Biosafety training for researchers
Biohazard Laboratory Practice
If you work with potentially hazardous biological agents or material (including GMOs and imported biosecurity controlled goods), you must complete Biohazard Laboratory Practice before you commence work, then every three years thereafter as a minimum requirement.
The Biohazard Laboratory Practice (BLP) training presentation and quiz are accessed through University's Learning Management System (LMS). You will need to self-enrol in the Biohazard Laboratory Practice Community following these instructions:
How to self-enrol in the ‘Biohazard Laboratory Practice’ Community:
- Log into the LMS with your username and password: http://lms.unimelb.edu.au
- Click on ‘Communities’ (at top of page)
- Click ‘self-enrol’ (on the right hand side, inside the ‘What is a Community?’ box)
- Type ‘Biohazard Laboratory Practice’ in the search box at the top and click the ‘Go’ box
- Hover the mouse over COM_01066, click the drop-down menu and click on ‘Enrol’; click the ‘Submit’ box.
- You will now see the ‘Biohazard Laboratory Practice' community listed on your ‘Home' and ‘Community' tabs whenever you log into the LMS. You can then click the link to enter the community.
If you are not a University of Melbourne student or staff member, you may not have access to the LMS. In this case, please contact REI to arrange enrolment.
If your work involves certified biological materials (GMOs or imported goods) additional training must also be completed, prior to commencing work with these agents. Refer to the Gene Technology and Biosecurity training pages for more information.
Biological Safety Cabinet (BSC) safe use
This 17 minute video on 'Working Safely in a class II Biological Safety Cabinet' provides information on how to protect yourself, your work and the environment (including others in the laboratory). Made by WHO Collaborating Centre for Biosafety in Microbiology, VIDRL in 2007. We strongly recommend this video for researchers who use a class II BSC for their work.
A 5 minute BSC refresher video is also available.
Safe Transport of Infectious Substances by Air
Required if you transport dangerous goods (e.g. infectious substances, diagnostic specimens) by air. NB “transport” includes packing, marking, labelling or completing paperwork (e.g. declarations). Initially and then every two years.
- Class 2.2 (e.g. liquid nitrogen)
- Class 3 (e.g. methanol, ethanol, formaldehyde solutions)
- Class 6.2 (e.g. infectious or biological substances, patient specimens)
- Class 9 (e.g. dry ice, GMOs)
Training is available to University of Melbourne personnel through the Civil Aviation Academy Australasia (CAAA).
If you work with hazards such as:
- compressed gases
- radioactive substances
- hazardous waste
You can request this training from Health and Safety.