Biological Safety (WHSO10)

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Who should attend

The course is designed for staff and students who are working with biological materials within the laboratory environment. In certain areas, it is a requirement for staff and students to successfully complete this course prior to work/study being carried out within the laboratory.

Course overview

This module provides staff and students with knowledge and information about risk assessment and control in a biological laboratory context. A competency assessment is compulsory for all participants to complete at the end of the course. 

The training is valid for 5 years, after which the course should be repeated due to updates in legislation.

Key takeaways

At the conclusion of this course participants will have an understanding of:

  • The hazards associated with working in a biological laboratory
  • Risk assessment and control of biological hazards
  • The Australian Standard AS/NZS 2243.3 Microbiological safety and containment

What the course will cover

Topics addressed will include:

  • Biological risk management
  • Laboratory-acquired infection
  • Containment measures
  • Standard laboratory facilities, practices and equipment
  • Biological safety cabinets and related containment devices
  • Sterilization, disinfection and decontamination
  • Waste management
  • Clinical specimens handling practices
  • Gene technology practices
  • Animal experimentation, housing and handling practices
  • Quarantine practices
  • Air transport of infectious substances

When is the course held

The Biological Safety (WHSO10) module is available on Wattle.


This course is free to ANU Staff.

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