Draft WHO Laboratory Biosafety Manual Fourth Edition. Biosafety Levels Gone. PDF available at this link.
WHO Manual Forward: "Previous versions of the manual described the classification of biological agents and laboratories in terms of risk/hazard groups and biosafety/containment levels. While this may be a logical starting point for the handling and containment of biological agents, it has led to the misconception that the risk group of a biological agent directly corresponds to the biosafety level of a laboratory. In fact, the actual risk of a given scenario is influenced not only by the agent being handled, but also by the procedure being performed and the competency of the laboratory personnel engaging in the activity."
Comment by Dr Richard Gilpin. "This is a positive, significant change that will restore the scientific method to risk analysis". Biosafety levels were introduced in 1984 with the BMBL First Edition. Canada removed biosafety levels a few years ago.
Nonexistent issues (urban legends/faulty reasoning) plague the biosafety field. Examples include infectious autoclave exhaust, “enhanced” biosafety level definitions, HEPA filters killing bacteria in 72 hours, and lab facilities causing most L.A.I.s.
Without early recognition that a problem is nonexistent, effort and time can be invested in a problem for which a solution does not exist and frequently precipitates frenzy in proportion to its nonexistence. Pearls of wisdom from Ruth Davidhizar, RN, DNS, CS. “The Nonexistent Problem” Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, Vol 12, No 11, pp 686-689, November 1991.
Often Imitated / Never Duplicated.
The Research Laboratory Biosafety Training program continues its 30-year workplace travel to locations in the United States and overseas.
There is no tuition or limit on the number of students.
Workplace cost for a training program includes lecturer travel expenses plus a nominal hourly rate for course preparation and direct student contact hours.
Up to: 4 1/2 ABSA Credentialing Maintenance Points; ABIH® Diplomate 3 1/2 CEUs; and BSCP CSP 3 4/10 CEUs.
Course may include e-page lecture notes with hyperlinked tables of contents & course slides.
Biosafety Training Topics.
Aerosol Transmission of Microorganisms.
Biosafety & Biosecurity Information Sources.
Biosafety Laboratory Design (BSL-1 to BSL-4).
Biosafety Cabinet Selection & Use Practices.
Biologics Packaging & Shipping.
Biological Waste Treatment & Disposal.
Bloodborne Pathogens Regulations.
Decontamination & Disinfection Practices.
IBC Program Management & Training.
Recombinant & Synthetic Nucleic Acid Research.
Risk Management Principles & Practices.
Microbiological Practices & Techniques.
Select Agent Regulations.