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Train the Trainer Workshop for Biosafety & Biosecurity: An Advanced Biological Risk Mitigation Training Program

November 6-10, 2017

Venue: COMSTECH Secretariat, 33 Constitution Avenue, G-5/2, Islamabad, Pakistan.

Presently, we are facing obstacles in upholding biosafety in Pakistan at the institutional level because of lack of trained biosafety professionals. Based on this gap Pakistan Biological Safety Association (PBSA) Islamabad in collaboration with the Fogarty International Centre (FIC) at National Institute of Health, USA, planned to set a series of workshops for training laboratory professionals on biorisk management. This training was also part of same series and was aimed to provide information regarding work practices, policies, protocols and systems to work safely at BSL-1 to BSL-4 laboratories and research facilities. Behavioral-based approach and hands on practices were employed to deliver the training resource.

Mr. Sean G. Kaufamn, a professional trainer and coach from USA was the lead trainer. He was assisted by 16 facilitators from different local institutes. Fifty six participants benefited from the training, these included two from Malaysia and the remaining 54 from Pakistan. The participants from Malaysia were sponsored by COMSTECH.  Names of the participants from Malaysia are given below;

Dr. Kamal Haikal Bin Mat Rabi, Research Medical Officer, Institute of Medical Research, Malaysia

Dr. Aswir Abd Rashed, Research Officer, Nutrition Unit, Institute of Medical Research, Malaysia

Objectives of the workshop are given below;

Learning Objectives of the Lecture Sessions:

Four Primary Controls of Biosafety

Biological Risk Mitigation

Containment Levels; Engineering and Biosafety

Risk Group Classification

SOP Evaluation, Validation and Verification

Sterilization, Disinfection, Decontamination, and Antisepsis

Biosafety Program Effectiveness

Four Primary Controls of Biosafety

Dual Use Research-Issue of Concern

Building a “ONE SAFE” culture

Occupational Health Programs

Medical and Incident Surveillance Programs

Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)

CWA 15793: Biorisk Management,

Understanding Personality Differences,

Laboratory Acquired Illnesses (LAIs)

Emergency Response Tabletops

Learning Objectives of the Laboratory Sessions:

Line up Donning

Line up Doffing

The Beaking Method-Glove Removal

PAPR  Assembly

The Practices of Donning and Doffing PPE

Gross Decontamination

Hand Washing-Don and Doff Confirm

Waste Management Procedures

Working in a Biosafety Cabinet Biosafety Cabinet Types

Shipping of Infectious Substances

Needle Stick Injuries

Unconscious Individuals

Yellow Evacuation (Modified)

Responding to Spills

Program of the workshop is available  here

For lists of the Participants, Facilitators and Coaches click here

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