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Biosecurity Self-scan Toolkit

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Personnel reliability

Have staff positions that grant access to the spaces containing biological agents been earmarked as positions of confidentiality? This refers to personnel working with biological material and those who have access to the spaces containing such material. This also applies to cleaning personnel and those providing technical support.
Do you have an overview available of the positions of confidentiality within the organisation that require, for example, a Certificate of Good Conduct? Criteria for positions of confidentiality are: access to certain agents, information and/or knowledge. In the Netherlands, a Certificate of Good Conduct can be obtained from the municipal council in the applicant's place of residence. The applicant must apply for such a certificate.
Do you have a screening process for job applicants from so-called high-risk countries? Countries are considered to be ‘high risk' if they recently have drawn specific attention, for example, due to unrest.
Is the work in a BSL-3 or BSL-4 laboratory always carried out by a minimum of two people at any one time? Working in pairs (or more) has the advantage that people are able to monitor each other, making them less vulnerable.
Are temporary and new personnel and subcontractors with access to BSL-3 or BSL-4 laboratories under constant supervision? Temporary personnel are people hired for a few months only, such as during internship.
Do you have an up-to-date list available of personnel with authorised access to biological agents? With such a list, there is always a recent record at hand of people with authorised access to certain spaces. In case of a calamity, it is easy to determine who has been in a particular space.
Do you have a system or procedure in place for personnel to report or register unusual behaviour in co-workers? Unusual behaviour is behaviour that is inconsistent with that expected of a particular person.