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Prestigious NIH Biosafety/Biocontainment Training Course Hosted by Kent State

Posted May. 2, 2013

Possessing one of only two officially designated National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program facilities, Kent State will host its second week-long education course for professionals across the country June 24-28.
In Kent State’s BSL-3 training laboratory, attendees learn how to function safely and effectively in a high-containment facility, but in the absence of pathogen dangers.  The course will address specific methods for maintaining a safe laboratory; what infectious agents are and the risks in working with them; the proper use of personal protection equipment; decontamination strategies; and sources of infectious organisms and the antibiotics used to treat exposure.
The course curriculum was co-developed by the National Institutes of Health, the Frontline Healthcare Workers Safety Foundation, Ltd. and the College of Public Health.  Training program attendees earn a certificate from the NIH, and the course serves as one component of the NIH’s two-year fellowship program in biosafety and biocontainment.  Kent State is one of only two high-containment training laboratories, along with Kansas State University’s Biosecurity Research Institute.