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The University is committed to ensuring that exposure of employees and students to biological agents that are potentially hazardous to health is prevented or adequately controlled. This policy applied to all work activities involved in the handling, use, transport and storage of Biological Agents. The University's policy and procedures are based on the requirements of national legislation and extensive guidance produced by various expert technical advisory committees issued in support of the Regulations.

COSHH defines a Biological Agent as a “micro-organism, cell culture, or human endoparasite, whether or not genetically modified, which may cause infection, allergy, toxicity or otherwise create a hazard to human health”.


ACDP List of Biological Agents Local Biological Safety Officers
Autoclave Safety Microbiological Safety Cabinets
Blood Borne Infections Schedule 5 Organisms
BioCOSHH Waste (Biological/Clinical)
Biological Safety Policy  
Safety Committees  
Containment Laboratories  
Genetic Modification Code of Practice  
Infectious Agents Laboratory Safety