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Biosafety - concepts and working practices at Containment Level 3

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HSL is to run a 5 day course on Biosafety - concepts and working practices at Containment Level 3.

8 - 12 October 2018

Other available dates: email us to book
4 - 8 February 2019


This is a four day course (run over five days) on working in and with a Microbiological Containment Level 3 facility. It will comprise a number of modules presented by a combination of interactive theory, practical and workshop training.

You will achieve a greater understanding of the work carried out within a Containment Level 3 facility, the equipment used and the concepts and philosophy of working with biological agents at that level of containment.  It will also cover the design, management and legislative requirements associated with operating a Containment Level 3 laboratory facility. It will also provide the skills and confidence to deal with accidents and incidents and to enforce their duty and the duty of others in maintaining and working in a safe environment.

The course will cover:

  • Legislation
  • Biosecurity & security
  • Hazard criteria & categorisation
  • Microbiological risk assessment
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Biocontainment facilities & equipment
  • Health & safety management
  • Code of practice
  • Disinfection, sterilisation & fumigation
  • Waste management
  • Accident/emergency procedures
  • Human factors
  • Cabinetry
  • Laboratory design
  • Laboratory working practices

Who should attend?

Anyone working at or intending to start work at Containment Level 3 also Safety Advisors, Biological Safety Officers who support Containment Level 3 facilities.

Previous experience working at Containment Level 2 is essential.

Who will present the course?

The course will be presented as a collaboration between HSL and Sharon Webster of Webster's Biosafety.Sharon has over 20 years in the microbiological industry having worked as a scientist and Biological Safety Officer at HPA Porton Down as Head of Health and Safety at Institute for Animal Health and for HSE as a specialist microbiology inspector. She is currently Corporate Biosafety Manager for the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and is a Biosafety Consultant and trainer. She is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (CMIOSH) and a registered Biosafety Professional with the Institute of Safety in Technology and Research (ISTR BSP) and is on the Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register. (OSHCR).

HSL staff presenting the course will include Brian Crook, Microbiology Team Leader with 25 years' experience as a research microbiologist in occupational health and safety including working with Hazard Group 3 pathogens.  Other HSL staff will include specialists in human factors and the design and use of personal protective equipment and ventilation systems.  Practical sessions in HSL's Containment Level 3 laboratory facilities will provide hands-on opportunity to understand the design and operation of such facilities


The course will be run at the HSL laboratory in the spa town of Buxton. Buxton is in the heart of the Peak District and has good links to mainline train stations and Manchester International Airport. This course can be run at your site or local area by arrangement.


The cost of this course is £2,345 per person (includes course notes, guidance book, lunch/refreshments and a course dinner on the second night).

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Please note the invoice option is not available within 4 weeks of the course date, or for overseas customers.  If you are selecting the invoice option for payment, it will be mandatory to input a purchase order/reference number as we are unable to process booking forms without this.

For further dates and additional information email: or contact the Training & Conferences Unit
at HSL directly on +44 (0)203 028 3704.

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