Biosafety Unit

Biological and Genetic Modification Safety

The Biological and Genetic Modification Safety training course is available both as an e-learning and face to face course. Both courses cover the general principles of biological safety including risk assessment, containment and control for work involving biological agents and genetically modified organisms.

Course topics

  • Basic legal requirements for work with biological agents and genetically modified organisms.
  • Reference to relevant legislation and guidance sources that may apply.
  • Risk assessment for work with biological agents and genetically modified organisms.
  • Hazards of biological materials.
  • Hazard group and activity class categorizations.
  • Routes of exposure or release.
  • Containment and controls for work with biological agents and genetically modified organisms.
  • Containment levels and laboratories.
  • Fieldwork.
  • Control measures.
  • Emergency procedures.

Suitability

This course is suitable for those working in laboratories, animal and plant facilities and those doing fieldwork. This is an advanced course which is focused on the needs of staff and research students undertaking higher risk laboratory or fieldwork involving biological materials, biological agents or genetically modified organisms, and of technicians, biological safety advisers, safety advisers and safety managers who manage or provide advice on biological safety in their units.  It is also suitable for those who may no longer work in the laboratory but have managerial, supervisory or advisory responsibilities in these areas.

Staff and students who require an introductory course on biological safety should not attend this course but should attend the e-learning session on Introduction to Biological Safety.

Course

Access to E-Learning course

The course is available via the Learn platform and can be accessed by following the instructions below.

Instructions on how to access the Biological and Genetic Modification safety course

Login to LEARN

Availability & Registration for Face to Face course

There may be occasional face to face sessions to meet demand and relevant School/Area Safety Advisers and Biological Safety Advisers will be advised when sessions are available and asked to publicise details within their School/Area.

Please see the training timetable for up to date training dates and times.

To register for the course please log on to MyEd and locate the course within the Event booking channel.  Alternatively University personnel interested in arranging a session should contact the Biosafety Unit for further details.

Alternatively, University personnel interested in attending a session should contact the Biosafety Unit for further details.

 

Training Registration

Work: +44 (0)131 651 4255

Email: Health.Safety@ed.ac.uk

Duration

The face to face advanced course lasts around 3 hours.

Assessment

The training course is followed by a short assessment for which a certificate will be issued & provide a training record.

Please follow the instructions on how to access the Biological and Genetic Modification Safety online online quiz.

Training slides

Training slides can be accessed following successful completion of the course.

Instructions on how to access the Biological and Genetic Modification safety training slides via the LEARN platform