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Who Should Attend our Biosafety Courses?

Our Control of Biohazards in the Research Laboratory course covers all important biosafety and biosecurity topics relevant to research laboratory programs in the United States. Whether participants have prior biosafety experience or not, this course provides in-depth information on how to design research facilities and manage biosafety programs.

The course provides information (1,500 hyperlinked e-pages) to assist individuals applying to ABSA International for designation as Registered Biological Safety Professional (RBP) or Certified Biological Safety Professional (CBSP). Course attendees successfully pass the CBSP exam.

This course was originally funded and sponsored by the Division of Safety, National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute. The original two-week course was first presented in 1979 at Johns Hopkins University by Byron S. Tepper at the JHU School of Public Health. The Control of Biohazards course has been presented, often more than once a year, since the end of NIH funding in 1983. Although Dr. Tepper passed away in December 2015, the course continues with administrative support by Atrium Environmental Health and Safety Services / A BSI Professional Services Company. Offering of this course by Richard W. Gilpin PhD Ltd reflects a continued commitment to train biosafety officers, researchers, allied professionals, and administrators.

The director's background includes microbiology bench research and teaching at asst., assoc. & professor faculty level at medical schools in Philadelphia and Baltimore for 35 years. He co-directed the course with Dr. Byron S. Tepper from 1989 until Byron retired in 2010. This biosafety training program has been presented at many locations in the United States and overseas for 39 years.

We share the concerns of NIH and CDC about the risks to laboratory workers and the public from possible exposures to infectious agents, oncogenic agents, toxins and the potential hazards associated with recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid research. This course facilitates implementation of appropriate laboratory design, containment equipment, practices, and procedures. This course provides the information needed to operate an effective biosafety and biosecurity program.

 Job titles of former course attendees are blow:

  • Biosafety officer
  • Occupational medicine physician or nurse
  • Safety officer
  • Industrial hygienist
  • Director of health and safety programs
  • Biosafety committee chair or member
  • Research compliance manager
  • Occupational health personnel
  • Clinical or biomedical laboratory supervisor
  • Scientist or research technician
  • Architect
  • Facility engineer
  • Laboratory animal veterinarian
  • Designated responsible or alternate responsible facility official
  • Security manager