Our Clients

Our clients include:

NIH, Division of Occupational Health and Safety

NIH, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

BioQual, Inc.

Tri-Institutional Collaboration Network (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; The Rockefeller University; and Weill Cornell Medical College)

Boston University and Boston University Medical Center

Duke University School of Medicine

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

The Joseph Stokes Jr. Research Institute

The Wadsworth Center


NIH, Division of Occupational Health and Safety (DOHS)

Since 2006, Proven Practices has provided technical and programmatic management and analyst support, and assisted in the promotion and conduct of health and safety outreach activities for the NIH occupational health and safety program.  Specific tasks include: (1) providing guidance on curricula development for the National Biocontainment and Biosafety Training Program; (2) supporting the director on a range of special projects including the development of an Instructor’s Guide for Biosafety Training for the World Health Organization; (3) serving as copy editor for Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories, 5th Edition; (4) designing and creating a DOHS a safe science Web site for promoting a “living code of practice” for the conduct of safe science; (5) developing a new “Safety by Design” Symposia series to promote safe science in biomedical research involving high-risk pathogens by addressing advancements in laboratory practices, containment equipment, and facility design; regulatory compliance; and other contemporary issues; (6) providing editing and consultative services to update existing documents and to collaborate with DOHS staff on the conceptual development, writing, and review of new documents, such as statements of work, requests for proposals, performance work statements, workload statistics, and publications; and (7) providing administrative support to the DOHS Animal Safety Program in preparation for a June 2011 recertification visit from the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International.

NIH, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

In November 2010, Proven Practices entered into partnership with the NIAID Extramural Biodefense Facilities Section in the Office of Biodefense Research Affairs to support NIAID’s collaborative initiative to create and sustain a standard of excellence in biosafety within the National and Regional Biocontainment Laboratories associated with the NIAID Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases Research Program. The partnership will consider every aspect of biosafety including means for effectively implementing guidance found in the BMBL; the development of best practices for assessing risks; analyzing causative factors in laboratory-acquired infections and in incidents that may create the potential for exposure; validating the operational integrity of primary and secondary biocontainment barriers; validating decontamination methods; improving operations of institutional biosafety committees, and for training and certifying laboratory workers in biosafety practices.

BioQual

Since 2008, Proven Practices has been providing ongoing consultative services in biosafety and biocontainment in the review of safety practices and engineering controls, standard operating procedures, safety plans, and Institutional Biosafety Committee reviews.

Tri-Institutional Collaboration Network (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; The Rockefeller University; and Weill Cornell Medical College)

In October 2010, Proven Practices developed and conducted a day and one-half day educational seminar that studied and reviewed the NIH and Tri-Institutional guidelines for conducting responsible research with recombinant DNA. The seminar included review of the NIH Institutional Biosafety Committee’s Assessment Tool, individual sessions with representatives from the Tri-Institutional Network’s Institutional Biosafety Committees (IBC), and a three-hour session addressing rDNA compliance and the responsibilities of the IBCs and principal investigators.

Boston University and Boston University Medical Center

From October 2007 through April 2010, Proven Practices provided guidance and technical services in support of the University’s environmental health and safety programs, and to the core groups and scientific staff that would, at the eventual opening of the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL), share responsibility for its safe operation.

Specifically, Proven Practices:

  1. BulletDelivered 12 final draft sections mandated for the Boston Public Health Commission BSL-4 Biological Laboratory Safety Permit Application, including complete Chemical Hygiene, Disease Surveillance, and Training plans. The sections addressed, among other topics, Commissioning, Decommissioning, Decontamination, Evacuation and Emergency Response, Laboratory Inspections, and Waste Disposal. During their development, Proven Practices provided expertise to ensure that the sections were fully integrated, uniform, and addressed pertinent requirements under the federal, state, and local regulations, and BU policies.

  2. Proven Practices, LLCCreated two comprehensive training courses, “Introduction to the NEIDL and the Practice of Safe Science,” and “NEIDL Public Safety and Emergency Response.” These courses were included in the Training Plan developed by Proven Practices to guide the NEIDL training program, which included six training tracks, 17 courses with learning objectives, outlined course content, and suggested faculty pool.

  3. BulletDesigned and wrote nine original two-page Quick Reference Guides for emergency responders addressing the biological agents planned for use within the NEIDL. Each Guide addressed the agent characteristics, release scenarios, health effects, other health and safety issues, and decontamination.

Duke University School of Medicine

Developed two comprehensive one-half day training courses:  “Introduction to Biosafety,” and “Introduction to Equipment and Mechanical Systems”

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Provided consultative services for the development of a model emergency preparedness and research continuity plan for the Nanaline Duke Biomedical Research Building.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Provided technical guidance for the construction and operation of the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV in Durban, South Africa; planned and conducted the 17th annual Environmental Health and Safety Conference sponsored by HHMI (2007).

The Joseph Stokes Jr. Research Institute

Conducted a program review and evaluation.

The Wadsworth Center

Conducted a program review and evaluation.