Laboratory Safety in a Flow Cytometry Shared Resource Lab
This is the fourth of seven webinars in our SRL Best Practices Series
Joanne Lannigan, M.S.
Director, Flow Cytometry Core Facility
University of Virginia School of Medicine
Dr. Desiree Kunkel
Head of BCRT Flow Cytometry Lab
Berlin-Brandenburg Center for
About the Presenters
Joanne Lannigan has been actively involved in Flow Cytometry for over 30 years, where she has worked in clinical, industry and academic flow cytometry laboratories. She is currently the Director of the Flow Cytometry Core Facility in the School of Medicine at the University of Virginia. She has been an active member of ISAC since 1996 and served as an ISAC Council Member from 2012-2016, Chair of the Shared Resource Laboratory Task Force from 2014-2016, a member of the Shared Resource Laboratory Services Oversight Committee from 2014-2016 and Vice Chair of the Certification Advisory Committee from 2014-2016. She currently is the Chair of the SRL Content Task Force of the Education Committee as well as a member of the Cytometry Board of Certification Committee through ASCP. Ms. Lannigan’s current interests involve advancing technologies in cytometry, small particle analysis by flow cytometry, instrument evaluation and quality assurance, flow cytometry education and core management.
Dr. Kunkel has a Ph.D. in Immunology and did research for six years in the field of HIV/SIV-Immunology. Flow Cytometry has been the major technology for her research and she took the opportunity to use her experience to become a full time flow cytometrist. Since 2009, she has been the head of the BCRT Flow Cytometry Lab. With her help, this lab was established from scratch and has since grown to a busy shared resource lab located at the Charite-Campus Virchow Klinikum in Berlin. Her responsibilities include the development of quality assurance procedures and user training to ensure good data quality and reproducibility of results. Desiree was part of the ISAC SRL Task Force and is a member of the Advisory Board of the German Society for Cytometry.
The importance of adequate safety practices within an SRL is critical to the overall function of such facilities. Working in a “shared” environment, in which a large variety of biological samples are introduced, requires a reasonable set of “best practices” to ensure the safety of everyone who accesses the shared facility. The best practices presented here represent what should be minimally present to provide a safe working environment.
Upon completion of this webinar, participants should be able to:
- Describe the minimal practices for insuring a safe laboratory environment in a shared resource core lab
- Assess the potential biosafety risks in an SRL or core lab
- Develop a plan to minimize the exposure of staff and users to potential hazards
- Consider the factors of the lab physical environment which are consistent with a safe work place
- Recognize the importance of administrative factors in the assurance of a safe work environment
Who Should Attend
Directors, managers and staff of shared resource or core facilities
- describe the minimal practices for insuring a safe laboratory environment in a SRL or core lab
- implement the activities involved in assessing the potential biosafety risks in a SRL or core lab
- develop a plan to minimize the exposure of staff and users to potential hazards
- consider the factors of the lab physical environment which are consistent with a safe work place
- recognize the importance of administrative factors in the assurance of a safe work environment