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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


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

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

art 7) Biological & Clinical Wasteart 7) Biological & Clinical Waste (new in 2012)

Biological Risk Assessment Form

Useful information & links

Who can I contact about Biological work?

Health and Safety Services

Jonathan Ridgeon - Scientific Safety Advisor:


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