Singapore, like any other country, has to be prepared for anything, including pandemics like H5N1 and Ebola. These horrific diseases have brought about a standardized biosafety training programme. This programme will help improve Singapore’s ability to tackle if any such crisis occurs. This programme is targeted to and setup for biomedical and life science industries. Consisting of three tiers, the Biosafety Training Structure will map out skills gaps and progression pathways for the industry, which had previously been carrying out disparate biosafety training programmes.
- Under the basic programme, biomedical or healthcare workers will go through an orientation course on the safe handling of bio-hazardous materials in laboratories.
- The second level, the Biosafety Professional Programme, addresses the skill requirements for workers looking to move up the ranks as biosafety coordinators and biosafety officers. Both level 1 and 2 are tied to the Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications System (WSQ).
- The third level of the training programme caters to experienced workers, who will attend professional workshops and conferences.
An industry-recognised certification for workers who have completed a WSQ module on biosafety practices at work, called Biosafety Passport, was also launched recently. Such initiatives would assure that the workers have a basic level of training to face pandemics.