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February 1, 2016


Dear ChABSA Members,


I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support of chapter activities. Your attendance and participation at our technical seminars, workshops, and scientific symposium are critical so that the ChABSA Council may better plan for these professional development and networking opportunities.


For the past several years, the ChABSA Councils have embraced the following goals in the pursuit of promoting biosafety in our community.


  • Continuing Education, Professional Development and Recognition. In addition to our Technical Seminars, we continue to offer the June Pre-Symposium courses and Scientific Symposium with a wide variety of relevant topics.  We also held our first Winter Continuing Education Workshop in 2015  A newly created biosafety professional of the year recognition award was presented in 2015


  • Outreach and Networking. In 2015, we held a joint meeting with the American Industrial Hygiene Association Potomac Section with a simultaneous broadcast in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia. Through our association with the Washington Metropolitan Area Joint Safety Association, we are participating in a one-day Leadership Workshop in 2016.


  • Chapter Organization and Operations. In 2015, we added a 1-Year Councilor position to encourage interested members to participate in council activities but not be bound by a 3-year commitment. We are also working on an Operations Manual for business continuity and to aid in the recruitment of new members.


It is a privilege to work with the 2015-2016 ChABSA Council. These members are working hard for you! Their information can be found on our website. When you see them, please take a moment and thank them for their service.


Best regards,

Bill Martin  

ChABSA President, 2015-2016