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Course Title:  Personnel Security in Laboratory Biosecurity Programs

Instructor:      Ben Perman, PhD // US Coast Guard

                       Lindsey Odell, PhD // Defense Threat Reduction Agency                                     

Course Length:  8 hours

Course Time:  8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Date:  June 1, 2020


Personnel security is comprised of security measures focused on people and behaviors rather than typical physical barriers approaches. Personnel security can be thought as the "administrative controls" in any advanced security program. This course will teach administration, management, and researchers the basic principles of threat assessment and introduce students to the role of comprehensive personnel security in a laboratory biosecurity programs. The course is intended to give students a basic tool-kit that will allow them to implement successful comprehensive insider threat mitigation strategies using personnel security approaches at their home institutes and to convey concepts in personnel security to their colleagues. Students will be presented with relevant case studies in order to learn about relevant threats in the biomedical and health sectors. Students will learn about all aspects of personnel security including: suitability, reliability, peer and self reporting strategies, threat assessment, OPSEC, INFOSEC, and an introduction to elicitation, manipulation and surveillance awareness. These concepts will be put in to practice in interactive, live roll-playing scenarios that include interview tactics, deception detection elicitation and surveillance detection. Regulatory issues relevant to implementation of personnel security management programs, in particular changes to the Select Agent Regulations pertaining to Tier 1 agents, will also be discussed.

Key Objectives:

Identify the types of threats posed to biomedical research, public health and clinical diagnostic facilities and institutions and describe some of the tools that can be used to assess these threats.

Identify the main components of laboratory security programs, describe how each mitigates the threats above and describe the unique role that personnel security programs play in insider threat mitigation.

Understand the purpose, requirements and major components of personnel security programs.

Course Title:  Critical Environments Facilities Design: Understanding Positive and Negative Pressure Environments

Instructor:      Juan Osorio // World Biohaztec

                      Ted Traum // World Biohaztec  

Course Length:  4 hours

Course Time:  8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Date:  June 2, 2020


Proactive biosafety professionals, facilities engineers, laboratory managers and project managers for critical environments need to be knowledgeable in the operation, maintenance and certification of their facilities and building systems. These professionals are frequently required to participate in the planning, design, and validation of a new laboratory or renovation of an existing facility. For these professionals to be successful, they need a foundation of engineering fundamentals, develop skills to challenge members of the design team and stakeholders in engineering terms, and the confidence to question the answers. The course is designed for biosafety professionals, facilities engineers, laboratory managers and project managers familiar with engineering, design, and function of high containment laboratories. These professionals may only have experience with high-containment laboratories and require additional training to understand and explain the differences between negative environments (BSL-3) and positive environments (cleanrooms). This course provides basic engineering principles that are useful in the planning, design, construction, maintenance and operation of a BSL-3 versus cleanroom facilities.

Key Objectives:

Discuss the differences between positive and negative environments.

Describe how directional airflows are created within a suite of rooms.

Identify guidance documents for reference when reviewing positive or negative environments.

Discuss with stakeholders and designers the scope and design elements for environments such as isolation facilities, compounding facilities, and high-containment facilities.

Course Title: Respiratory Protection Program Administrator Training

Instructor:      Bruce Donato, CHMM, CSP, CECD // K&A First Aid and Safety Inc.

Course Length:  4 hours

Course Time:  1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Date:  June 2, 2020


If your organization requires employees to wear respirators, OSHA requires annual respiratory protection training, fit testing, and medical clearance. OSHA also requires companies to have a program administrator for their program that “has appropriate training or experience in accord with the program’s level of Complexity”.   Often program administrators are assigned without the proper experience..

Key Objectives:

This training will cover the required annual training, appropriate background information for an administrator and the responsibilities of a program administrator.