SBA - Southern Biosafety Association


Upcoming events

    • 10 Apr 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 12 Apr 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • UTHealth Operations Center Building 1851 Crosspoint Avenue Rio Grande Room, 2.200 Houston, TX 77054

    Biological Safety Officer
    presented to you by

    The Prevention, Preparedness and Response (P2R) Academy
    and the Southern Biosafety Association (SBA)

    April 10-12, 2019
    Houston, Texas


    About the Course

    This course is thoughtfully created around the key references in the field, the Biosafety Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratory (5th Edition, December 2009) and the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant and Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules (updated November 2013). Our objective is to provide you with a working knowledge of the essentials of anticipating, recognizing, evaluating, controlling, and confirming the controls of possible biological hazards in the workplace. After attending this course you will be well prepared for a leadership role in your institution's biosafety program as a Biological Safety Officer. These concepts are fundamental to any biological safety program at any institution, and are applicable to all Biological Safety Officers, whether new or experienced. Plus, our instructors employ an enjoyable combination of well-structured lectures, descriptive examples, and hands-on exercises to teach this course.

    Who Should Attend
    This course is designed for individuals working in the following settings:

    • Research Labs
    • Hospitals
    • Health Departments
    • Emergency Response Agencies (private, local, state or national level)
    • Infection Control
    • Reference Labs
    • Infectious Substances Shipments or Transportation
    • Biohazard Risk Management Animal Research Labs


    Day 1

    • History of Biological Safety
    • Microbiology Review
    • Biological Safety Basics
    • OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens
    • Hand-washing Guidelines
    • Introduction to Stem Cells
    • Recombinant DNA Guidelines & Institutional Biosafety Committees
    • Lab Techniques & Recombinant DNA
    • Personal Protective Equipment

    Day 2

    • Containment Equipment
    • Biological Safety Cabinet Certification Demonstration
    • Worker Training Program
    • Handling and Disposing of Infectious Waste
    • Disinfection, Decontamination, and Sterilization
    • Bio-aerosols, Mold, and IAQ
    • Occupational Health
    • Shipping Infectious Substances

    Day 3

    • Biosafety and Animal Research Labs
    • Biological Terrorism, Select Agents, and Toxins
    • Public Health Preparedness—Infectious Diseases
    • Respiratory Fit Testing Program
    • Health and Safety Metrics
    • Professional Development
    • Biosafety Certification Exam Information
    • Global Health Security

    Registration Refund and Course Cancellation Policy

    To cancel your registration, send an e-mail to To refund your registration, we must receive your cancellation e-mail no later than 10 business days prior to the course start date. We will deduct a $50 administrative fee from the refunded amount. Cancellations received after the refund deadline will not be processed. If you paid your registration via check, provide the check number in your e-mail.

    P2R Academy reserves the right to cancel a course no later than 10 business days prior to the course start date. If we cancel a course, we will notify you via the e-mail address provided on your registration form. Our liability for cancelled events is limited to the registration fee paid per course.


    Training provided by P2R Academy is supported by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under awards U45ES019360 and UH4ES027055.

    • 30 May 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 31 May 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Baylor University, Waco, TX

    "Biosafety in the New Era of Discovery"

    Pre-Symposium Training (8hr) Thursday, May 30, 2019

    Baylor Science Building (Baylor University)

    101 Bagby Ave, Waco, TX 76633

    4 hr morning workshop on:

    “Building Resiliency within your team” -  Lisa Orloff, PhD

    4 hr afternoon workshop on:

    “Applied Research: From Peeking in the Keyhole to Knocking on the Door”Misty Troutt, MS, MBA 

    Symposium Friday, May 31, 2019

    Baylor Science Building (Baylor University)

    101 Bagby Ave, Waco, TX 76633  

    We have a great lineup of speakers and talks, including

    Tom Walus (President- Canadian Association for Biological Safety) – Canadian approach to managing Biosafety

    Dr. Lisa Orloff (President - World Cares Center) – Emotional Resiliency for Individuals 

    Dee Zimmerman (President - ABSA) - ABSA updates

    Sohini Bhatia (Texas A&M University) – Electron Beam Irradiation Technology in the Food, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Industries

    Dr. Doug Watts (UT El Paso) - Collection of international specimens and working with regulatory agencies on permits

    Dr. Jason Pitts (Baylor) - Modified Mosquitoes: Methods and Management

    Dr. Chris Kearney (Baylor) - Mosquito control and transgenic plants 

    Map and Parking:

    Free parking ! 

