Bob and Mike get a serious lesson from an industry insider who knows all about the civilian side of biological facilities. We discuss the different types of operations that are out there, and the gap in training between the emergency services and the scientific community working within. Lots of takeaways in the episode.
Some take-away links from the show:
- Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL)
- Pathogen Safety Data Sheets
- Select Agent Laboratory Incident Response Plan Guidance
- California Aerosol Transmissible Disease Standard
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- Introduction to me – what I do and where etc.
- Brief introduction to classification of biological organisms (risk groups 1-4 with a few common examples)
- Introduction to biological safety level containment laboratories (BSL-1 to BSL-4 and ABSL-1 to BSL-4 (A stands for animal, but this could also include insect labs))
- BSL-1 (extremely low hazard) and so no responder concerns for entering from an infectious perspective (can mention there will probably still be chemicals/compressed/cryogenic gases/radioactivity in these types of labs)
- Short discussion on BSL-2 laboratories
- Emergency response considerations (including for immunocompromised personnel)
- Focus on BSL-3 laboratories
- Select agent overview
- Set up of a typical facility, including access, security, interlocked doors, signage, typical floor plan, and typical infection control practices (negative pressure, PPE, equipment, containment practices inside the facility)
- Emergency scenarios that could occurk
- Focus on medical emergency with victim infectious disease contamination
- What would the scenario typically look like when the responder arrives?
- What is the actual risk to responders?
- What do the scientists expect the emergency responders will do? i.e. Will they enter the suite? General perception is “of course they will…they run into burning buildings all the time and this is a lot less dangerous”.
- What do the emergency responders expect they will do? i.e. Will they enter the suite? From my understanding (which of course I will want you, as responders to weigh in on), the general perception is “hell no, I’m not going in there as I will catch a fatal disease”.
- Discussion of the gap
- What a typical response could look like, considering response time is an important factor
- What steps would the scientists take?
- What steps would the emergency responders take?
- How would contamination be contained (hot, warm, cold zones – also discuss animal facility special considerations – i.e. escaping infectious rodents)?
- Discussion on how to close that gap
- Figure out who has these types of laboratories – Facility Fire Inspections?
- Establish a trusted connection/pre-dialog with the Biological Safety Officers/Environmental Health and Safety Staff at the facility
- Have emergency responders pre-tour the facility
- Collaboratively develop emergency protocols, including law enforcement for select agent labs
- Source and stage emergency equipment (e.g. AED inside the BSL-3 suite, mechanics dolly for helping scientists to bring out victims, decontamination stations in PPE gowning area, plus anything else you, as responders, might suggest)
- Conduct drills, in that facility, with the emergency responders participating (recorded on video so all parties can have visibility during debriefing)
- Regular review and continuous improvement of emergency response program
- Wrap up