Chandigarh June 7, 2019 : Department of Biotechnology, Panjab University, Chandigarh organised the 11th five days workshop from 3rd to 7th June on “Fundamentals of Biorisk Management” in
collaboration with Sandia National Laboratories with support from the U.S Department
of States which concluded, here today.
According to Prof. Neena Capalash, workshop organizer, the main purpose of the
workshop was to enable the participants to understand laboratory biosafety and
biosecurity issues associated with pathogens and other biological materials used in
the research laboratories and clinical setups.
During the five days, the participants were oriented to the subject of risks associated
while working with disease-causing bacteria specially the drug-resistant pathogens
which need to be handled with care and have to be disposed of off carefully to reduce the
risk of spreading them into the environment. Use of personal protection equipment,
biohazardous waste disposal and incident management were also covered.
This type of workshops are very important when multiple drug resistance in pathogens
have become a major challenge to control microbial infections. Trained faculty and
researchers would act as ambassadors of this cause to further create awareness at
their institutions to reduce occupational hazards.
The workshop was attended by faculty from Panjab University, local colleges and the
research scholars working in the area of Biological Sciences. Microbiologists from medical colleges from Aurangabad, Karnataka and faculty from Rajasthan and Jammu