Principles & Practices of Biosafety

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Comments from Past Participants:

"The course is a strong building block in establishing a biosafety professional's career. This course offered a great overview of the pertinent material and provided an opportunity to establish contacts with other professionals in the field."

"I absolutely loved the PPB course. I'm so excited to be a part of the Biosafety community!

PPB Participants

"This was an excellent course! I learned so much every day. The interactive exercises were excellent at solidifying the lecture information. Each of the instructors were top notch, and passionate about the profession. The chance to network with others in the field was priceless. I would highly recommend this class to my colleagues."

PPB Instruction

"In general, this course exceeded my expectations. I now have many more useful tools and resources. The enthusiasm of the instructors was also very positive and made this class even more enjoyable."

"Overall the PPB was a great course. I wish I had attended the course years ago and would recommend the course to anyone starting in the profession."

PPB Instructors

"Great course....instructors were passionate and very experienced. Their real life examples really added to the course."

Principles & Practices of Biosafety

Principles & Practices of Biosafety

July 20-25, 2014
Washington, DC
Embassy Suites—Downtown

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This course is approved for 36.50 P.A.C.E. ® contact hours. The American Biological Safety Association is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program. 

A Comprehensive, Interactive 5-Day Course
Principles & Practices of Biosafety will introduce the essential elements of biosafety and provide extensive resource lists for use after the course. Interactive exercises will be used throughout to provide hands-on experience and to encourage networking and problem-solving among participants and instructors. Sessions begin at 8:00 am each day and end with a roundtable discussion between 5:15 and 5:30 pm with two coffee breaks and lunch provided. The Friday session will end at approximately 3:00 pm

At the end of the course each participant will be able to:

Who Should Attend?
This course is designed for persons who are entering the profession and those with up to three years experience in biosafety. It is also suitable for persons who supervise biosafety professionals and for those who will benefit from additional knowledge of biosafety as a complement to their primary responsibilities.


(subject to change)

Sunday, July 20

  • Welcome Reception

Monday, July 21

  • Molecular Biology
  • Introduction to Pathogenic Microbiology
  • Risk Assessment

Tuesday, July 22

  • Human Source Materials & Mammalian Cell Lines
  • Research Animals & Allergens
  • Biocontainment Equipment
  • Course Dinner (6:30 to 9:00pm)

Wednesday, July 23

  • Biocontainment Facilities
  • Biocontainment Practices
  • Biocontainment Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Thursday, July 24

  • Decontamination
  • Disposal
  • Emergency Response
  • Biosecurity

Friday, July 25

  • Shipment and Transfer of Biological Materials
  • Strategies for Effective Biosafety Management & Communication

Course Faculty
(not all listed faculty may serve as instructors at this offering)
LouAnn Burnett, MS, CBSP
Patrick Condreay, PhD
Hallie Hoskins, RBP, CBSP
Paul Jennette, MS, PE, RBP
Michelle McKinney, MS, CBSP
Paul Meechan, PhD, MPH, RBP, CBSP
Jeffrey Owens, MS, MPH, CBSP
Elizabeth Weirich, MS, CBSP
Dee Zimmerman
Additional faculty may be added


ABSA Members $2,000
Nonmembers $2,210

Participation is limited to 40 students.

Course fees include:

  • Five full days of interactive instruction from a diversity of well-respected biological safety professionals.
  • Course notebook with instructor's handouts, key resource lists, and a variety of critical biosafety information and resources.
  • Lunch, beverages, and snacks for all course days.
  • Welcome Reception on Sunday evening and Class Dinner on Tuesday evening (subject to change).


This course is approved for 36.50 P.A.C.E.® contact hours. The American Biological Safety Association is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program.


A block of rooms has been reserved for ABSA at the Embassy Suites—Downtown Washington, DC

$169/night plus tax


Online Reservations

Booking early allows us to make sure that all participants receive the same discounted rates.
The block of rooms will be available until sold out or June 20, 2014 whichever comes first.

Americans Airlines 5% discount!

We have arranged for a 5% discount for travel to and from Washington, DC (DCA-BWI/DCA/IAD). The discount is valid for travel during July 11 to July 28 and can be used for travel to Washington, DC (DCA-BWI/DCA/IAD). To get the discount use the Authorization Code of 6474DI on or by calling 1-800-433-1790.

Need more information?
Call the ABSA Office at 1-866-425-1385 or e-mail

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