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Course Detail

HS020 - Working Safely with Biological Hazards

This 3-hour course will provide an introduction to the basic principles of bio-containment and procedures for working safely with biohazards (clinical, biological, pathogens) in the laboratory setting. Topics will include bio-containment, handling biological/clinical waste, disinfection & decontamination, personal protective equipment, transport, storage and the principles of risk assessment (using QMUL Bio-COSHH templates). Relevant legislative requirements in the context of the management of biological hazards will be covered.


By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the hazards arising from working with biological / clinical samples / pathogens and possible routes for infection / exposure
  • Understand the principles of bio-containment in the laboratory or clinical area
  • Know the measures required to contain biohazards from start of work through to waste disposal and storage
  • Be aware of relevant H&S legislation underpinning biological hazard work
  • Be able to conduct a risk assessment of their work

Provided by: Health and Safety


Date: Thursday 10 October 2019

Venue: Queens W206 (ME), Queen's Building, Mile End

Time: 10:00 - 13:00


  • Dr M Ariyanayagam
Suitability: For laboratory research, technical and teaching staff working with clinical and biological (tissues, blood, and cells) material, human or animal pathogens. Particularly useful for those starting full time laboratory work (e.g. new PhD and post-doctoral staff).

This course covers work generally conducted at Containment Level 1 and 2 laboratories.

Note: From Sep 2014, Genetically Modified (GM) Agents Risk Assessment and Notification is being covered in a separate course, see MyHR / CAPD booking system for details and bookings.