Biotech Safety Awareness Week
The Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS) will host a Biotech Safety Awareness Week from Monday, Oct. 28, to
Friday, Nov. 1. The event, which is open to faculty, students, and staff from throughout the Rensselaer campus, will focus on increasing awareness of safety issues in performing current biotechnology research and will include information on chemical safety and hazardous materials, the use of personal protective equipment, and emergency procedures.
“The Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies is a premier research center engaged in performing high-quality and transformative research,” said Deepak Vashishth, director of CBIS. “Through events such as the Biotech Safety Awareness Week, we want to promote more visible attention to laboratory safety and ensure a safe working environment for our students, staff, and faculty.”
“We want to reinforce that safety is a top priority in the research that takes place in CBIS,” said Glenn Monastersky, CBIS director of operations. “Every student and faculty member who joins CBIS must complete required lab and bio-safety training modules, and the CBIS professional staff regularly communicates safety issues to building residents. Our required training is comprehensive, but it’s our opinion that you can never make too much of an effort to maintain awareness of lab safety.”
A sampling of the lineup currently includes:
- Demonstration of emergency showers and eyewashes and MSDS documentation by the Environmental Health and Safety staff of Human Resources.
- Discussion of chemical and hazardous materials and safety and emergency equipment demonstrations with the Troy Fire Department.
- Discussion of occupational health and safety issues with Dr. Ronald Musto, executive vice president at Community Care Physicians and an expert in occupational health.
- Lecture on student health issues with Dr. Leslie Lawrence, medical director of the Student Health Center.
- Demonstration of emergency resuscitation technique by the Department of Public Safety.
- Displays of safety items by key campus vendors.