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.
1. Identify the hazards arising from working with biological / clinical samples / pathogens and possible 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
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).
Duration: 3 hours
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