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 Pulse. It is made up of three modules that must all be completed, and can be found under the WHS-Laboratory Practices


This course is free to ANU Staff.

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