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William Jewell College Partners With MRIGlobal International Biorisk Assessment Experts For Review of Emergency Preparedness Plan

by MRIGlobal | May 04, 2020

Review further prepares College for pandemics, safeguards from biorisks

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Just as the coronavirus pandemic appeared, global biosafety and biorisk management experts were engaged in addressing new and highly-anticipated updates from the U.S. and World Health Organization (WHO).

With both factors in play and the ultimate goal of safeguarding the health and welfare of the campus community and guests, William Jewell College joined forces with MRIGlobal to review the College’s Emergency Operations. The College was seeking a partner to provide professional, independent analysis of its existing plan and to manage containment in the event of a positive COVID-19 case on campus.

Not only is MRIGlobal conveniently located to William Jewell College, MRIGlobal is internationally-known for comprehensive support for domestic and international laboratory biological safety and security services. This expertise includes monitoring COVID-19 recommendations and guidelines as they are issued.

The assessment will ensure preparedness for infectious disease situations (such as the current COVID-19 pandemic) and address other biorisks such as an incident involving biological agents. Special provisions will be included to address biological clean-up, especially regarding COVID-19, in case someone on campus becomes symptomatic or is diagnosed with the coronavirus.

“We welcome the opportunity to help our community neighbor, William Jewell,” said Lolly Gardiner, MRIGlobal Program Manager and Certified/Registered Biological Safety Professional (ABSA International). “Safety is our priority and our goal is to ensure William Jewell is prepared to safely address an emergency. We have been assisting colleges and universities all over the country with their biosafety programs for decades.”

Following plan completion and William Jewell approval, MRIGlobal will provide virtual training sessions to Jewell’s Emergency Management Team and other staff.

About William Jewell

William Jewell College is a four-year, private liberal arts college in Liberty, Missouri. Jewell's commitment to cultivating critical thinkers in pursuit of a meaningful lives is woven into the living and learning community and is the basis of the Critical Thought and Inquiry Core Curriculum. Forty majors and programs include nursing, civil engineering, data science, business, music, psychological science and nonprofit leadership, with 99.1% of students employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation. Two distinctive offerings include Oxbridge Honors Program, combining British tutorial methods of instruction with a year of study in Oxford, England, and the Honors Institute in Critical Thinking that delves into problem-based learning and critical thinking in action. A national champion debate team, the Harriman-Jewell premier performing arts series and the Idea Exchange Innovation Lab also demonstrate the depth of opportunities available to students.

About MRIGlobal

MRIGlobal addresses some of the world’s greatest threats and challenges. Founded in 1944 as an independent, non-profit organization, we perform contract research for government, industry, and academia. Our customized solutions in national security and defense and health include research and development capabilities in clinical research support, infectious disease and biological threat agent detection, global biological engagement, in vitro diagnostics, and laboratory management and operations. MRIGlobal is one of two partners in the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC, which manages and operates the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, for the U.S. Department of Energy. For more information, visit mriglobal.org

For more than 75 years, MRIGlobal has supported internal and client biological laboratory research. Over the past 20 years, MRIGlobal expertise has led biosafety and biorisk management program development in the U.S. and internationally. Our credentialed safety experts are at the forefront of our company’s efforts to remain compliant in our own facilities, and we rely on them to continue providing relevant, up-to-date site assessments and training around the world.

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