The BSU provides services to assist those working with biological materials.
We provide training for those working with biological materials. Training covers general biosafety, the use of microbial safety cabinets, working with genetically modified organisms and transport of biological materials.
The Biosafety Unit provides guidance and advice on working with dangerous pathogens and the containment levels required in laboratories.
The University is registered as a single GM centre with 10 GM committees. The Biosafety Unit is represented on these committees and gives advice on GM matters. The Unit deals with all GM Notifications to the HSE within the University. Please contact the UBSA for further details.
If you wish to hold or work with a specified animal pathogen or a carrier of a specified animal pathogen in a laboratory a licence is needed. We give advice on applications for SAPO licence’s and SAPO inspections.
Transport of biological material is heavily regulated. We give guidance and advice on the transport of biological material by road, sea and air.
The Biosafety Unit conducts annual surveys throughout the University and maintains records of dangerous pathogens, genetically modified organisms and 'Schedule 5' materials.
For all matters concerning biological materials the Biosafety Unit acts as the central and primary contact for enforcing authorities and other organizations. These include: HSE, DEFRA, Scottish Executive, Home Office and the Counter Terrorism Security Advisers. The Biosafety Unit works closely with the Health and Safety Executive Biological Agents Unit.
The UBSA is an active member of the Northern Biological Safety Officers group.
This article was published on Apr 14, 2010