Laboratory and Biosafety Committee
The Laboratory and Biosafety Committee (LBC) is responsible to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and to the Research Integrity Advisory Group (RIAG) for oversight of technical aspects of laboratory safety, radiation safety and biosafety/ biosecurity across the University. It monitors laboratory practices in research and teaching and provides advice on risk assessment and management. The LBC acts as the Institutional Biosafety Committee as required by the Gene Technology Act (Commonwealth) 2000.
The Laboratory and Biosafety Committee is responsible for ensuring that the use of microorganisms and biological materials complies with the relevant legislation. The LBC also provides support and advice on all aspects of biosafety and biosecurity and is responsible for monitoring the safety of laboratory work in research and teaching at Deakin University.
The LBC reviews projects requiring biosafety clearance to ensure compliance with the various legislative bodies and the requirements for laboratory safety. Where required, the LBC will forward these submissions to external legislative organisations for their approval.
Prior to commencing work involving microorganisms or biological materials, submit a Work Safety Assessment to your work supervisor and then the Area Manager (this could be the Laboratory Manager, local Biosafety Officer or equivalent) for approval and sign-off.
The Committee meets six times a year to discuss business, applications and policies. It will consider projects requiring biosafety clearance in accordance with legislation and guidelines set by the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR), Department of Agriculture (DA) Biosecurity, Department of Health and Ageing and other duly constituted bodies. It inspects and monitors Physical Containment (PC1 and PC2) facilities.
Deakin Biosafety provides assistance with biosafety and biosecurity matters including advice or additional information about
- facility inspections or the construction and/or refurbishment of laboratory facilities
- applications for dealings with Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).
Schools/Areas should inspect PC1 and PC2 facilities annually for compliance with the Australian Standard for microbiological safety in laboratories, AS/NZS 2243.3. In addition, OGTR-certified facilities are inspected annually by the Biosafety and Biosecurity Officer. Department of Agriculture (DA) auditors inspect DA Quarantine Approved Premises (QAPs) once or twice a year.