BSO Biosafety level 2 (BSL2b) - Course for Biosafety Officers (BSO)

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

BSO Biosafety level 2 (BSL2b) - 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).


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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)

  • Basics in biosafety
  • Waste Management
  • Safe working with biorisks
  • Biological hazards and LAI, Containment principles
  • Laboratory design and technical equipment
  • Laboratory- and safety equipment
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Risk assessment and risk management
  • Packing, sending, transport, import and export of biological agents
  • Hygiene, disinfection, decontamination, sterilisation
  • Biosafety training
  • Discussion, Questions, Evaluation

Felix Gmünder
Universität Bern, Institut für Infektionskrankheiten, Monika Gsell-Albert
Bundesamt für Umwelt BAFU, Andrea Johner
b-safe GmbH, Urs Pauli
Universität Bern, Institut für Infektionskrankheiten, Kathrin Summermatter
Kanton Zürich Baudirektion AWEL, Katja Zerbe
microbics GmbH, Jasmine Portmann
microbics GmbH, Rahel Ackermann
EPFL VPO-SE OHS, Eleonora Simeoni
Basler & Hofmann AG, Gesche Bernhard

Number of pariticipants

  • Course is limited to 40 participants


  • CHF 1600
  • The price includes course documentation, refreshments during breaks and lunch.
  • 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.


  • Participants will receive a certificate of attendance from sanu at the end of the course.

Registration deadline

  • 3 weeks before the start of the course
  • Due to the limited number of participants, registrations will be considered in the order in which they are received. 
  • Participants will receive confirmation, further information about the course and the invoice no later than two weeks before the start of the course.


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