> >Our students who perform BSL-2 research (which requires an approved protocol from our IBC, whether or not rDNA is involved) are required to read the appropriate sections of the BMBL, which is pretty much the biosafety bible.
Our biology students don't do BSL-2 work, but work with a variety of BSL 1 biohazards and this type of work is beginning to creep into our chemistry department. But I would like to educate them on what the differences between BSL 1 and 2 are so that they can recognize when they are getting close to that line. Reading BMBL without this context is a bit of a challenge. The ASM Teaching Lab biosafety guidelines appear more approachable, but still assume that the line between BSL 1 and 2 is clear, which may not be the case for synthetic nucleic acids or other novel uses of biological materials. I also find lists of, for example, 22 standard practices to be hard to absorb. 20 year old minds might be more nimble in this regard...
Thanks for the response.
Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO
Chemical Hygiene Officer
Keene State College
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