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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. 


ChABSA Technical Seminar Announcement


Back by popular demand!

Bruce Donato, CHMM, CSP, CECD of

K&A First Aid, Gaithersburg, MD

Will Present on:

Laboratory Safety - What has been forgotten because it was
"common knowledge" by experienced workers – Part 2


Bruce Donato is a principal with K&A First Aid and Safety Inc. a provider of compliance training programs, developer of compliance programs, and facility safety audits.  Mr. Donato was the 2018 president and is the 2019 Chair of the Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals (AHMP), the Past-President of the AHMP Cyber Chapter and the webmaster of ChABSA.  He has been recognized nationally as an outstanding contributor in the EHS field with the BCSP Award of Excellence, the ACHMM "Friend of the Academy" award, the AHMP Hazardous Materials Professional of the Year, and the AHMP Pete Cook Founders award.  Mr. Donato has a BSE in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and has worked in the chemical, textile, biotech, and construction industries as well as running a TSDF.

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DATE:           September 12, 2019

WHERE:        Emergent BioSolutions (Primary location of speaker)

    300 Professional Dr.

   Gaithersburg, MD 20879

TIME:            6:00 pm - social hour; 6:30 pm - dinner and speaker

COST:          $30 for ChABSA members or $35 for non-members if RSVP and check received by 8/31/19 

   $35 for members and $40 for non-members after 8/31/19 (checks must be received by due date to get early bird pricing)


Sorry no refunds.






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President:          Sharon Altmann

Past President   Matthew Fischer

President-elect  Amanda Perlman

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