Workshop On Biological Safety and Risk Management Held at QAU

The ANSO-PAS workshop was properly launched by instructing the audience on the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE).


ANSO-PAS Workshop On Biological Safety in Labs held at QAU

The ANSO-PAS workshop was held at Quaid-i-Azam University’s Department of Biotechnology in Islamabad (QAU). The workshop was led by Dr. Muhammad Ali, an assistant professor in the biotechnology department at Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad. Experts in the field of biosafety delivered thorough and detailed lectures as well as hands-on training on the topics of biological safety and risk management in labs.

The workshop was primarily concerned with biosafety measures and practices. Dr. Tasawar Hayat, a well-known scientist, has been invited as the honorary guest. Professor Dr. Sarwat Jahan has also been invited as the chief guest.

Dr. Javed Muhammad, secretary general of the Pakistan Biosafety Association (PBSA), assistant professor at the University of Haripur; Dr. Ali Talha Khalil, assistant professor at Leady Reading Hospital Peshawar (LRH); and Dr. Fouzia Tanveer Mirza, senior lecturer, department of biosciences, Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University, educated and trained the participants on biological safety and risk management.

Participants received detailed lectures and hands-on training from the trainers. The majority of participants are involved in biological sciences such as biotechnology, biochemistry, and microbiology. Participants were specifically educated and trained to manage risk when working with hazardous entities in laboratories.

The workshop was properly launched by instructing the audience on the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE). Hazard assessment, selection of PPE, training employees in the proper use of PPE, eye and face protection, use of prescription lenses, eye protection for exposed employees, head protection, foot and leg protection, hands and arm protection,

Laboratory biological safety training is essential for protecting labs staff and the general public from biological agent exposure and accidental release. Personnel working in laboratories are frequently provided with personal protective equipment (PPE) and instructions on how to avoid exposure to any chemical and biological hazards that may exist in the laboratory.

PPE used in biological agent laboratories is designed to protect the body, eyes, and face, the feet, the hands, the respiratory system, and the hearing.

The importance of a “safety culture” was stressed, which includes risk assessment, good microbiological practise and procedure, standard operating procedures, relevant introductory, refresher, and mentoring training for personnel, and prompt reporting of incidents and accidents followed by appropriate investigation and corrective actions.

This new strategy should make lab operations and design more sustainable while still ensuring necessary and appropriate biosafety management.

PPE was described in detail, including lab coats, gowns, full-body suits, gloves, protective footwear, safety glasses, safety goggles, face shields, masks, and respirators.

Additionally, the PPE required for implementing core requirements, enhanced control, and maximum containment measures, as well as the proper methods for putting on, removing, and testing specific PPE, were outlined. Personal protective equipment (PPE) cleaning, maintenance, storage, and disposal are also covered, as are national and international standards and laws.

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