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Effective Training Strategies in Animal Biosafety (Webinar Recording)

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Training someone to do animal procedures in biocontainment has an important objective of safeguarding human safety while preserving animal welfare. Researchers and technicians who are new working in biocontainment should already be proficient in these procedures in routine conditions, so they need to learn how to adapt their work in the biocontainment setting. The key is to start with a visual of an actual procedure they are conducting. It is critical to do so before listing the "rules." Engage the trainees in thinking through their work practices step-by-step, so safety issues are connected to the actual procedure. Images and live demonstrations convey messages across the language barriers that exist in both the research community and the animal facility staff. As you work with an individual, incorporate points about zoonosis; chemical safety, microbiological and physical hazards (including allergies); use of human tissue in immunocompromised animals; and personal hygiene, including special health conditions. Of course, training is just the beginning to change behavior; reinforcement of safety practices is also required.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe how to best motivate trainees to think through the hazards related to thier animal procedures.
  • Plan the steps to adapt a trainees's work to a biocontainment setting.
  • Integrate information about relevant hazards in procedures training.
  • Apply training that mitigates the risks for laboratory-acquired infection.
  • Foster a safety culture that leads to the implementation of the methods learned in training.

Audience: Technicians, veterinarians, and managers who are involved with a biocontainment animal facility.

AALAS CEUs: You can apply for up to 1.5 CEUs for the Technician Certification Registry or CMAR recertification. Please use the forms on the AALAS website or online CEU submission.

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Presenter: Karen Byers, MS, RBP,CBSP, is a biosafety officer at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, an NCI-designated Cancer Center and a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. She received her master's degree in Microbiology from the University of Maine. Ms. Byers is Co-editor in Chief of...
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