The rapid construction of new - and expansion of existing - high containment laboratories creates unprecedented demand for consistent, reliable, and effective staff training delivered by highly qualified individuals through sources that are both nationally and internationally recognized. Regulatory agencies, laboratory workers, and the surrounding community leaders insist on effective and efficient training programs to prepare personnel to work in these environments. However, training employees to work in BSL 3 and BSL 4 necessitates compliance with a wholly unique set of requirements in addition to basic laboratory protocol.
The National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program (NBBTP), a partnership between the Division of Occupational Health and Safety (DOHS) and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland is responding to this need by providing training courses for Operations and Maintenance (O&M) personnel working in high containment facilities.
Courses are provided at various locations, including NBBTP Designated Training Facilities across the country. All courses are highly interactive and intersperse lectures with demonstrations, small-group projects and hands-on exercises.
As an IACET Authorized Provider, NBBTP offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under IACET guidelines.