​​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, 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 competency-based position description for onboarding of biosafety officials
APHL Ebola Risk Assessment Template
Template for Ebola risk assessment
APHL Biosafety Checklist
Checklist for laboratory assessment of biosafety measures
APHL Zika Risk Assessment Template
APHL Zika Risk Assessment Template
APHL Position Statement on Biosafety
APHL official statement concerning biosafety practices
APHL Risk Assessment Best Practices
Document covering best practices in risk assessments with examples of diverse approaches
APHL Biosafety and Biosecurity Fact Sheet
Biosafety and biosecurity factsheet developed  by APHL
Peer Network Program
An application for the APHL Peer Network Program. This program is open to Biosafety Officials and Officers (BSOs) of state, local and territorial public health laboratories. Selected BSOs will be paired based on their current strengths in specified areas of biosafety and biosecurity - with the goal of facilitating mentorship and information sharing amongst biosafety professionals.
Clinical Laboratory Biosafety Risk Management Program Assessment Checklist
Online checklist for laboratory biosafety officers to complete with their clinical laboratory partners
Biorisk Management for Clinical and Public Health Laboratories
Document to assist clinical and local health department laboratories to reduce biorisk
APHL Biosafety and Biosecurity 2016 Survey White Paper
White paper summarizing findings of 2016 APHL Biosafety and Biosecurity Survey
Enhancing Biosafety and Biosecurity in the Nation's Public Health Laboratories
Full report on results from the APHL 2016 Biosafety and Biosecurity Survey
APHL Biosafety and Biosecurity 2017 Survey White Paper
White paper summarizing findings of 2017 APHL Biosafety and Biosecurity Survey
Culture Shift: Strengthening Biosafety and Biosecurity in Laboratories
A Full Report of the results from the 2017 APHL 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 offered across the country
 APHL BioSafe360° Biosafety Official Leadership Program is an online, interactive program designed for biosafety professionals in the United States and abroad. This program increases biosafety awareness as well as leadership capacity and skills, If interested in enrolling, please email biosafety@aphl.org.
American Biological Safety Association
ABSA courses and webinars on biosafety and biosecurity
Eagleson Institute Training
Eagleson Institute seminars, webinars and other educational courses in biosafety and biosecurity
Behavioral-based Improvement Solutions
Program examining behaviorial-based strategies to improve biosafety/biosecurity, and featuring Biosafe 360
Elizabeth R Griffin Research Foundation
Website for Elizabeth R Griffin Research Foundation, which conducts research involving biological exposures, offers training and supports occupational health awareness and improvement
Biosafety and Biosecurity Training Course – Fort Collins
Course in biosafety and biosecurity with 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
Comprehensive biosafety guide for all laboratory work
Packaging and shipping regulations
IATA regulations governing packaging and shipping
Guidelines for Safe Work Practices in Human and Animal Medical Diagnostic Laboratories
CDC guidelines for safe work practices in clinical laboratories
International Biological and Chemical Threat Reduction Risk Management Tools from Sandia National Laboratories
Sandia National Laboratories' website for threat reduction. See right panel for risk management and software tools
Journal of ABSA International
 Journal of ABSA International, a peer-reviewed scientific journal for global biosafety awareness
Federal Select Agent Program
Biosafety and biosecurity guidelines which can be adapted for work with non-select agents 
Guidelines for Biosafety Laboratory Competency MMWR 2011
Guidelines for Biosafety Laboratory Competency developed by  CDC and APHL. See competency details in the appendix
Virtual Biosecurity Center
Documents, trainings and news items related to biosecurity
Competency Guidelines for Public Health Laboratory Professionals: CDC and APHL
Competencies for public health laboratory professionals published developed by APHL and CDC. Published in MMWR
World Health Organization Biosafety
WHO laboratory biosafety manual with information concerning risk assessments and recombinant DNA technology plus guidelines for certification of laboratories
DOT Packaging and Shipping
DOT Packaging and Shipping Regulation
Clinical Laboratory Preparedness and Response Guide
Reference guide with recommended practices for dealing with biothreat agents. Developed by APHL and ASM
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
Tools and resources to assist e‑learning developers in creating quality products. Recommended for those new to the subject