News

  • 24 Jan 2020 12:24 PM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    A new App for biosafety professionals may be downloaded from the Biological Risk Management Network.

    Following the direct links for:

    Apple

    Android

  • 20 Jan 2020 1:48 PM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    The purpose of this document is to provide interim guidance to laboratories and stakeholders involved in laboratory testing of patients who meet the definition of suspected case of pneumonia associated with a novel coronavirus identified in Wuhan, China.

    For more information, please see the following link.

  • 13 Jan 2020 7:09 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    Friedrich-Löffler Institute (FLI) published recommendations for disinfections in case of animal disease outbreaks. Please see the following link for further details.

  • 08 Jan 2020 7:56 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    Although not directly biosafety related, the review article on academic lab safety published in Nature Chemistry may be of interest. We would like to quote the following paragraph from the article, which, we believe, very nicely summarises challenges also found within our field:

    "The benefits of establishing academic lab safety research programmes
    would be substantial. Ultimately, the goal would be to decrease the rate and severity of accidents in academic labs, ensure that lab personnel stay safe and healthy, and that equipment, laboratory and buildings are protected. This is also likely to have a spillover effect into industry — better-trained, more safety-conscious students would make better industrial employees. Undoubtedly, there would be financial savings related to the cost of accidents, insurance rates and lawsuits."

    For more details, please see the following link.

  • 06 Jan 2020 4:00 PM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)
    ISO 35001: Biorisk management for laboratories and other related organizations has been published. This document defines a process to identify, assess, control, and monitor the risks associated with hazardous biological materials. This document is applicable to any laboratory or other organization that works with, stores, transports, and/or disposes of hazardous biological materials. This document is intended to complement existing International Standards for laboratories.

    For further details, please click here.

  • 17 Dec 2019 10:21 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    The World Health Organization commemorated the 40th anniversary of smallpox eradication today, recognizing the historic moment on 9 December 1979 when the end of smallpox was confirmed to have been eradicated. Five months later, in May 1980, the 33rd World Health Assembly issued its official declaration that ‘the world and all its peoples have won freedom from smallpox’.

    Please see the following link for more information.

  • 10 Dec 2019 11:33 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    German LabConCert in collaboration with HT Lab Tec GmbH offers another webinar in their series entitled "System solutions for critical rooms in hospitals and laboratories". The webinar slated for December 12th 2019 will be presented by Claus Schweinheim who will discuss tightness requirements and test methods for different room types. Please see the following links for further details:

    German

    English

  • 28 Nov 2019 6:57 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    The following article may go back a few years, but is still relevant as it looks at concentration, size distribution and infectivity of airbourne particles, in particular those carrying swine viruses.

    Article

  • 25 Nov 2019 6:29 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    The Global Laboratory Initiative (GLI) is pleased to announce the launch of the TB laboratory safety handbook. This tool was launched on the margins of the 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Hyderabad earlier this week. This Handbook draws on decades of experience working in culture and DST laboratories. It focuses on how to work safely in order to reduce the risk of infection or injury and protect the laboratory workforce and the wider community against unintentional exposures or releases of pathogenic biological agents.

    Factors that have led to potential and confirmed exposures to biological agents include absence or improper use of personal protective equipment, inadequate or ignored risk assessments, lack of standard operating procedures, and/or insufficiently trained personnel. 

    The intended audience of this Handbook is laboratory staff who conduct procedures to test samples potentially containing Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

    The handbook may be downloaded here.

  • 22 Sep 2019 4:37 PM | Yves Hartmann (Administrator)

    The SwissErgo annual conference will take place on November 29th 2019 on the topic of flexibility at work and its relationships with employees' health and performance.

    The program is available now.

    Interested persons can register via https://swissergo.ch

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