Biosafety training and guidelines

Biosafety training

Microbiological safety and containment standard

The Australian/New Zealand Standard 2243.3:2010 Safety in laboratories Part 3: Microbiological safety and containment is your first source of information about biosafety and microbiological lab safety. It’s the Standard that Australia uses to describe the management of biohazards of all kinds. All Curtin’s biosafety systems have been developed from this Standard, and you should always refer to it for guidance.

Curtin students and staff have access to the Standard through Curtin Library’s SAI Global account. Search for ‘2243.3:2010’ to get the Standard. Your downloaded copy of the Standard will self-erase after a couple of days, and you’ll need to go back to SAI Global to get another copy each time you need it.

Biosafety Awareness Statement

The Biosafety Awareness Statement [.docx – 68kB] details the biosafety systems you need to comply with at Curtin if you want to work with genetically modified organisms, quarantined materials, microorganisms in Risk Groups 2 and 3, tissues or body fluids from humans or animals, or any living creatures that could harm you while you study them, or damage local ecosystems.

It contains the full set of information in the feedback from the Biosafety Section of the Hazard Identification Tool (HIT).

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) training course

If you work with Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), or within a research facility Certified by the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR), you need to complete the compulsory Gene Technology Training. This training is given every second month by the Chair of Curtin’s Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC).

The date and time will be advertised by Facility Managers and School Managers in the biosciences areas, so look out for the email announcement.

Alternatively, you can get a group together and request a special session by contacting the biosafety advisor.

Quarantine training course

Approved Arrangement Accredited Person training is available online from the Department of Agriculture. The training is mandatory for the Responsible Persons who manage Approved Arrangement quarantine facilities, and for holders of Import Permits. See the training details for cost and payment methods.

Biosafety training on the web

There are various free training courses available online from non-Curtin sources:

The American Biological Safety Association has four videos about animal biosafety.

The Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory has a video about working safely in a Class II Biological Safety Cabinet.

Biosafety guidelines

Download the Biosafety Manual [.pdf – 373kB], which contains all of the relevant guidelines for handling biological materials.