LabTrainingVR: Biosafety Cabinet Edition

Virtual Reality
LabTrainingVR: Biosafety Cabinet Edition
Description

This course enables learners to apply knowledge and practice setting up a biosafety cabinet (also known as a biological safety cabinet, or BSC) in a virtual laboratory. Future updates to this course will allow learners to go beyond setup to practice additional skills. Step into a virtual laboratory and learn how to work safely in the first-ever Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) virtual reality (VR) laboratory training course.

This course is developed for laboratory professionals and supplements the existing CDC eLearning course on the same topic.

Objectives

After completing this course, learners will be able to:

  • Identify the major parts of a Class II BSC
  • Demonstrate how to maintain positive airflow within a BSC
  • Demonstrate how to prepare for work in a BSC
Coming Soon

Future updates to this course will include the following objectives:

  • Apply safe-work practices in BSC
  • Demonstrate how to decontaminate and shutdown a BSC
  • Conduct emergency shutdown procedures
Background

Biological Safety Cabinets (BSCs) are enclosed, ventilated workspaces designed for safely working with pathogens, contaminants, and other potentially hazardous materials. A BSC is a primary engineering control used to keep laboratory professionals safe by providing a physical barrier and an environmental barrier against biohazardous or infectious agents. The BSC helps maintain quality control of the material being worked with as it filters both the inflow and exhaust air.

CDC chose biosafety cabinets as its first VR training topic because the proper use of a BSC is a critical laboratory safety issue. The misuse of BSCs has contributed to laboratory safety incidents across the country and internationally. Also, the current BSC eLearning course has a consistently high participation rate and has received positive feedback from learners. With VR technology added to the existing eLearning course, learners can be trained on how to use a BSC properly without exposure to pathogens or risk of accidental infection or accidental release.

VR Note

This VR course requires a play area of at least 3ft x 3ft, but ideally a larger 20ft x 20ft space to make the experience feel more accurate and real.  This VR course also requires a play area with 360° tracking. Currently, this course is designed to work ONLY on the HTC Vive VR platform. In addition to having the appropriate VR hardware, a learner’s computer must meet the following specifications:

MINIMUM:

OS: Windows 8.1 or later, Windows 10

Processor: CPU: Intel i5-4590, AMD FX 8350 equivalent or better

Memory: 8 GB RAM

Graphics: GTX 1060/970, R9 290 equivalent or better

DirectX: Version 11

Storage: 20 GB available space

Sound Card: N/A

Additional Notes: SSD Or Cache-Assisted HDD REQUIRED, Windows Virtual Memory MUST be enabled (16gb recommended)

RECOMMENDED:

OS: Windows 8.1 or later, Windows 10

Processor: CPU: Intel i5-6600 or better

Memory: 16 GB RAM

Graphics: GTX 1080/980TI, Radeon RX Vega 4GB or better

DirectX: Version 11

Storage: 20 GB available space

Sound Card: N/A

Additional Notes: Internal SSD HIGHLY Recommended, Windows Virtual Memory MUST be enabled (16gb recommended)

Video Preview

Available on both CDC TRAIN and STEAM platforms, this 30-45 minute VR laboratory course trains learners on how to properly set up a biosafety cabinet in a Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) environment.

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LabTrainingVR: Biosafety Cabinet Edition
LabTrainingVR: Biosafety Cabinet Edition
LabTrainingVR: Biosafety Cabinet Edition
LabTrainingVR: Biosafety Cabinet Edition
LabTrainingVR: Biosafety Cabinet Edition
LabTrainingVR: Biosafety Cabinet Edition
LabTrainingVR: Biosafety Cabinet Edition
Details

Duration
30-45 minutes

Skill Level
Beginner

Audience
This course is designed for public health and clinical laboratory staff, safety professionals, and persons interested in the safe use of biological safety cabinets.

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Page last reviewed: August 4, 2020