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Laboratory and Biosafety Committee (LBC) Forms and Guidelines

Forms, guidelines and regulations

OHS Biosafety guidelines

There are number of biosafety issues with general applicability across the University. Specific guidelines are available on:

There are number of guidelines that apply specifically to managers, staff and students that purchase, transport, handle, generate, store and dispose of hazardous biological materials. These guidelines fall into the following groups:

Emergency Procedures

Safe Work Practices

  • Infection control (68 KB)
    • handling of human blood, blood products and other body fluids (for undergraduate practical notes-all years)
    • notes for courses where finger prick blood samples are taken
    • notes for demonstrators, course co-ordinators and technical staff on handling blood and other related materials
    • notes for persons handling human body fluids and tissues
    • notes for persons authorised for venipuncture in humans

Risk Assessments

Under the Victorian OHS Act any person who controls or manages matters that give rise or may give rise to risks to health or safety are responsible for eliminating or reducing those risks so far as is reasonably practicable. In the absence of specific OHS requirements covering biosafety this general duty applies. The normal way to control risk is through carrying out a risk assessment before potentially hazardous work is carried out. The following general risk assessment should be modified as necessary to meet the particular situation or process it is being applied to. Further advice can be sought from the Biosafety and Biosecurity Office or the OHS Unit .

Government Regulations and Guidelines

Codes of Practice

Classification of biosafety hazards

Where possible the Australian Standard should be used to determine the hazard class for each microbiological agent

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23rd June 2011