Statement on Funding Pause on Certain Types of Gain-of-Function Research

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The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced today that the U.S. government will undertake a deliberative process to assess the risks and benefits of certain gain-of-function (GOF) experiments with influenza, SARS, and MERS viruses in order to develop a new Federal policy regarding the funding of this research. During this deliberative process, U.S. government agencies will institute a pause on the funding of any new studies involving these experiments. For purposes of the deliberative process and this funding pause, “GOF studies” refers to scientific research that increases the ability of any of these infectious agents to cause disease by enhancing its pathogenicity or by increasing its transmissibility among mammals by respiratory droplets.

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CDC Tightened Guidance for U.S. Healthcare Workers on Personal Protective Equipment for Ebola

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tightening previous infection control guidance for healthcare workers caring for patients with Ebola, to ensure there is no ambiguity.  The guidance focuses on specific personal protective equipment (PPE) health care workers should use and offers detailed step by step instructions for how to put the equipment on and take it off safely.

Recent experience from safely treating patients with Ebola at Emory University Hospital, Nebraska Medical Center and National Institutes of Health Clinical Center are reflected in the guidance.

The enhanced guidance is centered on three principles:

  • All healthcare workers undergo rigorous training and are practiced and competent with PPE, including taking it on and off in a systemic manner
  • No skin exposure when PPE is worn
  • All workers are supervised by a trained monitor who watches each worker taking PPE on and off.

All patients treated at Emory University Hospital, Nebraska Medical Center and the NIH Clinical Center have followed the three principles. None of the workers at these facilities have contracted the illness.

Read all of it here!

AALAS 65th National Meeting

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AALAS 2014

Join NuAire at the 65th National AALAS (American Association for Laboratory Animal Science) Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

We’ll be displaying a wide variety of airflow products specially designed for the animal vivarium.

Be sure to visit booth 817 to view our new generation Animal Transfer Stations designed after a Class II Biological Safety Cabinet to maximize technician and animal protection.

If you would like to schedule a personal meeting or have a questions please contact us by clicking here.

 

Gupta suits up in Ebola protective gear

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A look into what health care workers go through when attending patients with infectious diseases. Be sure to check with your EHS professional to ensure you are properly trained on your facilities operating procedures.

Watch this video from CNN as Dr. Sanjay Gupta suits up & removes personal protective equipment that the CDC recommends when treating an Ebola patient.


Gupta suits up in Ebola protective gear

OSHA on Ebola

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OSHA on Ebola

Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) (sometimes called Ebola Virus Disease, or EVD) is the disease caused by infection with an Ebola virus. It is a type of viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF) brought on by any of several strains of viruses in the Ebolavirus genus. Ebola viruses are capable of causing severe, life-threatening disease. Many people who get EHF die from it. Workers performing tasks involving close contact with symptomatic individuals with EHF or in environments contaminated or reasonably anticipated to be contaminated with infectious body fluids are at risk of exposure. These workers may include workers in the healthcare, mortuary and death care, airline, and other travel service industries.

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CDC Conference Call Today at 2pm EST!

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Preparing for Ebola: What U.S. Hospitals Can Learn From Emory Healthcare and Nebraska Medical Center

Date:Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Time:2:00 – 3:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Learn more click here.

Why You Should Never Cover the Airflow Grill on a Biosafety Cabinet

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Never Block the Airflow Grill

The front airflow grill on a biological safety cabinet performs the important job of separating the clean air inside the cabinet from the contaminated laboratory air outside. The front grill reduces the risk of contaminants entering the sterile work zone and disrupting the experiment inside, and they should never be covered.

Front Airflow Grill Smoke Flow Example

Smoke displays the vacuum created at the front of the cabinet by the front airflow grill.

Particular care must be taken to avoid covering the front grill, which is located beneath the window sash that separates the laboratory worker from the cabinet contents. This grill can easily be blocked by hands, arms, consumables, or laboratory equipment.

