Laboratory safety training

Proven Practices has developed a comprehensive training course for the NIH National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program (NBBTP) titled, “The History of Biosafety.”  In addition, Dr. Barkley designed and developed two one-half day training courses for the U.S. Department of Agriculture: “Introduction to Biosafety” and “Introduction to Equipment and Mechanical Systems.”

The principals have created and produced eleven training videos/DVDs on safety in the research laboratory.  Recruiting active scientists to participate in the development of the training programs and to demonstrate best practices on-camera assured the relevance, value, and acceptance of these training materials for academic research laboratories.  The research community worldwide has recognized the videos as a valuable resource for safety training.  The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) uses the videos as part of their in-house curriculum to help train OSHA laboratory inspectors.

The principals conceived of and developed a first of its kind 60-minute online, interactive laboratory safety training course that included a final exam tailored to the users’ areas of research.  The course tracked and recorded the users’ participation and exam scores and provided immediately feedback to the users.  During its first five years online, approximately 150,000 individuals took advantage of this unique and authoritative training opportunity.

Under Dr. Barkley’s leadership as Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Applied Biosafety Programmes and Research at the National Institutes of Health, the Centre developed the first WHO Instructor’s Guide for Biosafety Training in 1984.  The principals revised and updated the course lectures and corresponding PowerPoint presentations, case studies, laboratory exercises, and layout design for the second edition published in 2007.

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