Biosafety Fundamentals Virtual Course

New for 2022: Biosafety Fundamentals for Laboratory Personnel at Universities and Start-Up Companies


This newly developed virtual short course will provide guidance on the basic principles and practices of biological safety for biosafety professionals, biosafety officers and other professionals involved in workplace safety in laboratories and other facilities. The course will cover the following topics, including comprehension reviews and exercises at the end of each section:

  • Principles of Biosafety
  • Defining Biosafety Levels
  • Prudent Practices
  • Basic Risk Assessment
  • Hazard Control Using Containment
  • Introduction to Chemical Decontamination
  • Biosafety Resources

The class will provide basic direction on how to work more safely with biological hazards.


Deborah Howard, MPH, CBSP

Deborah Howard is the Global Environment, Health and Safety Biological Materials Manager for BASF where she has oversight of greenhouses, laboratories, inoculant and fermentation sites.  She has been the Biosafety Manager at BASF (Bayer buyout in 2018) since May 2014 and was named Global Biosafety Expert in August 2020. Deborah has extensive experience with Select Agent regulations, exporting, greenhouse, arthropods, genetically modified plants and animals. She has over 30 years of experience in health and safety and knowledge of regulations, including NIH, OSHA, EPA, APHIS and USDA. Previously, she was the Biosafety Manager at UNC Chapel Hill.

Continuing Education Credit

Attendees will receive 0.5 CM points for registered Biosafety Professional (RBP) and Certified Biosafety Safety Professional (CBSP) Maintenance.

Course Schedule

Welcome & Introductions
Virginia Crisp
Program Coordinator for Member Services & Support

Overview of Biosafety Principles and Guidelines
Deborah Howard, MPH, CBSP
Global EHS Biological Materials Manager

Basics of Microbiology
Deborah Howard

Deborah Howard


Biosafety Cabinet Placement and Use
Deborah Howard

Autoclaves and Steamers
Deborah Howard

Determining Human, Animal and Environmental Risk Using Resources
Deborah Howard





Event Details
  • Wednesday, January 19 
    11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET

  • Registration Price
    •  For employees of NCABR member organizations: $125
    •  For non-members: $175

      Registration closes January 14, 2022.

  • Who Should Attend:
    •  All lab workers
    •  All safety professionals

  • Virtual Platform to be Used:

    • Log in details will be emailed to paid registrants the week of the program.
  • Cancelation Policy
    Orders canceled on or before January 14, 2022, are eligible for a full refund.  
    Orders canceled after January 14, 2022, are not eligible for a refund.

  • Substitution Policy
    A substitution from the registrant’s organization is permitted.
    Please notify Virginia Crisp (contact info below) at least seven days before the course.

  • Questions?
    Contact Virginia Crisp, Program Coordinator, Member Services & Support, NCABR at or 919-785-1304 x202