BSO Biosafety level 3 BSL3 - Course for Biosafety Officers (BSO)

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

BSO Biosafety level 3 BSL3 - 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).

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)

  • Definition of RG 3
  • Risk groups 2, 3** and 3
  • Safety levels
  • Risk assessment
  • Animal biosafety issues: Hazards associated with animal work 
  • Housing and caging systems 
  • PPE: Basics 
  • Differences to level 2
  • Respiratory protection 
  • Hand protection 
  • Body protection 
  • Mask fit test 
  • PPE exercise
  • Safety equipment: Biosafety cabinets 
  • Centrifuges 
  • Other safety relevant equipment 
  • Test and validation of biosafety cabinet 
  • Barrier principles: Primary barrier- Secondary barrier- Tertiary barrier
  • Architecture, Facility design 
  • Maintenance and repair: Building
  • HVAC 
  • Air locks, showers 
  • Material and personal flow 
  • Waste water treatment systems 
  • Design of a level 3 lab
  • Biorisk management 
  • Training
  • Internal audits 
  • Safety culture 
  • Inspections 
  • Ordinance on major accidents 
  • Decontamination, inactivation and waste management: Chemical, physical methods 
  • Fumigation systems for laboratories and BSC 
  • Validation of inactivation 
  • Waste disposal systems 
  • Emergency procedures
  • Contingency planning
  • Emergencey Exercise 
  • Biosecurity
  • Evaluation

Bacthera, Daniel Kümin
Universität Bern, Institut für Infektionskrankheiten, Monika Gsell-Albert
Universität Bern, Institut für Infektionskrankheiten, Kathrin Summermatter
Felix Gmünder
EPFL VPO-SE OHS, Eleonora Simeoni
Bundesamt für Bevölkerungsschutz BABS, Labor Spiez, Benjamin Weber

Number of participants

  • Course is limited to 10 participants


  • CHF 2800
  • 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.


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

Registration deadline

  • Three 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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