How to Get Away with Murder (of Microorganisms): A Guide to Laboratory Disinfection

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

Thursday, September 17, 2020
2:00 – 3:00 PM (ET) 7:00 – 8:00 PM (GMT)
Master Program Number: 20EL-576 (see program format numbers below under Registration)

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

Director/Moderator: Matthew J. Wilgo, Cell Biology Scientist, New England Cord Blood Bank, Marlborough, MA
Speakers: Matthew J. Wilgo, Cell Biology Scientist, New England Cord Blood Bank, Marlborough, MA; Jim Polarine, 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.


AABB understands the value of learning together as a group but with COVID-19, bringing everyone together to share the experience in person may not be an option for your team. Given this, all participants in a group will be provided the ability to register as a single viewer (AABB will provide a promocode to registered group viewing coordinators to share with their team in advance of the live program). If you are a group interested in participating in this eCast, simply complete the Group Viewing registration form and AABB will provide detailed instructions to share with your team. For single viewers, the process has not changed.

Please note: registration for the single viewer live eCast will close 1 hour prior to the eCast start time.

   Program #
Single Viewer: Live Register20EL-576-2070
Single Viewer: On-Demand Register20EL-576-4070
Group Viewing: Live Register20EL-576-6070
Group Viewing: On-Demand Register20EL-576-8070
Group Viewing: Live & On-Demand Register20EL-576-9970

Continuing Education Credit

AABB estimates both the live and on-demand version of this eCast each to be eligible for 1 continuing education credits/contact hours for California Nurse, California Lab Personnel, Florida Lab Personnel and General Participation credit. The final number of credit(s) and credit types awarded for this program (live or on-demand) will be determined by the program duration. Please note this program is not eligible for continuing medical education (CME) credit for physicians. For more information on each credit type please visit our Continuing Education Credits webpage.

Disclosures for the planners of this event can be found here. Disclosures for the program faculty are provided at the beginning of the program.

Speaker Biography

Jim Polarine Mr. Polarine is a senior technical service manager at STERIS Corporation. He has been with STERIS Corporation for twenty years. His current technical focus is microbial control in cleanrooms and other critical environments. Mr. Polarine is a 2019 PDA Michael S. Korczynski Award recipient. He has lectured in North America, Europe, Middle East, Asia, and Latin America on issues related to cleaning and disinfection, microbial control in cleanrooms and validation of disinfectants. Mr. Polarine is a frequent industry speaker and published several PDA book chapters and articles related to cleaning and disinfection and contamination control. He is active as co-chair on the PDA’s microbial investigations task force. He was a co-author on PDA’s Technical Report #70 on Cleaning and Disinfection. Mr. Polarine teaches industry regulators as well as the pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device industries at the PDA and the University of Tennessee. Mr. Polarine currently teaches the cleaning and disinfection course as part of the PDA Aseptic Processing Course and at the University of Tennessee Parenteral Medications Course. Mr. Polarine is current President for the PDA Missouri Valley Chapter and Technical Coordinator for the IEST. Mr. Polarine graduated from the University of Illinois with a Master of Arts in Biology. He previously worked as a clinical research coordinator with the Department of Veterans Affairs in St. Louis, MO and as a biology and microbiology instructor at the University of Illinois. His main hobby is storm chasing and is very active in tornado research and tornado safety.