Biosafety in the research setting
Use of and research into the nature of biological agents is undertaken in laboratories, and clinical and field settings across the Medical Sciences Division and the Mathematical, Physical, and Life Sciences Division. Such use and research may involve pathogens or other biological agents known to pose a significant hazard to human health.
All such work, both hazardous and non-hazardous, must be undertaken in compliance with all pertinent legislation. Heads of departments must ensure all work with biological agents is assessed and approved and all notifications to enforcing agencies as are required are undertaken.
The University’s policy statement identifies how this can be achieved and provides extensive guidance for workers on the safe use of biological agents. It does not address incidental exposures to non-research biological material.
Specimen rules for handling bloods - containment level 3
Laboratory Containment Level 1
Laboratory Containment Level 2
Animal Containment Level 1
Laboratory Containment Level 3
- Risk assessment - Work with biological material
- Risk assessment - Work with DNA/RNA
- Risk assessment - GMOs: micro-organisms - Form 1
- Risk assessment - GMOs: micro-organisms - Form 2
- Risk assessment - GMOs: animals
- Risk assessment - GMOs: plants
- Risk assessment - Work with micro-organisms
- Legionella control
- Non-hazardous waste disposal (drug paraphernalia, offensive waste)
- Human Tissue Act