Welcome to ChABSA

The 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

November 10th, 2016

Batik Restaurant

200 Main St. (Kentlands)

Gaithersburg, MD 20878



Tim Trevan
(Founder of CHROME Biorisk Management Consulting)

Will Present on:
Biosafety - The Missing Ingredients

Traditionally, biosafety and biosecurity have centered around technical solutions - physical containment, better equipment, automation of hazardous tasks, human technical skills (e.g. good microbial technique), and standardized processes.  More recently, through the CWA, efforts have been made to create safety systems, again mainly based on technical solutions, but bringing metrics, review and continual improvement more systematically into the safety process.  The central idea has been to eliminate human error or to mitigate its consequences.


Events in 2014 at the CDC and Dugway show that, even with the best available safety knowledge, engineering and budgets, major incidents still happen.  So what is missing? 


Other industries have developed a broader theory of accident causation and hence different approaches to highly reliable safety performance.  High reliability organizations work on five fundamental principles.  But to implement these principles effectively in order to achieve a true culture of safety, they also have to understand the non-technical skills that promote effective decision-making and continual improvement, and even more importantly, why people do what they do.


The talk will give a brief overview of developments in these fields and their applicability to biosafety and biosecurity



Date:               November 10, 2016

Location:         Batik Restaraunt

                        200 Main St. (Kentlands)

                        Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Time:              6:00 PM - social hour, 6:30 PM - dinner and speaker

Cost:              $30/$40 member/non-member by 11/5/16*, $35/$45 after 11/5/16

*checks must be recieved by 11/16 for early bird pricing.

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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