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20EL-576 On-Demand eCast: ​How to Get Away with Murder (of Microorganisms): A Guide to Laboratory Disinfection

Expiration Date: Sep 16, 2023

Credits: None available.


Please note: AABB reserves the right to make updates to this program.

Live Program Date: Thursday, September 17, 2020
Program Number: 20EL-576

Educational Track: Technical/Clinical
Topic: Cellular Therapies
Intended Audience: Hospital Blood Banks, Laboratory Staff, Managers/Supervisors, Research Scientists, Scientists, Technologists
Teaching Level: Basic to Intermediate

(titles and affiliations at the time of the live program)
Director/Moderator: Matthew J. Wilgo, Cell Biology Scientist, New England Cord Blood Bank, Marlborough, MA
Speaker: Jim Polarine, Jr., MA, Senior Technical Service Manager, STERIS Corporation, St. Louis, MO

Learning Objectives

After participating in this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the difference between sanitization, disinfection, and sterilization.
  • Discuss the differences between common disinfection choices.
  • Perform a basic disinfection qualification.
  • Implement a more robust disinfection quality program.

Program Description

Any scientific laboratory should be clean, but biological laboratories need to more than just ‘clean’, they need to be free of most, if not all, microorganisms. For BL1 or BL2 laboratories working with human cells or tissues a single bacteria, spore, virus, or fungi can be disastrous from the process at hand. Developing a robust program to minimize the risk of infectious agents in a laboratory can pose a number of challenges. While every lab will have its own unique requirements, from a lab bench, to a biosafety cabinet, to a clean room; each will have some commonalities. This eCast will help new and established laboratory staff make informed decisions on how to best disinfect their laboratory. It’s important to understand the terminology uses in the field, the types of disinfectants available, and how to use them correctly. By applying the knowledge from this program, a lab should be able to more effectively drive their risk of infectious agents closer to zero. In short, you will be better able to murder bacteria, viruses, fungi threatening your operation... and get away with it.

How to Claim CE Credit

  • Single Viewers: if you registered as a single viewer, complete the evaluation found on the "CE Information" tab after watching the video. By submitting the evaluation, you are attesting to watching the presentation in its entirety.
  • Group Viewers: This is applicable for groups/facilities that purchased Group Viewing access for this program (registration will be verified prior to processing a group viewing attendance log). Group Viewing Coordinators should submit the attendance log to within 72 hours of the completion/viewing date. Once AABB receives an attendance log, each participant on the attendance log will be granted access as a single viewer to this program and will be required to complete the evaluation in order to claim continuing education credit. Each participant will be required to have an AABB account in order to access this program/platform. If a participant does not have an account, he/she can create one using the same email address provided on the attendance log.

Please contact the presenter directly at:

Jim Polarine, Jr., MA.
Senior Technical Service Manager
STERIS Corporation | Life Sciences Marketing
Direct: 314-290-4793

Director & Moderator(s):



  • 1.00 - General Continuing Education (GEN)
  • 1.00 - Florida Lab Personnel (FLP)
  • 1.00 - California Lab Personnel (CLP)

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