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Course Detail

HS019 - Containment Level 3 Principles and Practices

This course gives an in depth of the legal requirements for laboratory work and facility design features for high hazard pathogen work (at ACDP Containment Level 3, CL3). The course will identify operational practices, safety management principles and practices which enable safe working. The course presenter will provide short talks on the topics, which will be interspersed with small group exercises.

Duration: Full day (minimum 5 hours) classroom time plus completion of an online knowledge quiz (open book) on QMPlus in attendee’s own time (approximately 30 min).

Certification: An online completion certificate will be generated upon satisfactory completion (pass mark 80% or greater) of the online knowledge quiz on QMPlus by the attendee. The access details for the online knowledge quiz will be provided by the course tutor at the classroom.

This course is not accredited by any training accreditation body.

Suitability: For research, technical and teaching staff and postgraduate students starting work at ACDP CL3, other staff (e.g. Infrastructure Maintenance) closely involved with CL3 facility operation, CL3 laboratory staff requiring a ‘refresher’ session.

It is normally expected that attendees have previously attended the QMUL ‘Working Safely with Biohazards’ (HS020) course (or an equivalent course at another Institution) and/or have an adequate basic knowledge of the COSHH regulations and the principles of risk assessment. If in doubt, please contact hs-helpdesk@qmul.ac.uk in advance to ascertain suitability.

Requalification / Refresher: Attend and complete this course once every 3 years as a refresher.


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

  • Understand the relevant legislation underpinning high hazard pathogen laboratory work
  • Understand the safety practices for high hazard pathogen laboratory work
  • Understand the design and operation of safety critical features in the containment facility
  • Understand and gain information to plan and implement safety management procedures, including emergency protocols for a facility
  • Be able to conduct a risk assessment of work according to the relevant legislation and guidance

Provided by: Health and Safety


Date: Thursday 12 March 2020

Venue: Garrod Building 2.48, W, Garrod Building, Whitechapel

Time: 09:30 - 16:00


  • Dr M Ariyanayagam
Please check non-attendance policy and possible penalties for non-attendance at http://www.hsd.qmul.ac.uk/training/

External organisations: Open to attendees from external organisations but please note this course is geared towards QMUL arrangements. There is normally a fee chargeable. Please complete the training request form available here http://www.hsd.qmul.ac.uk/training/and email it to hs-helpdesk@qmul.ac.uk

Further Information: If you require any further details please contact the Health & Safety Directorate at hs-helpdesk@qmul.ac.uk