APHL, working in partnership with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, offers tools and resources to strengthen biosafety and biosecurity practices in public health and clinical laboratories. 

APHL Resources for Public Health Labs

APHL guidelines and materials for public health labs

Competency Based Position Description for Biosafety Officials
APHL developed a competencies based position description for the onboarding of biosafety officials.
APHL Ebola Risk Assessment Template
APHL developed a template for public health laboratories for Ebola Risk Assessment.
APHL Biosafety Checklist
APHL developed a biosafety checklist for laboratories as a starting point to assess biosafety measures.
APHL Zika Risk Assessment Template
APHL Zika Risk Assessment Template
APHL Position Statement on Biosafety
APHL developed an official statement for biosafety
APHL Risk Assessment Best Practices and Examples
APHL has developed a list of components for best practices for risk assessments, paired with examples of different approaches to use for risk assessments.
APHL Biosafety and Biosecurity Fact Sheet
APHL developed a biosafety and biosecurity factsheet
Visiting Biosafety Official Application
The purpose of the APHL Visiting Biosafety Professionals Program is to strengthen biosafety and biosecurity across public health laboratories.
Clinical Laboratory Biosafety Risk Management Program Assessment Checklist
An APHL developed checklist that can be filled out online to be used by PHL BSOs to work with clinical laboratory partners to enhance their biosafety programs.
Biorisk Management for Clinical and Public Health Laboratories
APHL developed a document to enhance support to clinical and local health department laboratories to reduce risk in the areas of laboratory biosafety and biosecurity
APHL Biosafety and Biosecurity 2016 Survey White Paper
APHL developed this White Paper from the 2016 APHL Biosafety and Biosecurity Survey
Enhancing Biosafety and Biosecurity in the Nation's Public Health Laboratories
A report on results from the APHL 2016 Biosafety and Biosecurity Survey

Training Resources

Webinars, courses and conferences on biosafety and biosecurity

Trainings, Workshops, and Webinars
Archived webinars, past trainings and documents from workshops
APHL Packaging and Shipping Training
Training courses in packaging and shipping provided in different locations around the country
APHL BioSafe360° Biosafety Official Leadership Program
Access to the APHL BioSafe360° Biosafety Official Leadership Program website (Password Required)
American Biological Safety Association
ABSA has many courses and webinars which are useful for individuals seeking information regarding biosafety and biosecurity.
Eagleson Institute
The Eagleson Institute provides many training seminar series, webinars, and educational courses focused in biosafety and biosecurity.
Behavioral-Based Improvement Solutions
The behaviorial based improvement solutions tackles biosafety and biosecurity from a personnel and behaviorial perspective. The program features Biosafe 360 by Sean Kauffman.
Elizabeth R Griffin Research Foundation
The Foundation provides training, research involving biological exposures, and support for occupational health awareness and improvement.
Biosafety and Biosecurity Training Course – Fort Collins
This training course will provide intensive, participatory training on most aspects of Biosafety and Biosecurity including exercises, tours, audit and inspection discussions, and Q&A.

​​Additional Resources

Resources, regulations, certifications or guidance on laboratory biosafety and biosecurity from other organizations and federal agencies

Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories
The BMBL 5th Edition is a comprehensive biosafety guide for all laboratory work
IATA Packaging and Shipping
Packaging and Shipping regulation
Guidelines for Safe Work Practices in Human and Animal Medical Diagnostic Laboratories
The CDC in conjunction with the Biosafety Blue Ribbon Panel compiled guidelines for safe work practices in clinical laboratories
International Biological and Chemical Threat Reduction Risk Management Tools from Sandia National Laboratories
The Sandia National Laboratories website for threat reduction. Some tools for risk management and software tools are available under the 'Risk Management' link on the right pane.
Journal: Applied Biosafety
The Journal of ABSA International is a peer-reviewed scientific journal for global biosafety awareness.
Federal Select Agent Program
The Federal Select Agent Program has many biosafety and biosecurity guidelines which can be adapted for non-select agent work.
Guidelines for Biosafety Laboratory Competency MMWR 2011
The CDC and APHL developed guidelines for Biosafety Laboratory Competency-competency details are in the appendix.
Virtual Biosecurity Center
The Virtual Biosecurity Center includes documents, trainings, and news items related to biosecurity
Competency Guidelines for Public Health Laboratory Professionals: CDC and APHL
APHL and CDC developed competencies for public health laboratory professionals published in the CDC's MMWR.
World Health Organization Biosafety
The World Health Organization (WHO) published a laboratory biosafety manual to cover risk assesments, recombinant DNA technology, and guidelines for certification of laboratories.
DOT Packaging and Shipping
DOT Packaging and Shipping Regulation
Clinical Laboratory Preparedness and Response Guide
APHL and ASM developed a reference guide on the responsibilities and practices that are recommended when dealing with biothreat agents.
Planning Guidance for the Handling of Solid Waste Contaminated with a Category A Infectious Substance
Guidance document for safe handling of solid waste contaminated with a Category A infectious substance and the proper management of inactivated Category A waste materials in the US.
CDC e-learning design resource
These tools and resources assist e‑learning developers in creating quality products and will help those new to e‑learning understand the basics.