Guidance for Enhancing Personnel Reliability and Strengthening the Culture of Responsibility

This report, which is a follow-up to the Board’s May 2009 report on personnel reliability, was undertaken in response to the U.S. government’s request for specific strategies and guidance on practices that promote a culture of responsibility with respect to biosecurity. The Board’s recommendations address good management practices, the role of strong institutional and laboratory leadership and oversight, responsible hiring and employee management practices, and the need to assess that the effectiveness, potential impact, and unintended consequences of any measures being implemented. The report also discusses two potentially useful practices for enhancing personnel reliability and a culture of responsibility at the local level – video monitoring and the “two person rule” – that, while not recommended for broad implementation, should be considered by local institutions only after conducting an assessment of these practices’ risks and impacts. The report also notes practices that the NSABB does not recommend for widespread implementation by institutions, particularly academic institutions.

National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity
Publish Date:
September 2011