The Philippine Association of Medical Technologists, Inc. (PAMET) Bulacan Chapter in cooperation with the BioRisk Association of the Philippines, Inc. (2015) (BRAP) has recently concluded the Writeshop on Laboratory Biosafety Manual last August 4 in Malolos, and August 5, 2018 in Pulilan, Bulacan. Massive hat-tip to PAMET Bulacan Chapter officers for being thoughtful and considerate, conducting the same event in two different strategic locations to bring the workshop closer to their members.
Rumor has it that the Department of Health (DOH) has already started looking for the laboratory biosafety manuals in a few laboratory in the country, proven true by some Bulakeños. While the laboratory biosafety manual is not (yet) a
requirement from the DOH, “it is better to have one and not need it, rather than need one and not have it at all” as what Dr. Miguel Martin N. Moreno, BRAP Founding President and guest lecturer, would like to say.
An estimate of more than 80 participants for both locations attended the writeshop, others hailing from neighboring places like Manila, Pampanga, Tarlac and all the way from Batangas.
Dr. Moreno opened the writeshop with a lecture about plagiarism, in which he showed how not to commit plagiarism by following a technique that Dr. Moreno coined— the strategy of Quote, Paraphase or Summarize aka. “QPS”.
After this lecture about plagiarism, he delivered a review on basic biosafety, biosecurity and biorisk management, which should also be included in laboratory biosafety manual. Moreover, and on to the gist of the writeshop, he taught the would be authors of their laboratory biosafety manuals how to write policy, standards, guidelines and standard operating procedures (SOPs) or work instructions. These last two lectures were the chunk of the laboratory manual, so Dr. Moreno made sure the participants understood by having group activities in between topics to help them familiarize themselves in writing
their own laboratory biosafety manual for their institution.
To make it more easier for them start writing their manuals, he gave a sample of a table of contents of a laboratory biosafety manual that can serve as their template and guide.
Last but not the least, Dr. Moreno taught the participants proper referencing using the APA and how important it is to properly cite references to avoid plagiarism.
BRAP would like to thank PAMET Bulacan Chapter, led by Prof. Edison Ramos, for partnering with BRAP to hold this writeshop. BRAP would also like to thank the PAMET Bulacan Chapter officers for helping encourage their members to join BRAP and become a member. This helped BRAP reach its 400th members to date! We are really grateful to all of you!
Note: Photos courtesy of Dr. Miguel Martin N. Moreno and Mr. Edison Ramos.