Plant Biosafety Virtual Course

Plant Biosafety for Laboratory Workers, Greenhouse Safety and Support Personnel at Universities, Startup and Agricultural Companies

The use of genetic modification in the modern agricultural industry plays a critical role in helping farmers provide a safe, abundant supply of food, feed and fuel. Understanding this tool, the regulations around its use and the safety requirements in place to minimize risk and identify hazards is important for both safety professionals and plant program personnel.

Overview

This course will provide participants with an overview of APHIS permits including Plant Protection & Quarantine (PPQ), Biotechnology Regulatory Service (BRS) and Veterinarian Services (VS). It also will cover the NIH Guidelines as it relates to environmental release and financial loss. The class will offer a variety of advanced scenarios and interactive exercises that demonstrate the range of biological, genetic modification and the risks and hazards routinely encountered in the greenhouse, fields and labs supporting plant research. Participants will be guided through strategies for identifying potential hazards, for assessing the magnitude and extent of induced risks and cost, and for developing effective control measures to protect the safety of workers, plants and the environment. The course employs “real world” examples to improve understanding of greenhouse and field operations.

Objectives:

  • Review basic import permits, hazard identification and risk assessment techniques as they apply to research involving genetically modified (GM) plants
  • Learn how to incorporate effective hazard and exposure control strategies into GM and arthropod lab and greenhouse design and research facility management procedures
  • Identify ways that safety professionals can work with plant program personnel to address common research safety issues and environmental issues

Instructor

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 1.0 CM points for registered Biosafety Professional (RBP) and Certified Biosafety Safety Professional (CBSP) Maintenance.

Thursday, February 25, 2021 (Day 1)

Welcome & Introductions
Suzanne Wilkison
NCABR President

Overview of Genetically Modified Material & Review
Deborah Howard, MPH, CBSP
Global EHS Biological Materials Manager
BASF

Overview of Permits and Regulations
Deborah Howard

How to Acquire a Permit, Importing & Exporting
Deborah Howard

Break

2020 SECURE Rule Review
Deborah Howard

E-Permits
Deborah Howard

PPQ/BRS Permits
Deborah Howard

Wrap-Up

Adjourn

Friday, February 26, 2021 (Day 2)

Welcome
Suzanne Wilkison
NCABR President

Determining Plant/Plant Pathogen Levels
Deborah Howard, MPH, CBSP
Global EHS Biological Materials Manager
BASF

Consumer Safety
Deborah Howard

Regulated Nematodes
Deborah Howard

Break

Walk-In Chambers
Deborah Howard

Devitalization
Deborah Howard

Review
Deborah Howard

Wrap-Up

Adjourn

Registration
Event Details
  • Thursday, February 25
    10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

     

    Friday, February 26
    10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

  • Registration Price
    •  For employees of NCABR member organizations: $200
    •  For others: $250

     

    Registration closes February 19, 2021.

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

  • Cancelation Policy
    Orders canceled on or before February 19, 2021, are eligible for a full refund.

     

    Orders canceled after February 19, 2021, are not eligible for a refund.

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

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