Blocking the front airflow grill on a biosafety cabinet raises the risk of the experiment inside being ruined by contaminants from outside and presents the possibility of substances inside the cabinet leaking out into the laboratory. This could present a substantial risk to the safety of laboratory workers and the local environment, particularly if the person using the cabinet is working with infectious materials.

When working in a Nuaire biosafety cabinet, always place items at least 4 inches from the front of the cabinet so that they do not block the airflow from the grill. Place bulky items to the side of the cabinet, where they will be less disruptive to the airflow.

Smoke Downflow Example

Smoke is used to display a biosafety cabinet’s laminar air downflow.

Even body parts such as arms, elbows, and hands can cover the airflow grill. Experimenters should avoid resting any parts of their bodies on the grill. The best practice is to move hands slowly in and out of the cabinet perpendicular to the front grill, rather than sweeping an arm across the grill, to minimize disruption of the air flow. Operators should organize the workspace inside the cabinet to minimize the movements they have to make with their arms.

Try a large or small elbow rest to keep your elbows and forearms off the airflow grill.

Following these tips when working with a Nuaire biosafety cabinet enables everyone in the laboratory to safely carry out experiments and avoid compromising results. To maintain a good safety record within the lab, make sure every laboratory worker is briefed on how to safely use a biosafety cabinet without covering the airflow grill.

Microcentrifuges BOGO promotion

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NuAire Microcentrifuge BOGO

From now until December 31, 2014 purchase a NuAire ventilated or refrigerated microcentrifuge and receive a free mini-microcentrifuge free of cost.

NuAire Laboratory Equipment is making it easy for laboratories to modernize their equipment by offering a buy one, get one promotion on microcentrifuge models.

Plymouth, MN, October 2014 – NuAire wants to make it more affordable for labs to buy the laboratory equipment they need. From now until December 31, 2014, the company’s microcentrifuge models are part of a BOGO promotion.

Customers who purchase a NuAire Refrigerated (model C2500R) or Ventilated (Model C2500) Microcentrifuge receive a Mini-Microcentrifuge (Model C1801) free. That’s a $300 value.

To take advantage of this offer click here.

Free doesn’t mean sub-par. The Ventilated Microcentrifuge Model C-2500 features maximum speeds of 6,000 rpm and maximum RCF of 2,000 xg. Other features that will be welcomed by any busy laboratory include the self-opening lid, which enables single-handed operation, the quick release rotor hub, which allows for easy rotor exchange, and the built-in breaking system for rapid sample processing.

Promotional Details

This offer is valid through December 31, 2014 to United States and Canada customers only. To qualify, customers must purchase one (1) model number C-2500R or (1) model C-2500 to receive one (1) model C-1801 free of charge. Limit of one model per purchase to qualify for the BOGO offer. Promotion does not include the cost of non-standard accessories or shipping and handling and will only be available while supplies last.

 

Forbes | Ebola In America: One Hospital Just Treated Three Ebola Patients — And Already Cured Two Of Them

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Ebola is now in America. The CDC on Tuesday confirmed that a Texas hospital is treating the first case of Ebola ever diagnosed in the United States.

But Ebola actually arrived on U.S. soil almost two months ago. That was when Emory Healthcare leaders decided — in a much-scrutinized move — to fly in a pair of missionaries who’d gotten ill treating Ebola patients in Africa.

Read the full Forbes article click here.

By Dan Diamond

USDA ARS 3nd International Biosafety and Biocontainment Symposium

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USDA ARS 3nd International Biosafety and Biocontainment Symposium

ABSA will be the managing partner of the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) 3nd International Biosafety & Biocontainment Symposium. The Symposium will be held February 2-5, 2015, in Baltimore, Maryland at the Hilton Baltimore. The Symposium will include pre-symposium courses and 2½ days of scientific presentations. New in 2015 will be a poster reception, where presenters will display and discuss their posters, a call for posters will go out shortly. There will be exhibits showcasing the latest biosafety and biocontainment products and services. You can view the program and register here.