The Southeastern Biological Safety Association (SEBSA) is a not-for-profit, multi-disciplinary professional organization founded in 1999 for the purpose of promoting the principles of Biological Safety.

SEBSA was founded to provide a professional forum for dissemination of information between individuals in this and related fields; to inform the public about the value of biological agents in research and health care, and the role they play in disease as well as in the improvement of the quality of life; to identify new biologically hazardous a

gents and to determine guidelines for their safe use; to promote the recognition of Biosafety as a scientific discipline.

SEBSA provides a regional forum for members to interact and share information on biosafety subjects, such as new guidelines or current concerns with newly recognized agents and with new uses for new agents.

A day long symposium, hosted by a member, is held in the spring.

Many SEBSA members are also members of the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA); our associations have mutual goals. In order to encourage maximum regional participation, SEBSA membership does not require membership in ABSA.

 SEBSA HISTORY

In November of 1999, Mr. Russ Sharpe of ENV Services, Inc. set plans in motion to form a regional affiliate of the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA). An organizational meeting occurred and the Membership, Steering, and Bylaws Committees were formed. Dr. David Taylor of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta assumed the leadership responsibility of drafting the Association’s Bylaws.

At the 1999, CDC Biosafety Symposium in Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Sharpe announced the formation of a regional ABSA affiliate.  Thirty-two people attended the first meeting, and Ms. Lynn Harding, Mr. Lee Alderman, and Mr. Frank Beadle served as the Nomination Committee.  And the rest is history….

SEBSA has registered members from Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida. These growing cast of members consist of individuals in such professions as:

  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Biosafety Containment Design
  • Waste Management
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Education and Research

In 2014, SEBSA held a terrifically successful Spring Symposium at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. With 43 attendees, the event started after lunch on Thursday, May 1st and ended on Friday before lunch on May 2nd. Dinner was coordinated locally Thursday evening. The event boasted 7 speakers including Vanderbilt’s own Dr. James Crowe who gave a fascinating talk, delivered with biosafety humor, on the RG 3&4 infectious agents he studies through the use of antibodies from previously infected patients. We were honored to have Dr. Caryl Griffin as our keynote speaker, reminding us were are all Safer Together! Tours were provided of lab spaces at Vanderbilt University to round out a fabulously balanced event.