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Course Detail

HS020 - Working Safely with Biological Hazards

This non-accredited 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, biological sensitisers (animal allergens), transport, storage and the principles of risk assessment (using QMUL Biosafety risk assessment 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).

Duration: 3 hours delivery time via Microsoft Teams


1. Identify the hazards arising from working with biological / clinical samples / pathogens and potential routes for infection / exposure
2. Understand the principles of bio-containment in the laboratory or clinical area
3. Know the measures required to contain biohazards from start of work through to waste disposal and storage
4. Be aware of relevant H&S legislation underpinning biological hazard work
5. Be able to conduct a risk assessment of their work
Certification: A certificate of attendance will be forwarded to delegates on completion of online knowledge quiz.
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).

Bookings: This course is free and bookable via the CPD booking system for QMUL staff / students and Barts Health NHS Trust staff involved in joint projects.

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

Once booked onto this course, you will receive a calendar invitation to join the Microsoft Teams session.

External organisations: Open to attendees from external organisations but please note this course is geared towards QMUL / Barts Health NHS Trust arrangements. There is normally a fee chargeable to other organisations.


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


Date: Thursday 24 September 2020

Venue: MS Teams Webinar, Online, Online

Time: 10:00 - 13:00


  • Dr M Ariyanayagam