Biological Safety Officer
presented to you by

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

Houston, Texas

September 27-29, 2023


Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at 8:00 AM CST
Friday, September 29, 2023 at 5:00 PM CST 

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$ 500 
Early Registration (Ends July 21, 2023) 

$ 700       
Regular Registration (Ends September 15, 2023)

$ 800       
Late Registration 

Refreshments and materials will be provided.

Accommodation and Transportation:
You will be responsible for arranging your own hotel accommodations, airline, and car transportation.

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UTHealth Houston
Operations Center Building
1851 Crosspoint Avenue
Rio Grande Room, 2.200
Houston, TX 77054  

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Pamela D. Phillips
Program Coordinator 
UTHealth Houston
Prevention, Preparedness, and Response (P2R) Consortium
         P2R Consortium
         Prevention, Preparedness, and Response

About the Course

The Biosafety Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratory (6th Edition, June 2020) and the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant and Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules (updated April 2019)  are the foundations of this course.

Our objective is to provide you the fundamentals of anticipating, recognizing, evaluating, and controlling biological hazards in the workplace. This training will go over the essential skills expected of a Biological Safety Officer. While the concepts addressed in this course are vital to any biolgocal safety program, it is intended for those who are new or experienced in the field. Furthermore, our instructors deliver this course using an engaging combination of well-structured lectures, descriptive examples, and hands-on exercises.

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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  Prevention and Control
  • Reference Labs
  • Infectious Substances Shipments or Transportation
  • Biohazard Risk Management 
  • Animal Research Labs
Agenda Example

Day 1

  • History of Biological Safety
  • Microbiology Review
  • Biological Safety Basics
  • OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Hand-washing Guidelines and Practical Exercises
  • Emerging Technologies (could cover stem cells, viral vectors, CRISPR)
  • Review of the NIH Guidelines & Institutional Biosafety Committees
  • Lab Techniques & Recombinant DNA/Synthethic Nucleic Acids
  • 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
  • Dual Use Research of Concern
  • Public Health Preparedness—Infectious Diseases
  • Respiratory Fit Testing Program
  • Health and Safety Metrics
  • Professional Development
  • Biosafety Program Management
  • Biosafety Certification Exam Information
  • Global Health Security

Registration Refund and Course Cancellation Policy

Send an email to to cancel your registration. We must receive your cancellation e-mail no later than 10 business days before the course start date in order to reimburse your registration. If you paid by check, please include the check number in your e-mail.  

A $50 administrative fee will be deducted from the refunded amount. Cancellations made after the refund deadline will not be processed.

P2R Consortium reserves the right to cancel a course no later than 10 business days prior to the course start date. Whenever a course is canceled, you will be notified by the e-mail address you provided on your registration form. Our liability for cancelled events is limited to the course registration fee.


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