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BIOCONTAINMENT CONSULTING SERVICES

Moses & Associates, Inc. (M&A) offers various Biocontainment consulting and recertification services for BSL-3 and ABSL-3 facility types. Laboratory recertification is an effective method to maintain your facility’s compliance. The infrastructure and engineering controls are thoroughly tested to confirm that the laboratory remains in compliance with CDC/NIH/USDA/WHO guidelines and regulations. Containment lab recertification upholds quality assurance at your facility and sustains a safe environment. M&A has adopted the new ANSI/ASSE Z9.14 Standard which establishes the new standard for performance verification of BSL-3/ABSL-3 facilities.

M&A and its staff have been designing, commissioning and recertifying Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) facilities for more than 10 years. Our extensive vast experience enables us to identify complex problems and establish cost-effective solutions. We understand the unique requirements associated with biocontainment laboratories and are able to recommend simple solutions to problems discovered during initial system verification. In some cases the solution may be as simple as adopting new Standard Operating Procedures to bridge the gap when facilities don’t offer the best or safest biosafety features. In other cases the solution may include reworking the control system or other elements of the HVAC system. Our dedicated team will work with the local health and safety agents and oversight agencies to ensure the safest and most reliable BSL-3 facility possible.

Our testing practice and procedures follow the BMBL 5th Edition and NIH testing guidelines, the standards by which most all of the oversight agencies reference. M&A can help with agency testing compliance, improvements to system reliability, efficiency improvements and improvements to the safety of these critical spaces. With more than 10 years of experience designing and commissioning Biosafety Level 2 & 3 facilities, M&A brings the knowledge to ensure the safest facility possible. Whether you are designing a new facility, renovating an existing space or re-certifying an existing space, M&A can help.

We bring the expertise needed to test all aspects of the mechanical, electrical, and control system that are critical to space containment management. All aspects of the system are tested with an emphasis on failure scenarios common to these types of systems.

Some common issues we typically encounter in these types of facilities include:

  • Inability to achieve the BMBL requirement of “no reversal of airflow” in BSL-3 labs 
  • Ineffective or inaccurate building control system sequences
  • Less than optimal conditions for gaseous decontamination
  • Poor envelope integrity
  • Overcomplicated control systems that often fail or lack the ability to recover from failure events 
  • Ventilation, temperature and humidity control issues
  • Sensor calibration issues
  • Poor planning with regard to adjacent systems (non BSL-3 systems)

We provide all the required certified test equipment and can usually complete most tasks with in house staff. In some cases, specialists in the area of lab planning and biological containment protocols are brought in to supplement our capabilities. In all cases, M&A serves as the lead consultant. This ensures a single point of contact, consistent reporting and the most cost effective approach. We bring both the engineering knowledge and the hands on “in the trench” experience needed to make these types of facilities function as safely as possible and as efficiently as possible.

Some of our past clients include: 

  •          The University of Florida
  •           The University of Central Florida
  •           The University of South Florida
  •           The University of Miami
  •           The Florida Department of Health
  •           Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute
  •           National Institutes of Health