"Anthology of Biosafety XIV: Sustainability"

American Biological Safety Association (ABSA), March 2015
Mark Fitzgerald

Biosafety shouldn't be "one size fits all."

Mark Fitzgerald, principal laboratory planner at HDR, co-authored Chapter 4 of this anthology by the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA). The chapter, "Small, Medium, Large, Extra-Large: Sustainable Biosafety & Biosecurity Solutions," is based on a presentation given by Mark at ABSA's 55th Annual Biological Safety Conference. Microbiological laboratories around the world are not "one size fits all." Therefore, biosafety strategies in these laboratories should be tailored to respond appropriately to specific regional considerations.

About the Book

ABSA's latest book, Anthology XIV: Sustainability helps us to better understand how we can create facilities that are more efficient with strategies such as reducing the energy requirements for effective autoclaves, biological safety cabinets, and animal facilities. With sustainability comes commitment for investing in the future, and this Anthology XIV will continue to provide current and forward-thinking information to aid the biosafety community achieve its goals. If we rethink why we have built the "bigger and supposedly better" laboratories to meet these biosafety needs, perhaps we can find ways to simplify, to achieve the same end result without extreme reliance on energy consumption.