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Health and Safety Directorate

Working Safely with Biohazards REFRESHER - HS030

This self-directed QMPlus module will provide a refresher on the basic principles of biocontainment and procedures for working safely with biological hazards in the laboratory or clinical setting (e.g., human or animal pathogens, clinical samples or materials, animal / insect samples or materials). Topics covered include bio-containment equipment and procedures, handling of biological/clinical waste, disinfection & decontamination, personal protective equipment, transport, storage and the principles of risk assessment (using Queen Mary Bio-COSHH template). Relevant legislative requirements in the context of the safe management of biological hazards will be covered. This course covers work generally conducted at Containment Level 1 & 2 laboratories (or equivalent). Arrangements for biological safety applicable to Queen Mary will also be identified.


  1. Identify the hazards arising from working with biological / clinical samples / pathogens and possible routes for infection / exposure.
  2. Understand the principles of biocontainment in the laboratory or clinical area.
  3. Know the measures required to contain biohazards from start of work through to waste disposal and storage.
  4. Be aware of relevant H&S legislation underpinning biological hazard work.
  5. Refresh their understanding to conduct a risk assessment of their work.

Knowledge Quiz & Certification: To obtain a certificate you will be required to complete the knowledge quiz within this module. You have 30 minutes to answer 10 questions and have two chances to gain an 80% pass mark.

Suitability: For laboratory research, technical, clinical and teaching staff working with clinical and biological material (tissue, blood, bodily fluids and cells), human or animal / plant / insect pathogens who have completed the full Working Safely with Biological Hazards course. 

Bookings: Access to this QMPlus module can be requested by completing the request form when current validity expires (4 years).

Further Information: If you require any further details, please contact the Health & Safety Directorate.

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