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Biosafety and sharps

Biological agents are used or encountered in many applications including microbiological laboratories, gene technology, handling animals, when dealing with human procedures, when handling human biological specimens, working in the field or outdoors and in occupations such as plumbing, cleaning and gardening.

Hazards posed by these include the potential risk of contracting infectious diseases. When working with biological agents knowledge of appropriate safety protocols and procedures is essential.

Approvals to work with biological materials

All research and teaching involving biological hazards must have documented risk assessment and approval from an appropriate UOW authority. Some additional requirements are:

  • Non-GMO and Non-biosecurity risk group 1 organisms do not need to be reviewed by the IBC but need to follow standard laboratory practices for physical containment 1 work and be approved by the project supervisor and Head of School.
  • The IBC must be notified of the importation or acquisition of all microbiological organisms of Risk Group 2 or higher; and the importation or acquisition of all GMOs.
  • All work with risk group 2 materials must be reviewed by the IBC and performed in a PC2 facility
  • All work with risk group 3 organisms or above need to have appropriate facilities and work practices developed prior to the organisms being brought onto UOW property and the work must be approved by the Dean /Director of Unit and the IBC.
  • You must also check whether your biological hazard is included in the list of agents that are considered a National Security Risk .If your biological agent is included, you must contact the WHS unit/ research office before any decision is made to bring the agent onto UOW property.

Additional information

Forms

  • Immunisation Declaration Form [pdf] [doc]
  • Biosafety Self-Assessment Checklist [pdf] [doc]
  • PC2 Laboratory Decommissioning Form [interactive pdf]

Signs

New Biosecurity signs (For Biosecurity areas)

Biosafety representatives

For questions and issues related to Biosafety in your unit please contact one of the following Biosafety Representatives:

Faculty/UnitRepresentativeExtension

AIIM

Michael Parlas

1413

Biological Sciences

Stephen Poon

Amanda Guy-Chresby (ERC)

3071

5279

Chemistry

Carolyn Dillon

4930

Medicine

Adam Zieba

5171

IHMRI

Katie Cicero

3089

Psychology

Dr Sarah Loughran

2116

EIS - CME

Ling Tie

3177

SEES

Lili Yu

8735

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