BSO Biosafety level 1 BSL1 - Course for Biosafety Officers (BSO)

Curriculum Biosafety - An initiative of the FOEN, the FOPH, the SUVA and the SECB

BSO Biosafety level 1 BSL1 - Course for Biosafety Officers (BSO)

The demands on the BSO are high: they are the contact person for all questions of biosafety internally vis-à-vis colleagues and the management and externally vis-à-vis the authorities. BSOs ideally have a higher professional education, if possible with a university degree, comprehensive laboratory experience and knowledge of all biosafety issues. They have negotiating skills and assertiveness.

Biosafety has the purpose of protecting humans and the environment through the handling of genetically modified, pathogenic or alien organisms. 

Since 1999, the Containment Ordinance and the Ordinance on the Protection of Workers against Risks from Microorganisms have regulated the handling of organisms, in particular genetically modified and pathogenic organisms. These ordinances require, among other things, that a person responsible for biological safety be designated for such activities, the so-called Biosafety Officer (BSO).

The BSL1 course is designed for BSOs of laboratories with safety level 1. BSOs of laboratories with security level 2 can directly follow the BSL2 course. The courses do not build on each other, but overlap.

Course language

  • English 

Taking into account the respective safety level, the organisms used and the technical equipment, a biosafety officer (BSO) is responsible for drawing up an operational concept for the biological safety laboratory based on the legal foundations, in cooperation with the bodies involved. He/she is responsible for information, awareness raising, further training and advice on biological safety for the staff working on the premises.

  • Future or active Biosafety Officers (BSO)

  • The players in the Swiss biosafety law and their responsibilities
  • Resources for information
  • Goals of biosafety
  • Transmission pathways
  • Laboratory acquired infections (LAI) / aerosols 
  • (Background on) Risk groups with examples
  • Risk assessment
  • Safety levels
  • Case studies
  • Safe working, hand hygiene
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Laboratory instruments
  • Biosafety cabinets
  • Inactivation procedures
  • Chemical disinfection
  • Transport
  • Safety concept
  • Spill

Bundesamt für Umwelt BAFU, Bernadette Guenot
AWEL Amt für Wasser, Energie und Luft, Markus Obrist
b-safe GmbH, Urs Pauli

Number of participants

  • Course is limited to 40 participants


  • CHF 550
  • The price includes course documentation and refreshments during breaks.
  • Networking and exchange of experiences during breaks and lunch are important for the learning process, therefore they are organized by sanu and are part of the course.


  • At the end of the course you will receive a certificate of participation.

Registration deadline

  • 3 weeks before the course starts
  • Due to the limited number of participants, registrations will be considered in the order in which they are received. 
  • At the latest two weeks before the course starts, you will receive a confirmation, further information about the course and the invoice.


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