PAST TRAINING COURSES


Laboratory Biosafety Training Course (2015)
Milan, 9th-13th November 2015
The course aimed at training 6 laboratory professionals in biosafety and biorisk management according to the highest international standards, as well as at promoting the knowledge and the dissemination of these standards in Italy and abroad. The five-day hands-on training course organized by CLIMVIB and implemented jointly with well experienced lecturers coming from different countries and with different backgrounds, offered an analysis of biological risk, and an introduction on biosafety and biosecurity as sets of measures that can help manage biological risk. The course was mainly focused on biosafety measures. While the firs part (2,5 days) was dedicated to traditional lessons on facility design and construction, laboratory equipment, Personal Protective Equipment, Good Laboratory Practices, laboratory accidents, biohazardous waste management and regulatory aspects, the second part (2,5 days) offered the participants the opportunity to experiment what they had learnt in the theoretical lessons with tailored exercises at our premises (BSL-2, BSL-3 and BSL-4 facilities).

Biosafety and Biosecurity training course – Georgia (2015)
Milan, 28th September – 2nd October 2015
Tailored 5-days training program developed and implemented for 8 Georgian trainees within the framework of EU/UNICRI project C4 “Biosafety and Biosecurityrisk management for Georgia”. The program included classroom and laboratory training for participants to understand laboratory risks and behaviors needed to mitigate those risks. The combination of classroom training with classroom exercises and hands-on training in the lab, ensured the achievement of learning objectives and the success of the training. Moreover, the course has provided the participants with a unique opportunity to share their experience with CLIMVIB experts as well as to observe the organization of the work in our department.

Laboratory sessions included select agent training (with a focus on TB), risk assessment and mitigation, BSL -1, -2, -3, -4 primary containment and practices, working safely in a BSC, disinfection, decontamination, sterilization, donning and doffing of PPE, waste management, spills, accident reporting, emergency response and spill clean-up, among others.

Awareness Raising Seminar on Biological Risk (2015)
Bologna, 20th – 23rd April 2015
Victoria, 19th – 22nd May 2015
The awareness raising seminar can both be considered as a stand-alone seminar and a module within a comprehensive session on CBRN risk. Starting form real cases, our expert define risk, threat and hazard, and present the whole spectrum of biological risk, which spans from accidental release to deliberate misuse. An introduction on biological agents is provided in order for audience with different technical background to be able to have an understanding of the issue. This include definition of biological agents and other relevant terminology, characteristics and classification of biological agents, and the dual-use of biological agents issue. After an introduction on Biorisk management systems, the audience is offered and overview of biosafety and biosecurity measures, including basic principles, laboratory requirements, biohazardous waste management, and transport of biological agents. The participants are also presented the international framework relevant to biorisk management in terms of international and regional organizations, legislations and guidelines, as well as projects and initiatives. The seminar is mainly addressed to national authorities and policy-makers, but also to technical personnel in responsibility positions.

Transport of Highly Infectious Samples and Patients (2014)
Milan, 12th – 13th November, 2014
Theoretical and practical course about the management of the transport of samples and patients suffering from highly infectious diseases. The course was jointly organized by L. Sacco University Hospital together with the Italian Ministry of Health and the Italian Air Force. The course included a practical exercise with the simulation of the transport of an Ebola patient by plane and the subsequent transfer through a special biocontainment ambulance from the airport to L. Sacco University Hospital, more specifically to the high-level containment facilities of the infectious disease department which are designed for the hospitalization of highly infectious patients. The samples of the patient were tested in our BSL4 laboratory.

Laboratory Biological Risk Mitigation Training – BSL2, BSL3, and BSL4 (2014)
Milan, 22nd– 26th September 2014
5-days program including both classroom and laboratory training aimed for participants to understand laboratory risks and behaviors needed to mitigate those risks. This training course was designed by CLIMVIB and was implemented three times. Each of the three training sessions involved more than 20 experts from all over the world. The combination of classroom training, classroom exercises and hands-on training in the lab, ensured the achievement of learning objectives and the success of the training. The Laboratory Biological Risk Mitigation Training – BSL2,BSL3 and BSL4 has represented not only a valuable tool and opportunity for participants to strengthen their knowledge on select agents, risk assessment and mitigation, BSL -1, -2, -3, -4 primary containment and practices, safe work in a BSC, disinfection, decontamination, sterilization, donning and doffing of PPE, waste management, spills, accident reporting, emergency response and spill clean-up, etc, but also a the chance for the them to share their experiences with colleagues coming from different countries.

Laboratory Biohazardous Waste Management (2014)
Nay Pyi Taw, 11th -13th June 2014
Singapore, 9th -11th July 2014
Vientiane, 14th – 16th October 2014
Hanoi, 21st – 22nd October 2014
Phnom Penh, 29th -30th October 2014
Bangkok, 18th – 20th November 2014
Manila, 10th -11th December 2014
The educational session on laboratory hazardous waste management has been tested in two different setups, both as an actual training course and as a collaborative workshop. The training/workshop on laboratory biohazardous waste management has already been implemented in 7 different countries.

Training/workshop topics include the following topics: biological agents (identification, classification, nature and level of risk), identification and classification of biohazardous waste, biohazardous waste handling practices within laboratories, state of the art, trends and new scenarios on biohazardous waste management, international legislations and guidelines relevant to biohazardous waste management and emergency management in case of incidents involving biohazardous waste in biomedical laboratories.

Awareness Raising Seminar on Biological Risk (2014)
Kampala, 30th June – 3rd July 2014
The awareness raising seminar can both be considered as a stand-alone seminar and a module within a comprehensive session on CBRN risk. Starting form real cases, our expert define risk, threat and hazard, and present the whole spectrum of biological risk, which spans from accidental release to deliberate misuse. An introduction on biological agents is provided in order for audience with different technical background to be able to have an understanding of the issue. This include definition of biological agents and other relevant terminology, characteristics and classification of biological agents, and the dual-use of biological agents issue. After an introduction on Biorisk management systems, the audience is offered and overview of biosafety and biosecurity measures, including basic principles, laboratory requirements, biohazardous waste management, and transport of biological agents. The participants are also presented the international framework relevant to biorisk management in terms of international and regional organizations, legislations and guidelines, as well as projects and initiatives. The seminar is mainly addressed to national authorities and policy-makers, but also to technical personnel in responsibility positions.

Biological Safety Advanced Postgraduate Course: Level 1 2 and 3 lab procedures (2012)
Milan, 9th -13th July 2012
The 2012 Biological Safety Advanced Postgraduate Course: Level 1 2 and 3 lab procedures was held in Milan, 9th-13th July 2012. This in-depth biosafety course aimed to promote safelaboratory practices, and proper use of containment equipment in BSL-2 and BSL-3 facilities. It was addressed to investigators and research staff members using infectious agents (human, animal, or plant pathogens) and/or recombinant DNA in their research activities.

Biological Safety Advanced Postgraduate Course: Level 1 2 and 3 lab procedures (2011)
Milan, 10th -16th May 2011
The 2011 Biological Safety Advanced Postgraduate Course: Level 1 2 and 3 lab procedures was held in Milan, 10th-16th May 2011. This in-depth biosafety course aimed to promote safe laboratory practices, and proper use of containment equipment in BSL-2 and BSL-3 facilities. It was addressed to investigators and research staff members using infectious agents (human, animal, or plant pathogens) and/or recombinant DNA in their research activities.