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Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Whitepaper Details 15 Best Practices for Institutional Biosafety Committees to Improve Functionality, Compliance

Elizabeth Gilman Duane, M.S., RBP, CBSP; Practice Director, Life Sciences; Environmental Health & Engineering, Inc.

Elizabeth Gilman Duane, M.S., RBP, CBSP; Practice Director, Life Sciences; Environmental Health & Engineering, Inc.

Needham, Mass. — March 11, 2015 — Fifteen best practices to help Institutional Biosafety Committees (IBCs) improve their functionality and compliance — and better protect their workers, communities, and institutions — are detailed in a new whitepaper available to download at http://www.eheinc.com/ibc_practices.htm.

The whitepaper is titled “Best Practices for a Highly Functioning, Compliant Institutional Biosafety Committee.

“Last year there were several lapses in safety practices at Federal laboratories, drawing significant attention and compromising the public’s confidence in biomedical research,” said whitepaper author Betsy Gilman Duane, MS, RBP, CBSP, Practice Director, Life Sciences at Environmental Health & Engineering (EH&E).

“But each Institutional Biosafety Committee is unique. After satisfying the requirements of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and their local communities, the best practices recommended in the whitepaper can enhance the experience for IBC members, facilitate compliance as well as science, and provide opportunities for improvement for Institutional Biosafety Committees as the cornerstone of their institution’s Biosafety Management System,” she stated.

The 15 best practices addressed in the whitepaper involve the scope of the Institutional Biosafety Committee, data collection, training, leadership, conflicts of interest, project and procedure reviews and audits, biosafety officer qualifications, public communications, disposition of materials, and others.

Gilman Duane is past president of the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA), facilitated the establishment of the New England Biosafety Association (NEBSA), and is on the Board of the Eagleson Institute. At EH&E, she oversees biological safety and environmental health and safety programs for life science clients.

To download the whitepaper, Best Practices for a Highly Functioning, Compliant Institutional Biosafety Committee,” visit http://www.eheinc.com/ibc_practices.htm.

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About EH&E

EH&E a leading provider of environmental and engineering consulting services, guarantees that its application of science and engineering best practices will deliver measurable, quantifiable benefits in all aspects of the built environment. EH&E’s focus on evidence-based decision making and advanced capabilities in analytics and technology innovation help its clients achieve and quantify optimal performance from their people and assets. For more information, visit the EH&E website at www.eheinc.com.


Monday, January 10th, 2011

New “Advanced Biosafety Webinar Series” Tackles Challenges of Rapidly Changing Research Techniques

Needham, MA – January 10, 2011 – A series of webinars on cutting edge research topics to help biosafety officers manage risks and meet regulatory requirements is planned by EH&E, a leading environmental and engineering firm.

Biosafety Officers, Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) members and Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) staff at public and private research institutions nation-wide are challenged with reviewing safety protocols for biological research involving an ever expanding array of techniques and biological materials. EH&E’s three-part webinar series, “Advanced Biosafety Webinar Series – Meeting the Challenges of Today’s Research” identifies and addresses the biosafety issues presented by today’s research techniques.

“A solid understanding of the procedures and techniques being used in today’s research labs is needed in order to best address safety and regulatory concerns,” says Dr. Ted Myatt, Senior Scientist at EH&E. “Therefore, we’ve asked leading researchers to discuss their research in a format that promotes discussion of new safety and regulatory challenges the research may pose.”

The webinars will be held monthly from January through March 2011. Each webinar will include a one-hour presentation of the research topic followed by 15 minutes for live Q&A. The series includes:

Learn about the development of new viral vectors and how they are being used in current neurobiological research. Presenters:

o Constance L. Cepko, PhD, Co-Director, Leder Program in Human Biology and Translational Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Professor of Genetics and Ophthamology at Harvard Medical School, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator

o Ted Myatt, ScD, RBP, Senior Scientist / Biosafety and Biological Hazards Practice Leader, EH&E

· Coping with Exponential Improvements in Reading and Writing DNA: Understanding the Safety and Regulatory Aspects of Genomic Research, February 22, 2011, 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. EST

A current view of genomic research techniques and unique challenges relating to potential exposure to both chemicals and synthetic DNA. Presenters:

o Alexander Wait Zaranek, PhD, Research Fellow in Genetics, George Church Laboratory, Harvard Medical School

o Ted Myatt, ScD, RBP, Senior Scientist / Biosafety and Biological Hazards Practice Leader, EH&E

Discuss the unique challenges present in working with the non-human primate model in HIV vaccine research. Presenters:

o David Ross Kaufman MD, PhD, Physician, Division of Vaccine Research and Infectious Diseases, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

o Ted Myatt, ScD, RBP, Senior Scientist / Biosafety and Biological Hazards Practice Leader, EH&E

Cost is $179 per webinar. For more information, or to register for any, or all, of EHE’s three-part “Advanced Biosafety Webinar Series – Meeting the Challenges of Today’s Research, visit: http://www.eheinc.com/news_workshops.htm.

About EH&E

EH&E (http://www.eheinc.com) has provided an extensive range of environmental and engineering consulting services for over 20 years. Our team consists of more than 60 experts with an outstanding record of providing business-focused solutions for issues that affect the built environment. EH&E has a depth of knowledge and credibility unmatched in the industry and our wealth of readily-accessible information has become a powerful resource for our clients.

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