Biological safety

This section concerns biorisk management within the University. It covers the processes in place and the steps personnel are required to take in order to ensure that the following hazards are eliminated or the risks from them are adequately controlled:

  • the direct or indirect exposure of people to infectious or otherwise harmful biological materials (from laboratory or non-laboratory based activities);
  • the release of environmentally harmful biological materials from containment.

Biological material includes biological agents such as  bacteria, viruses, fungi, cell cultures, protozoa and prions or anything which might contain biological agents like soil, human tissues and animals.

Biological safety and genetic modification

This document describes the University policy and procedures governing work with biologically hazardous material.

Published document name: biocop-po.pdf

Version: 1.41

Date of publication: July 2013*

Author: Simon Golding

Contact: Simon Golding

Biological Safety and Genetic Modification Policy (PDF, 194kb)

Before undertaking any work with hazardous biological substances University personnel must read and understand the University's policy governing such work and all relevant risk assessments (or undertake such risk assessments if necessary) and must register their details. The current policy and associated information on complying both with the policy and the regulations that direct it can be found in this document.

*2013 revision of URLs and name of Health and Safety Office only.

Biological and Genetic Modification Safety Committee

BGMSC advises on all aspects of biological safety management within the University. Where activities on University premises involve genetically modified organisms or pathogenic biological agents it also has specific functions under legislation and University safety policies including to:

  • review risk assessments covering the acquisition, storage, use, disposal and transport of these materials and approve such activities before commencement;
  • approve containment facilities for undertaking work with these materials;
  • monitor activities involving these materials by receiving inspection/audit reports, training information and reports of accidents/incidents.

Formal meetings are held at least four times per year. However lower risk activities may also be considered by the committee between meetings using Blackboard (see BGMSC review process guidance under 'Further information' below)

dates

Future meetings

2014 (submission deadlines)

5 February (22 January)
7 May (23 April)
16 July (2 July)

(see agenda for time and location)

Agenda and minutes

DateAgendaMinutes
5 Feb A n/a
* denotes unapproved draft minutes
DateAgendaMinutes
16 Oct A (126 kb) M* (215 kb)
17 Apr A (103 kb) M (54 kb)
30 Jan A (104 kb) M (52 kb)
* denotes unapproved draft minutes
DateAgendaMinutes
24 Oct A (70 kb) M (49 kb)
11 Jul A (475 kb) M (108 kb)
27 Apr A (80 kb) M (109 kb)
25 Jan A (137 kb) M (118 kb)
DateAgendaMinutes
02 Nov A (196 kb) M (133 kb)
20 Jul A (107 kb) M (217 kb)
11 May A (97 kb) M (115 kb)
26 Jan A (475 kb) M (273 kb)
DateAgendaMinutes
13 Oct A (279 kb) M (190 kb)
14 Jul A (227 kb) M (151 kb)
05 May A (312 kb) M (66 kb)
27 Jan A (102 kb) M (317 kb)
DateAgendaMinutes
14 Oct A (76 kb) M (318 kb)
15 Jul A (18 kb) M (26 kb)
27 Apr A (63 kb) M (34 kb)
15 Jan A (20 kb) M (27 kb)
DateAgendaMinutes
16 Sep A (259 kb) M (25 kb)
05 Jun A (252 kb) M (192 kb)
21 Jan A (104 kb) M (147 kb)
DateAgendaMinutes
20 Sep A (31 kb) M (61 kb)
23 Mar A (113 kb) M (24 kb)
DateAgendaMinutes
10 Nov A (50 kb) M (97 kb)
11 May A (74 kb) M (85 kb)
06 Feb A (72 kb) M (129 kb)
DateAgendaMinutes
07 Jul A (24 kb) M (26 kb)

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