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The Biosafety Level 3 Laboratory (BSL3): Operational Aspects and Requirements Webinar
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The biosafety level 3 laboratory is a heavily regulated environment with complicated control features and a workflow unique to the environment. The responsibilities are more stringent under the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Human Pathogens and Toxins Regulations, with license renewal required every three years. The safety that this environment provides allows manipulations of biohazardous material not provided by the usual BSL2 microbiology laboratory. This presentation will give attendees a better understanding of this type of laboratory and provide a peak within the environment and the processes that take place there. The work performed by the Saint John New Brunswick BSL3 laboratory will also be covered.

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At the end of this webinar you will be able to:

  • Know the history of the TB laboratory service in New Brunswick
  • Understand the requirements of operating a Biosafety Level 3 (BSL3) Laboratory
  • Be familiar with specialized protocols and personal protective equipment
  • Know which services are provided by the BSL3 laboratory in Saint John

 

Speakers: Janet Reid, MLT, BMLS, ART and Erin Hache, MLT, BMLS

Janet Reid has been the microbiology laboratory manager since October 2007. She has been a medical laboratory technologist since 1990 and has spent her entire career in microbiology. As a technologist, she was trained in the provincial service areas for level 3/TB and enteric reference services. She completed her Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science from the University of New Brunswick (UNB), post-diploma in 2007 and her ART in microbiology 2014.

Erin Hache has been a medical laboratory technologist for 16 years, 11 of those spent in microbiology, where she is trained to work in the level 3 laboratory/TB. She completed her Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science in 2003 from UNB. Erin has a passion for sharing her knowledge and has done so through teaching medical laboratory students and being involved in “Bring Your Kids to Work” days in the workplace.

Recorded: May 26, 2019

 

PEP hours: 1.0

CPS credits: 0

*Note: PEP hours and/or CPS credits will only be awarded upon successful completion of the quiz.

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