Jan 13

Q&A Infectious Substance Shipping

Q&A Infectious Substance Shipping
A distance learning opportunity
February 17, 2017
12:30 – 3:00pm (CST)

Q&A Infectious Substance Shipping webinar provides an opportunity for participants to learn about recent changes to international regulations and interact with a panel of shipping experts. Regulatory experts from organizations including the DOT, FAA, IATA, and FedEx have been invited along with a packaging expert from Saf-T-Pak to discuss hazardous material shipping. Participants will be afforded an opportunity to submit questions for the panel to review in advance. As many questions as possible will be discussed during the webinar. Questions not addressed will be collated, answered by the experts, and provided to all participants along with a transcript of the session.

Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:
• Recognize the recent changes to the regulations affecting the shipment of infectious substances
• Answer frequently asked questions related to infectious substance shipping
• Locate contact information and familiarity with regulatory experts able to assist with future questions or shipping challenges
• Identify the answers to detailed shipping questions and advanced topics that are not usually addressed in basic dangerous goods shipping courses

The webinar will be presented by:
Eric Cook, MPH, CBSP
Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, New Mexico

The panelists for the webinar will be:
Steve Brooks, FAA
Eileen Edmonson, DOT
Jay Johnson, Saf-T-Pak

This webinar will be a 2-1/2-hour webinar session on Friday, February 17, 2017 at 12:30pm CST. For the webinar, you should plan on logging in at 12:15 pm (CST) on February 17. You are required to attend the webinar session, complete the pre and post assessments, and evaluation in order to earn P.A.C.E.® Contact Hours*.

Additional information and registration can be found at
http://www.absa.org/eduonline.html

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Jan 13

Leadership Day in Biosafety

A Virtual Conference Experience
April 14, 2017 @ 10:00 – 6:00 PM ESTConfirmed Speakers Include
Sean Kaufman – Behavioral-Based Improvement Solutions |  Dr. Robert Hawley – Private Consultant |  Jim Welch – Elizabeth R. Griffin Research Foundation |  Maureen Sullivan – Minnesota Department of Health | James Blaine – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | Dr. Anwar Nasim – Private Consultant |  Maureen O’Leary – ABSA International | Sarah Ziegler – Southern Research | Dr. Bob Ellis – Colorado State University | Leyma Deharo – New Mexico Department of Health |  – with more speakers confirming!This event will be a VIRTUAL CONFERENCE with main and breakout sessions!  If you have a smart phone, tablet, or computer with internet connection – you should be able to attend this event.We will be sending more information and opening registration as soon the agenda is finalized.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

 

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Oct 11

ABSA Risk Group Database App

Risk Group Database App
FREE for iTunes and Android!

ABSA International created an app for the ABSA Risk Group Database, which is available for Apple and Android devices. The app will allow users to access the ABSA Risk Group Database on their mobile devices.

The ABSA Risk Group Database consists of international risk group classifications for Bacteria, Viruses, Fungi, and Parasites. In many countries, including the United States, infectious agents are categorized in risk groups based on their relative risk. Depending on the country and/or organization, this classification system might take the following factors into consideration: pathogenicity of the organism; mode of transmission and host range; availability of effective preventive measures (e.g., vaccines); availability of effective treatment (e.g., antibiotics); and other factors.

iPhone and iPad Instructions:
You can download the Risk Group Database app in the Apple iTunes store by searching for “Risk Group Database app.”

Android Instructions:
You can download the Risk Group Database app in the Google Play Store by searching for “Risk Group Database.”

The app only works when your device is connected to the internet.

Please send any comments or suggestions about the app to info@absa.org. An update is being planned for early October.

ABSA International would like to express our sincere gratitude to the fellows at the National Biosafety and Biocontainment Program (NBBTP) for updating the ABSA Risk Group Database.

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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.

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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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