4. Risks of Deferred Maintenance in High-Containment Facilities

February 11, 2019
8:00 am  -  12:00 pm

Miguel Grimaldo, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
John Henneman, MS, RBP, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

Many biocontainment research facilities have limitations with funding and budgets for maintenance which are often the first to be cut. Sometimes, necessary maintenance needs are postponed or not done at all. This course will discuss ways to sustain maintenance to avoid running equipment to a failure point, options and lessons learned in prioritizing what equipment to fix first, and examples of how value engineering can come back to haunt you. Long-term planning can be a challenge without fixed budget allocations. Information on defining and starting a maintenance plan will be shared, along with suggestions for creating a culture of responsibility and ownership for the maintenance staff. Discussions will include options to consider when creating priorities, knowing the critical equipment, estimating some type of budget, and establishing a facility risk assessment to maintain safe operations.


  • Describe the consequences of postponing critical maintenance
  • Identify the basic steps in forming a maintenance plan
  • Define the critical equipment for your facility

Suggested Background: None

Target Audience: Biosafety Professionals, Facility Managers, Facility Engineers

Audience Level: Basic

Session Category :  2019  Monday  Professional Development Courses