International High Containment Operations and Maintenance Workshop

Join us in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada for the International High Containment Operations and Maintenance Workshop
November 6-10, 2022

Workshop Description

Workshop Highlights

When

November 6-10, 2022

Where

Saskatoon, SK Canada 

Benefits

This workshop addresses the increasing needs of facility operators, maintenance and operations staff for training in relevant aspects of biocontainment facilities and fills a critical need within the operations and maintenance community.

Cost

The cost to attend is $3,250.00 CAD (inclusive of the 5% Goods and Services Tax).


Course Application

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The Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO) and the Canadian Association for Biological Safety/ L’Association Canadienne Pour La Sécurité Biologique (CABS-ACSB) are pleased to co-present the International High Containment Operations and Maintenance Workshop.

This workshop addresses the increasing needs of facility operators, maintenance and operations staff for training in relevant aspects of biocontainment facilities and fills a critical need within the operations and maintenance community.

This four day course allows participants to gain hands-on experience in some of the special containment and facility support areas (CL3 and CL3-Ag) of the International Vaccine Centre (InterVac), Canada’s newest and largest CL3-Ag facility.

Proposed workshop topics will include:

  • Physical integrity verification of containment laboratories;
  • Assessing the performance of HVAC and HEPA filtration systems
  • Performing maintenance and operational functions on critical containment systems
  • Integrating operations and maintenance with the scientific program
  • Assessing and verifying the performance of primary containment devices
  • Waste treatment and solid waste systems
  • Energy centre operation
  • Emerging and re-emerging diseases
  • Electrical systems and maintenance
  • Decontamination procedures for animal containment spaces

In addition, participants will be presented with an overview in biosafety and biosecurity, as well as lessons learned in facility design and construction.

After successful completion of this 4 day workshop participants will be able to:

  • Describe a HEPA filter, how it works and how it is certified
  • Explain the purpose of a BSC and how it works and identify the elements of BSC certification
  • Identify and describe different systems and roles found within the energy centre of a large facility
  • List different methods of treating liquid effluent from a biocontainment laboratory and identify items that could be considered when selecting a treatment system for biological laboratory waste
  • Define purpose of room integrity in a containment laboratory and describe how it is tested and verified
  • Describe how to safely maintain the different electrical distribution systems in a containment facility

The uniqueness of this workshop is in its intensive, participatory-based approach. Teams will work with different instructors each day to complete technical modules, supplemented by plenary lectures and discussions.

All aspects of the workshop will be conducted in English. It is important for safety reasons that all participants be comfortable working in this language. There are only 18 spaces available for this course.

The cost to attend is $3,250.00 CAD (inclusive of the 5% Goods and Services Tax). If you have questions or need more information, please contact us at cabsacsb@gmail.com.

Venue and Accommodations

The International High Containment Operations and Maintenance Workshop will be held at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO) (http://www.vido.org) in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Accommodations for the event are in the process of being determined. A block of rooms will be held for participants at a hotel. More details to come!

Course Application

All applications will be reviewed by a Selection Committee and all applicants will receive notice of the status of their application by September 9, 2022. Tuition is due upon receipt of a letter of approval.

The tuition for this workshop is $3250.00 Canadian Dollars (inclusive of 5% Goods and Services Tax); including all course materials, ground transportation to and from the preferred hotel and VIDO, and lunches. The costs of accommodations and travel are the responsibility of participants.

In order to be considered for the course, please complete the following online application process. The deadline for application is August 26, 2022. All applicants will be informed of the Committee's decision by Friday, September 9, 2022.

Cancellation policy

Due to the nature of this course, once registration fees are submitted they are non-refundable.


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Program

To download a pdf of the program click HERE

Opening Reception

Sunday, November 6, 2022 Opening Reception

Time Description
6:00-8:00 pm TBD

Day 1, Monday, November 7, 2022

Time Description
07:45 Bus pick up at hotel
08:00-08:30 Arrival and sign in
08:30-09:45 Welcome and Overview
09:45-10:00 Break and group photo
10:00-11:00 Picture I.D. cards
11:00-12:00 Participant introductions
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-14:00 Presentation
14:00-14:45 Presentation
14:45-15:00 Break
15:00-16:30 Facility tour
16:30-16:45 Wrap up and bus to hotel

Day 2, Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Time Description
07:30 Bus pick up at hotel
07:45-08:00 Arrival and sign in
08:00-10:00 Modules
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-12:00 Modules
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-15:00 Modules
15:00-15:15 Break
15:15-17:00 Modules
17:00-17:15 Wrap up and bus to hotel

Day 3, Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Time Description
07:30 Bus pick up at hotel
07:45-08:00 Arrival and sign in
08:00-10:00 Modules
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-12:00 Modules
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-13:45 Presentation
13:45-14:30 Presentation
14:30-14:45 Break
14:45-15:30 Presentation
15:30-15:45 Wrap up and bus to hotel
18:00-21:15 TBD Reception and Dinner

Day 4, Thursday, November 10, 2022

Time Description
08:30 Bus pick up at hotel
08:45-09:00 Arrival and sign in
09:00-10:45 Modules
10:45-11:00 Break
11:00-13:00 Modules
13:00-14:15 Lunch
14:15-15:30 Presentation
15:30-16:15 Question and answer period and presentation of certificates
16:15 Bus to hotel