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Biosecurity awareness

Working with high-risk pathogens, high-risk material, and sensitive material1] entails various risks. Employees should be aware of these risks and the corresponding control measures that can be taken. This enables employees to help identify risks, remain vigilant and adhere to the rules. Employees with biosecurity awareness can assess potential dual-use risks, recognise abnormal situations and hold colleagues accountable for their behaviour.

This biosecurity pillar of good practice provides insight into:

  • The extent to which employees are aware of the eight biosecurity pillars of good practice.
  • The possibilities to bring these biosecurity pillars of good practice to the attention of the employees.
  • The importance of coherence between these biosecurity pillars of good practice.

[1]In the Netherlands, high-risk pathogens are human and animal pathogens categorised as Biosafety level 3 or 4, and plant pathogens listed as Quarantine organisms. By high-risk materials we refer to materials in which high-risk pathogens are present, for example: plant, animal or human tissues, or samples of environmental matrices (air, water and soil). Scientific articles, protocols, data, data carriers, or other materials containing information on high-risk pathogens, with a possible dual-use application, are referred to as sensitive material.