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Biological Safety

All work with biological agents or material in the University must be carried out in accordance with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (as amended). This includes both deliberate work with biological agents such as hazardous bacteria or viruses or working with materials which may contain biological agents such a human or animal blood, tissue or biofluids.

All activities involving biological agents or material must be risk assessed, and where appropriate approved by the Sub-Committee for Biological Safety (see section 4 of Safety Code of Practice 14 part 1 for further information).

For genetically modified organisms see Genetic Modification

Resources

Biological Safety (Part 1) University Laboratories (revised Nov 2013 - replaces Safety Guides 14 part 1-5)

Biological Safety (Part 2) Guide for field, farm and facilities work (coming in 2014 )

Biological Safety (Part 6) Microbiological Safety Cabinets (revised 2012)

Biological Safety (Part 7) Biological & Clinical Waste (new in 2012)

Biological risk assessment form (revised Nov 2013)

Example of completed risk assessment - Human Blood (coming in 2014)

Example of completed risk assessment - Hazard Group 2 Biological agent (coming in 2014)

- required for workers on higher risk projects (Hazard group 2 or 3 biological agents projects) or work with human samples.

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Who can I contact about Biological work?

Health and Safety Services

Biological & Scientific Safety Advisor: Dr Abhishek Upadhyay

Email: a.upadhyay@reading.ac.uk

Phone: Ext 8887

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