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.

Duration: 3 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 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).

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


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: Wednesday 25 March 2020

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

Time: 10:00 - 13:00


  • Dr M Ariyanayagam
Please check non-attendance policy and possible penalties for non-attendance at

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).

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 email it to

Further Information: If you require any further details please contact the Health & Safety Directorate at