Section I – Introduction

Section I:  Introduction (Lab-acquired Infections, Evolution of Biosafety Guidelines, Risk Criteria for establishing ascending levels of containment, description of agent summary statements, biosecurity, using the BMBL, Looking ahead)

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  1. Shoolah Escott's Gravatar Shoolah Escott
    May 12, 2016    

    I put this comment in the wrong section. I had been looking at he whole document so that is why the page numbers are that way. My apologies. I am adding it to the correct section IV Lab Biosafety Criteria.

  2. Shoolah Escott's Gravatar Shoolah Escott
    May 12, 2016    

    Page 35 item #5 uses the term BSL-2 agents and on page 41 #5 it says BSL-3 agents. There are no such things as BSL-2 or BSL-3 agents. They are agents that should be handled at the BSL-2 or BSL-3 level. It is important that the BMBL use the correct terminology since it is a reference. This incorrect terminology is unfortunately being used rather widely. It also adds to the confusion between biosafety levels and risk groups.

  3. Eilyn Fabregas's Gravatar Eilyn Fabregas
    May 11, 2016    

    ADD: Under Section I (or in a separate chapter), include a sub-section or paragraph that speaks on the culture of biosafety/biosecurity and responsible conduct in life sciences. Currently, the USG is addressing FESAP recommendation 1.1 “CULTURE OF BIOSAFETY, BIOSECURITY, AND RESPONSIBLE CONDUCT IN THE LIFE SCIENCES.” Also, the Association of Public and Land Grants recently published the “A Guide to Implementing a Safety Culture in our Universities.” The FESAP 1.1 working group could assist with language to fulfill this much needed topic.

  4. CSHEMA Biosafety Community of Practice's Gravatar CSHEMA Biosafety Community of Practice
    May 9, 2016    

    The BMBL sets up the discussion for controlling hazards using microbiological practices, safety equipment and facility safeguards. The principles controlling hazards in occupational health and safety call for the following: elimination/substitution of the hazard, engineering controls, administrative controls, work practices, and PPE (in the order of most effective to least effective). We believe that the BMBL 6th edition should mirror this concept.

    Page 2: The 6th Edition should include current LAI data.

    Page 3: Need to update this section to use the new name of the NIH Guidelines.