Course Detail

HS026 - Decontamination and Sterilisation

This 2 hour course will provide a detailed look into the decontamination and sterilisation of biologically hazardous materials (clinical samples, pathogens, Genetically Modified (GM) Agents) and equipment / devices that may be used with these materials.

The safety principles and requirements to inactivate different biologically hazardous materials under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations and GM (Contained Use) Regulations will be detailed.

Topics will include the principles of decontamination and sterilisation; appropriate use of decontamination and sterilisation methods; types, examples, compatibility, validation and limitations of disinfectants for laboratory work; sterilisation methods in the laboratory setting and their application including limitations, compatibility and validation.


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

  • Know the safety principles and requirements for decontamination and sterilisation for laboratory work
  • Understand the applications of decontamination and sterilisation methods
  • Understand the criteria for correct use of decontaminating agents such as disinfectants
  • Understand the criteria for correct use of sterilisation methods
  • Be able to conduct a risk assessment to select the best method of inactivation for biologically hazardous materials used in their work

Provided by: Health and Safety


Date: Tuesday 17 December 2019

Venue: Garrod Building 3.04, W, Garrod Building, WhiteChapel

Time: 10:00 - 12:00


  • Dr M Ariyanayagam
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