Biological Safety Officer
presented to you by

The Prevention, Preparedness and Response (P2R) Academy
the Southern Biosafety Association (SBA)

April 10-12, 2019
Houston, Texas



Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 8:00 AM CST
Friday, April 12, 2019 at 5:00 PM CST 

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$ 495 
Early Registration (Ends March 15, 2019) 

$ 695      
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$ 795       
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Operations Center Building
1851 Crosspoint Avenue
Rio Grande Room, 2.200
Houston, TX 77054  

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Pamela D. Phillips
Program Coordinator 
UTHealth| School of Public Health
Prevention, Preparedness and Response (P2R) Academy 

About the Course

This course is thoughtfully created around the key references in the field, the Biosafety Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratory (5th Edition, December 2009) and the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant and Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules (updated November 2013). Our objective is to provide you with a working knowledge of the essentials of anticipating, recognizing, evaluating, controlling, and confirming the controls of possible biological hazards in the workplace. After attending this course you will be well prepared for a leadership role in your institution's biosafety program as a Biological Safety Officer. These concepts are fundamental to any biological safety program at any institution, and are applicable to all Biological Safety Officers, whether new or experienced. Plus, our instructors employ an enjoyable combination of well-structured lectures, descriptive examples, and hands-on exercises to teach this course.


Who Should Attend
This course is designed for individuals working in the following settings:
  • Research Labs
  • Hospitals
  • Health Departments
  • Emergency Response Agencies (private, local, state or national level)
  • Infection Control
  • Reference Labs
  • Infectious Substances Shipments or Transportation
  • Biohazard Risk Management Animal Research Labs

Day 1

  • History of Biological Safety
  • Microbiology Review
  • Biological Safety Basics
  • OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Hand-washing Guidelines
  • Introduction to Stem Cells
  • Recombinant DNA Guidelines & Institutional Biosafety Committees
  • Lab Techniques & Recombinant DNA
  • Personal Protective Equipment

Day 2

  • Containment Equipment
  • Biological Safety Cabinet Certification Demonstration
  • Worker Training Program
  • Handling and Disposing of Infectious Waste
  • Disinfection, Decontamination, and Sterilization
  • Bio-aerosols, Mold, and IAQ
  • Occupational Health
  • Shipping Infectious Substances

Day 3

  • Biosafety and Animal Research Labs
  • Biological Terrorism, Select Agents, and Toxins
  • Public Health Preparedness—Infectious Diseases
  • Respiratory Fit Testing Program
  • Health and Safety Metrics
  • Professional Development
  • Biosafety Certification Exam Information
  • Global Health Security

Registration Refund and Course Cancellation Policy

To cancel your registration, send an e-mail to To refund your registration, we must receive your cancellation e-mail no later than 10 business days prior to the course start date. We will deduct a $50 administrative fee from the refunded amount. Cancellations received after the refund deadline will not be processed. If you paid your registration via check, provide the check number in your e-mail.

P2R Academy reserves the right to cancel a course no later than 10 business days prior to the course start date. If we cancel a course, we will notify you via the e-mail address provided on your registration form. Our liability for cancelled events is limited to the registration fee paid per course.


Training provided by P2R Academy is supported by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under awards U45ES019360 and UH4ES027055.