AIHce Indianapolis



PDC 102
Biological Safety 1: Fundamentals of Biosafety

introductory | 1.34 CM Points/ 8 Contact Hours/ 1.0 CEU/COC Point | Saturday | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Limit: 40

Biosafety and Environmental Microbiology


Fundamentals of Biosafety will teach the basic principles of biosafety in laboratory settings. Laboratory facilities, work practices, PPE, and engineering controls for Biosafety Levels 1 and 2 will be discussed. An emphasis will be placed on the development of biosafety risk assessment skills whereby the student develops the ability to anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and control occupational biohazards. The course includes in-depth discussions and class exercises on methods used to control biohazard exposure, including the use of biological safety cabinets and disinfection methods.

Upon completion, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe the basic characteristics of bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, and Prions
  • Identify six routes of transmission of infectious agents that can occur in Laboratories
  • Describe the work practices, safety equipment, and facility requirements for biosafety levels 1 and 2; (BSL-1 and BSL-2)
  • Apply risk assessment factors to determine proper work practices, engineering controls, and PPE for specific infectious agents
  • Choose the appropriate type of class II biological safety cabinets for specific use applications
  • Select suitable disinfectants for specific use applications.


  • The Microbial World
  • Infectious Disease Transmission
  • Laboratory-Acquired Infections
  • Biosafety levels 1 and 2
    • Class Exercise 1
  • Engineering Controls: Biological Safety Cabinets
  • Basic Disinfection
    • Class Exercise 2
  • Risk Assessment
    • Class Exercise 3
  • Web Resources for Biosafety

Transfer of Knowledge:
Instructors will evaluate participants understanding of the materials presented based on:

  • Hands-on demonstrations and practicum
  • Practice exercises
  • Group activities

Sponsoring Committee:
Biosafety and Environmental Microbiology

Important PDC dates:

  • May 18 — E-handout download instructions are e-mailed.
  • June 1  — Contact the AIHA if you have not received your e-handout e-mail.
  • June 1  — AIHce 2012 online communities for collaborative learning open.
  • June 15-17 — AIHce 2012 PDCs are presented. Participants must bring a printed or electronic copy of their PDC handout.
  • August 31 — AIHce 2012 online communities for collaborative learning close.
  • August 27 Educational transcripts updated and available for download