By being aware of the importance of biosecurity, employees will act accordingly. Awareness of biosecurity among employees is essential for identifying odd situations in the workplace that could form a threat to the organisation or to society at large. Examples are protecting high-risk material, or protecting information, data and work processes.


KNAW code of conduct

CEN workshop agreement CWA 15793

NCTV training module 'It's your business to be sure'

Good practices

To increase awareness, the NCTV training module ‘It's your business to be sure' may be used.

It is advisable to describe the required security culture of the organisation (integral or organisation-wide) / department (specific).

To increase awareness, safety can be included in the employee assessment system.

Providing support through awareness, such as via e-learning, intranet and sticker campaigns, may expand your reach and enhance results.

Check and enforce the rules and agreements.

Analyses and evaluations based on incident registrations and other reportings may offer valuable insights that are worthwhile discussing during department meetings or staff trainings.

Data on safety and results from analyses are to be included in the annual report, thus clearly indicating in which areas improvement measures need to be taken.

Communication beyond department level about the achievements of the various departments.

Score cards per department lead to positive competitiveness that stimulates active involvement.

Following an awareness campaign aimed at personnel, it is important to keep up momentum for the theme in question. Maintaining a high level of attention for and awareness of certain risks will require a fair amount of effort. As safety measures (how the work is being done) generally are seen as less important than the execution of the main tasks (that the work is being done), it is essential that personnel do not loose their focus on 'how' the work should be done.

Various e-learning modules are developed and provided to increase competences and promote awareness for all personnel. These training modules contribute to a general awareness of the risks around the work environment, and teach how to behave within this environment as well as what to do in case of incidents or 'near incidents'. Another training goal is related to reporting such incidents and near incidents. On the basis of actual cases, participants are made aware of the necessity and usefulness of certain rules of conduct and how they themselves may contribute to increasing the safety level.

Security awareness guide (in Dutch, from the National Advice Centre on Vital Infrastructure).