Ellis, CSU biosafety director, earned the Everett Hanel, Jr. Presidential Award from the American Biological Safety Association for outstanding work promoting biosafety and high professional standards.

full article

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Jun 16

HHS selects nine regional Ebola and other special pathogen treatment centers

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2015pres/06/20150612b.html

HHS selects nine regional Ebola and other special pathogen treatment centers
• Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in partnership with Denver Health Medical Center in Denver, Colorado

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