Welcome to ChABSA

he Chesapeake Area Biological Safety Association (ChABSA), is an incorporated, non-profit organization that is an affiliate of the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA). ChABSA was established in 1987 by local area members of ABSA with a similar interest in the safety of research using microorganisms and recombinant DNA.


Meeting Announcement

The Chesapeake Area Biological Safety Association (ChABSA) & the Potomac Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA)

January Technical Seminar Joint Meeting Announcement

January 18, 2017

***NOTE: This will be a multiple venue event!***

Dr. Heike Bailin (A physician specializing in Acute Upper Respiratory Tract Infections) of the NIH will discuss “Managing Potential Contagious Exposures to Infectious Diseases in the Workplace”


Dr. Bailin will discuss different pathogens found in the workplace that may require a special response because of the outbreak potential.  Some specific aspects include:

  • What pathogens have legal reporting requirements
  • How to report
  • Where to go for help
  • How to prepare for potential exposures and how to respond appropriately
  • How to encourage workers to report potential exposures while assuring confidentiality
  • What happens in public health during an outbreak

Start times at both locations is 5:30 PM

Speaker Location/(live)Presentation

Positano Ristorante
4948-4940 Fairmont Ave

Bethesda, MD  20814

Remote Location

Gateway Overlook Drive

Columbia, MD 21075

COSTS for ChABSA and POTOMAC AIHA - Sorry no refunds

  • Members $30 and Non-Members $35 until 1/11/17, $35 and $40 afterward. 
  • Checks must be received by 1/11/17 for early bird pricing.

*This will be a multiple location meeting.  Dr. Bailin will be at the Bethesda location and she will be seen via video conference at the Columbia location.  You may attend the meeting at either location.  You do not need to attend a specific location.  For maintenance point tracking it is recommended that you register with the association you primarily frequent.  For questions email Bruce Donato This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

**Please register early so we know how many we need to set up for.**

Click here to register (after logging in) 

sorry no refunds


Our 2016/2017 Board:

President:          Mark Tartaglia

Past President   Bill Martin

President-elect  Malcom Smith

Treasurer           Polly McCarty

Secretary           Trisha Delarosa

Webmaster        Bruce Donato

Councilors         Meghan Seltzer, Kim DiGiandomenico,

                            Amanda Perlman, Matthew Fischer



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PRE-SYMPOSIUM WORKSHOPS   June 13, 2017, Holiday Inn, Frederick, MD

SCEINTIFIC SYMPSOIUM June 14, 2017, Holiday Inn Frederick. MD