Lab Matters Summer 2019 - Page 26

PUBLIC HEALTH PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE APHL BSL-3 Seminar Series Promotes Learning through Collaboration by Michael Marsico, senior specialist, Biosafety and Biosecurity Through the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity Domestic Ebola Supplemental for Enhanced Laboratory Biosafety and Biosecurity Capacity Cooperative Agreement, public health laboratory staff have received numerous hands-on and virtual trainings to enhance their biosafety practices and procedures. In April 2019, APHL was able to support the registration and travel of 18 public health laboratory staff and one APHL staff member to attend the Eagleson Institute’s week-long Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) seminar at the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health in Raleigh. The seminar covers all aspects of meeting and “I highly recommend this class and others that discuss HVAC systems in a laboratory if you are responsible or assist individuals involved in maintaining or resolving issues [within a] laboratory facility.”  Syreeta Steel, assistant laboratory director, Public Health Services-Laboratory, County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency For those involved in compliance, expert discussions dispelled misconceptions associated with implementation of regulations, standards and guidance documents. Valuable advice was given on the subject of scrutinizing contractors who offer costly services not required by regulations. Vicente Zuno, biosafety officer, Bureau of Laboratory Services, Houston Health Department 24 LAB MATTERS Summer 2019 maintaining the safety requirements of a BSL-3 laboratory. The program was presented in three sections: Design and Operation of BSL-3 Facilities, Advanced BSL-3 Practices and Procedures, and a lecture and tour of Duke University’s Regional Biocontainment Laboratory and Lemur Center. Participants learned from eight biosafety experts who varied their approach using case studies, lectures, demonstrations, facility tours, group exercises and a hands-on workshop. The instructors also provided structured opportunities to network and share challenges and solutions with instructors and fellow students. Attendees strengthened their grasp of CDC and APHL’s Biosafety Laboratory Competency Guidelines, expanded their knowledge of the Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL) 5 th edition guidelines on airflow reversals during HVAC failures and approaches to meeting those guidelines, and learned about creative training methods to apply at their facility. At the end of the week, attendees praised the in-depth lectures, instructors’ expertise and value of the discussions of biosafety scenarios. They returned home to their facilities intent upon implementing the recommendations of their trainers and fellow attendees. n I feel more confident when I work with our facility support because I have a better understanding of how to achieve optimum BSL- 3 conditions from this course. I also received [many] valuable recommendations from the trainers and other attendees on a few facility problems that [are] not in any publications. Sheena Chu, safety officer, Los Angeles County Public Health Laboratory One important take-away was that BSL-3 [laboratories] are not contaminated sites—they are containment. …This is important to understand when doing risk assessments and developing SOP’s. Eagleson Institute’s Paul Jennette demonstrates proper personal protective equipment and necessary steps during a laboratory spill Rhodel Bradshaw, specialist, Food Safety, APHL PublicHealthLabs @APHL APHL.org