November 1, 2010 (Vol. 30, No. 19)
Strong Points: Great career section, some training tools available to the public
Weak Points: Much of the content is members only
Who doesn’t love a good laboratory safety-training course? (Personally, I eagerly count down to my renewal course each year.) Well, although it may sometimes be painful to attend an actual class, perhaps you’ll find that online resources that you can browse at your own pace may be more palatable. The society website for the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) provides links to such tools under its “training tools” section, including PowerPoint presentations for general biosafety and videos demonstrating animal biosafety. While much of the content on the site is restricted to association members, the general public does have access to a number of “Applied Biosafety” journal articles as well as the directory of job listings. If you’ve never considered a career in biosafety (or were even unaware that there were such career opportunities), the “career” section of the website provides a great introduction.