Lab Biosafety: Avoiding Lab Acquired Infections

Online Course
1 hour
University of Iowa
Upper Midwest PERLC
Public Health Laboratory Testing

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This course is intended for laboratorians who handle biological and microbiological samples in clinical, reference, public health, animal, research, or teaching laboratories. Course topics include a background in biological agents and safety, including use of personnel protective equipment; pathogens of risk; and building safety into everyday laboratory practice. The course is designed to prepare individuals working in laboratorians to protect themselves properly from these agents, and to create a safe laboratory environment.

Learning Objectives: 
  • Understand the dangers posed by working with pathogens commonly encountered in the laboratory and recognize how the consistent use of safe work practices can protect you from them
  • Differentiate between the four biosafety levels in laboratories and know when each is used
  • Explain how a biosafety cabinet (BSC) works, know how to use it properly and recognize when it is required for safety
  • Identify several dangerous pathogens that have contributed to laboratory-acquired infections and recognize the trigger points for safe-handling which are associated with each one
  • Define the responsibilities of management in creating a safe laboratory environment
PHEP Capabilities: 
Public Health Laboratory Testing
Responder Safety and Health