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2020 Workshop Information

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In response to the current COVID-19 situation, the decision has been made to move the 2020 Biosafety Workshops to an online format. 

It is our intention to deliver the presentations as individual webinars at a later date.  The on-line format will allow for more participation, convenience of attendance time and will include CEs for state licensure.  More information will be posted as the plans are finalized.  



  NEW!  In response to the current COVID-19 situation, the decision has been made to cacnel the JUNE Rule Out or Refer workshop dates.  


Course Description

This intermediate-level workshop focuses on practical methods that clinical microbiology laboratories can use to remain alert for the agents of bioterrorism. 

Participants will learn about surveillance and evaluation procedures that can be integrated into the routine work of the clinical microbiology lab. Procedures for the referral of suspect cases will also be discussed. 

In this hands-on course, following appropriate safety precautions, participants will examine actual cultures and organisms in a laboratory setting. 

Course Objectives

  • Discuss the role of the clinical lab in discovering organisms targeted for use in acts of bioterrorism.
  • Explain the safety implications of handling suspected organisms in clinical specimens and isolates.
  • Describe the clinical and laboratory features of the primary agents likely to be involved in a bioterrorist     event, including anthrax, plague, botulism, tularemia, brucellosis, melioidosis and glanders. 
  • Recognize culture, staining and biochemical characteristics of bioterrorist organisms.
  • Apply information presented in clinical scenarios in order to avoid identification pitfalls.
  •  Introduction to select agent regulations and their impact on clinical laboratories.


Medical Laboratory Scientists and Medical Laboratory Technicians working in microbiology laboratories in Tennessee. 

Limited seats available for each date. Application does not guarantee acceptance. Participants will be selected based on  the applicants’ job description, experience and responsibilities.


Nashville, TN

Additional Information

Lunch Provided
Lodging and Travel Expenses are not covered.
CE credit for TN Laboratory Licensure Renewal will be provided


Course Description

This workshop will assist participants in maintaining compliance with regulations associated with transport of Division 6.2 infectious substances.

 Course Objectives

  • Develop a general awareness and demonstrate understanding of the requirements outlined in hazardous material regulations related to the shipment of infectious materials
  • Recognize employer responsibilities and employee training requirements
  • Apply regulations and requirements to include: Identification and classification of infectious materials
  • Packaging, marking, and labeling of Category A and Category B specimens
  • Documentation
  • Recognize packaging requirements for Dry Ice & Preservatives when shipped in combination with infectious materials


Laboratory personnel involved with the classification and shipment of Category A and/or Category B infectious substances working in clinical laboratories in Tennessee.

 Additional Information

This course meets the Department of Transportation training requirements (49 CFR § 172.704) upon successful completion of the course post-test and documentation of employer provided Safety and Security Training.

Employers are responsible for Certification of employees.  Employers must evaluate course content related to employee’s job responsibilities.  Supplemental training may be required for function-specific duties not covered in this course.




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Continuing Education for Laboratorians

The links to continuing education opportunities listed here are representative of a wide variety of offerings now available on the Internet. The TDH Division of Laboratory Services is underwrite the use of any of these sites. You will find that some are very easy to use and free, while others are hard to use and may have a charge attached. As with any use of the Internet, caution should be used in all activities. The links in this list are all active as of 07/16/2019.