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Course Detail

HS020 - Working Safely with Biological Hazards

This course will provide an introduction to the basic principles of bio-containment and procedures for working safely with biological hazards in the laboratory or clinical setting (e.g. human or animal pathogens, clinical samples or materials, animal / insect samples or materials). Topics covered include bio-containment equipment and procedures, handling of biological/clinical waste, disinfection & decontamination, personal protective equipment, transport, storage and the principles of risk assessment (using QMUL Bio-COSHH template). Relevant legislative requirements in the context of the safe management of biological hazards will be covered. This course covers work generally conducted at Containment Level 1 & 2 laboratories (or equivalent). Arrangements for biological safety applicable to QMUL will also be identified.

Objectives:

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

Suitability: For laboratory research, technical, clinical and teaching staff working with clinical and biological material (tissue, blood, bodily fluids and cells), human or animal / plant / insect pathogens. Particularly useful for those starting full time laboratory work (e.g. new PhD and post-doctoral staff).

Objectives

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

  • Know the hazards of biological & GM agents and routes of infection
  • Understand the principles of bio-containment
  • Know the measures required to contain biohazards and GM agents from start of work through to waste disposal and storage
  • Be aware of relevant legislation underpinning bio-safety & GM work
  • Be able to conduct a risk assessment of their work

Provided by: Health and Safety

Details

Date: Wednesday 4 March 2020

Venue: E303, Queens Building, ME, Queens, Mile End Campus

Time: 10:00 - 13:00


Tutor

  • Dr M Ariyanayagam
Requalification / Refresher: Attend and complete the refresher course once every 3 years. (HS030 Bio Hazards and GM Agents Refresher).

Bookings: This course is bookable via the CPD booking system. Please check non-attendance policy and possible penalties for non-attendance at http://www.hsd.qmul.ac.uk/training/

Please note there is a separate course covering genetically modified organisms (Genetically Modified (GM) Agents Risk Assessment and Notification course, HS029), and a separate course covering higher risk pathogen work (Containment Level 3 Principles and Practices, HS019).