    Registration Types: 

    Pre-Symposium Training-Thursday May 30, 2019

    Morning (8am-noon) - includes breakfast or 

    Afternoon (1pm-5pm) - includes lunch 

    0.5 CE pts

    Member - $125

    Non-Member - $135

    Webinar Access - $100

    All Day (8am - 5pm) - includes breakfast & lunch - 1CE pt

    Member - $250

    Non-Member - $260

    Webinar Access - $200

    Symposium - Friday, May 31, 2019

    (8am- 5pm) 1 CE point

    Member - $50

    Non-Member - $60

    Webinar Access - $50

    New Member + Symposium - $75

    New Student Member + Symposium - $60

    Vendors - May 31, 2019 ONLY

    Bronze Sponsor: Vendor Table - $150

    Silver Sponsor: Vendor Table + Breakfast Sponsor - $200

    Gold Sponsor: Vendor Table + Lunch Sponsor - $300

    Hotel Suggestions: 

    Our wonderful hosts at Baylor University have put together a welcome package for all those planning to travel to Waco, TX for the symposium.  Click here for more information on hotels and other fun things to do at Waco! 

    Hotels in the area are expected to fill fast so think about making hotel arrangements soon.

    Sponsors or Vendors: 

    If you would like to be a sponsor or vendor, please contact Shalaka Kotkar (

    We would like to thank our current sponsors:





Past events

06 Dec 2018 Biosafety and Infection Prevention Journal Club
29 Nov 2018 SBA Fall Symposium 2018
04 Oct 2018 Biosafety and Infection Prevention Journal Club
21 Jun 2018 A Public Health Situation Report and Refresher Regarding Ebola Virus Disease
07 Jun 2018 SBA Biosafety and Infection Prevention Journal Club
30 May 2018 Biological Safety Officer Course 2018
11 Apr 2018 SBA Spring 2018 Symposium
05 Apr 2018 SBA Biosafety and Infection Prevention Journal Club
02 Feb 2018 Chagas Disease in Texas Webinar - February 2nd 2018
01 Feb 2018 Biosafety and Infection Prevention Journal Club - February 1st 2018
10 Jan 2018 Biosafety and Infection Prevention Journal Club - December 2017
14 Dec 2017 Biosafety and Infection Prevention Journal Club - December 2017
26 Oct 2017 Chagas Disease in Texas
05 Oct 2017 SBAJC-20171005-07
07 Sep 2017 SBAJC-20170907-06-CANCELLED
06 Jul 2017 Biosafety Journal Club-SBAJC-20170706-05
01 Jun 2017 SBA Spring 2017 Symposium
04 May 2017 Biosafety Journal Club-SBAJC-20170504-04
12 Apr 2017 Biological Safety Officer Course
02 Mar 2017 Biosafety Journal Club-SBAJC-20170302-03
03 Feb 2017 Outbreak Investigations Involving High Consequence Pathogens with Kristy Murray, D.V.M, Ph.D
05 Jan 2017 Biosafety Journal Club-SBAJC-20170105-02
03 Nov 2016 Biosafety Journal Club-SBAJC-20161103-01
19 May 2016 SBA 2016 Spring Symposium
10 Nov 2015 SBA - Fall 2015 Symposium
14 May 2015 SBA - Spring 2015 Symposium
12 Nov 2014 SBA - Fall Symposium 2014
15 May 2014 SBA - Spring Symposium 2014
12 Nov 2013 SBA - Fall Symposium 2013
28 Mar 2013 SBA - Spring Symposium 2013
02 Nov 2012 SBA - Fall Symposium 2012
02 May 2012 SBA - Spring Symposium 2012

SBA - Southern Biosafety Association

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