The distinction between biosafety and biosecurity is important for facilities that handle and store infectious biological materials. Since the anthrax attacks of 2001 in the United States, biosecurity has been regarded as a more serious issue in Canada, and throughout the world. However, as is explored in the first course of the Pathogen Security Program, biosecurity has been an issue for a much longer time. This second course presents information about biosecurity risk classification and the risk analysis process.
At the end of this course, learners will be able to recognize the risk and threat analysis process for the potential misuse of pathogens and toxins; identify the critical components of a biological and biosafety risk assessment as well as the required information and where it can be obtained; state the key risk mitigation control measures currently used in laboratories and their advantages and disadvantages; and, discuss the inherent risks of certain microorganisms and toxins with respect to biosecurity.