ABSA 2020 PDC #10: Biorisk Communications: Tailoring Information for Diverse Institutional Stakeholders
Risk communications are an essential element of the risk assessment and risk management cycle. The objectives of biorisk communications are to engage stakeholders in a 2-way flow of information that facilitates active listening as well as messaging; empower decision-making by providing stakeholders with contextual information on risks, resources, and options for action; and evaluate the impact of biorisk awareness-building and training strategies to identify potential areas for improvement. This course is aimed at helping biosafety/biosecurity professionals and researchers understand the principles of risk communications and how they can be used to strengthen institutional biorisk management programs. Through case studies, interactive discussions, and dynamic brainstorming activities, participants will develop key messages and an action plan for tiering appropriate biorisk messages to institutional stakeholders (e.g., senior decision makers, safety and health officials, senior investigators, laboratory professionals, participants and other trainees, and support staff), and evaluating the impact of biorisk communications on individual and institutional behaviors.