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National Biosafety Stewardship Month: Participate Now and Keep the Momentum All Year Betsy Gilman Duane, MS, RBP, CBSP September 10, 2014.

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1 National Biosafety Stewardship Month: Participate Now and Keep the Momentum All Year Betsy Gilman Duane, MS, RBP, CBSP September 10, 2014

2 eheinc.com2 NIH Director’s Message Resources: “ Promoting Health, Science, and Public Trust through Laboratory Safety “ Posted August 27, 2014, by Drs. Francis Collins, Sally Rockey, Lawrence Tabak, and Amy Patterson

3 eheinc.com3 “ “ September 2014 During National Biosafety Stewardship Month, institutions should highlight the importance of the requirements and activities that are already part and parcel of a robust biosafety program. It is also an opportunity to further optimize biosafety oversight and strengthen the institutional safety culture. -National Institutes of Health

4 eheinc.com4 Key Elements of the NIH Request Reexamine current policies and procedures for biosafety practices and oversight to ascertain whether they require modification to optimize their effectiveness; Conduct inventories of infectious agents and toxins in all laboratories (regardless of whether they involve recombinant or synthetic nucleic acids) to ensure that the institution has a record of which infectious agents and toxins are being utilized;

5 eheinc.com5 Key Elements of the NIH Request Reinforce biosafety training of investigators, laboratory staff, and members of IBCs to include: – Reexamining training materials and practices – Updating materials as appropriate – Ascertaining the appropriate frequency of training and conduct training when the interval between training or other considerations warrant it

6 eheinc.com6 So Much To Do – So Little Time How deep should we dive? How will we get it all done? How can I get the PI’s to participate?

7 eheinc.com7 How About the Rest of the Year? Calling attention to biosafety in September is beneficial But what about the rest of the year? Biosafety should not be a one-time event A robust program is the result of continuous assessment and improvement.

8 eheinc.com8 Employ a Biorisk Management System CWA 15793:2008 – A technical agreement, developed by a working group (ABSA, EBSA, others) through consensus within the CEN (European Committee for Standardization) framework – A comprehensive management standard for biosafety and biosecurity – Compatible with ISO and OHSAS CWA 15793:2011 – Editorial Changes

9 eheinc.com9 Biorisk Management System Plan, Do, Check, Act Voluntary, does not replace or supersede any regulatory requirements Keys to Success: – Commitment from Senior Leadership – Focus on Continuous Improvement

10 eheinc.com10 Benchmarking What are your challenges? What are your opportunities? What have you implemented to date? What will you do after September?

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