Biological safety

Managing biosafety and biosecurity

Biorisk management covers the processes and steps for University staff and students to take to control risks of:

  • direct or indirect exposure of people to harmful biological materials
  • releasing environmentally harmful biological materials
  • malicious use of pathogens and biotoxins.

Register details about you and your work

You must register and maintain details about you and your work with the University's Biosafety Committee if you are a staff member, student or visitor whose work could potentially expose you to hazardous biological material and complete the mandatory and any optional biosafety training modules available from our training webpage.

Investigators must submit risk assessments of their work with human pathogens, specific animal pathogens, other potenitally infectious materials, genetically modified organisms and biotoxins to this committee for review, registration and regulator notification before work can start.

Biological materials

The definition of biological material includes biological agents, such as:

  • bacteria
  • viruses
  • fungi
  • cell cultures
  • protozoa
  • prions

and substances that do or are likely to contain such biological agents, with harmful properties including:

  • pathogenicity and virulence
  • allergenicity
  • oncogenicity
  • biotoxicity

University policy

Read the interactive Biorisk management policy, procedures and resources, if you're registered, or a PDF version.

Risk assessment

Containment and controls

Transporting biological material

Animal and plant material licences

Permits and inspection forms

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