21 October 2024 - 25 October 2024
Managing the risks that arise from deliberate work with
biological agents requires that sufficient management controls are
in place in order to prevent or control the potential release of a
This course aims to provide delegates with a greater
understanding of the work carried out within a microbiological
Containment Level 3 (CL3) facility by introducing them to the
concepts and philosophy of working with biological agents at that
level of containment.
The course is designed in line with the latest version of HSE's
guidance document 'Management and operation of microbiological
containment laboratories', which was redrafted by some of the
course presenters and covers the design, management, maintenance,
testing and legislative requirements associated with CL3 laboratory
It also explains the equipment and personal protective equipment
(PPE) required to work safely as well as provide the skills and
confidence to deal with accidents and incidents.
The course is delivered using a combination of presentations and
scenario-based exercises, as well as practical sessions in HSE's CL3 laboratory
suite, to provide hands-on experience of the design, operation
and use of such facilities.
Delegates will be provided with information that will help them
- Understand the relevant legislation, guidance and industry best
practice for working at CL3
- Understand biosafety management and the safe systems of work
required at CL3
- Understand the role of HSE and the HSE inspector, including how
to prepare for an inspection using insight gathered on common
What the course will cover
This course provides an overview of the legislation, guidance
and industry best practice, biosecurity and security, hazard
criteria and categorisation and microbiological risk
Delegates will look at the use of PPE, biocontainment facilities
and equipment, health and safety management and code of practice.
Delegates will study disinfection, sterilisation and fumigation,
waste management and what makes a good accident/emergency
procedure. Human factors scientists will provide an insight into
how to prevent accidents and design procedures.
Delegates will also look at cabinetry and laboratory design,
working practices and the use of laboratory equipment. Classroom
interactive sessions will help delegates understand the importance
of management arrangements and practical sessions will be used to
demonstrate how to work safely in a CL3 laboratory.
Who should attend?
The course is aimed at laboratory staff planning to work at CL3,
safety advisors/biological safety officers, laboratory managers of
CL3 facilities or as refresher training for current CL3 laboratory
Previous experience of working at Containment Level 2 is
Who will present the course?
The course will be delivered by:
- members of the Microbiology Research Team with more than 40
years combined experience in occupational health and safety,
including working with Hazard Group 3 pathogens;
- HSE microbiology specialists with responsibility for inspection
of high containment laboratories who will provide an insight into
regulatory and enforcement approaches;
- human factors specialists;
- PPE specialists; and
- ventilation systems specialists.
This course is run at the HSE Science and Research
Centre in the spa town of Buxton.
Buxton is located in the heart of the Peak District and has good
links to mainline train stations and Manchester International
This course can also be tailored to provide bespoke content
based on the above or other related courses, e.g. refresher courses
for laboratory managers, which can be conducted either at Buxton or
at the customer site.
£2,675 per person (includes course notes, lunch and
Please note that all courses must be paid for via credit
card at the time of booking.
Some of our training courses can also be delivered
in-company, please contact us to discuss your requirements.
Telephone: +44 (0)203 028 3704
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