Cell Biology Lab - Health and Safety

From CellBiology


Links: SOMS H&S | Cell Biology Lab - Health and Safety

Laboratory Induction

Before you can complete a laboratory OHS Induction, you will need to have completed UNSW Safety training courses.


UNSW HS Courses

  • Appropriate training is required before laboratory induction and experimental work can commence.
  • Training required is outlined in the document SOMS Training descriptions PDF

In Cell Biology Laboratory the following courses are currently applicable to different projects.

All courses require registration and the current timetable shows course availability.

UNSW Links: OHS Training Courses | OHS Training Courses

Laboratory Induction

  • The laboratory induction process will take approximately 30 - 45 minutes.
    • Appropriate laboratory clothing and closed toe shoes should be worn.
  • You will need additional time following induction to become familiar with specific OHS safety issues.
  • The first time any laboratory procedures are undertaken should be directly supervised.
  • Please ensure your laboratory manual has written protocols and procedures that you will follow for your experiments.
  • Your laboratory induction will work through the form check list OHS induction checklist for academic supervisors of research students (PDF - 93KB)
  • On completion of the induction both student and supervisor will sign and you should retain a copy of the form with your ILP documents.
  • The OHS links below are to specific resources that you should read or use as part of your follow up to induction training.

OHS Links: OHS induction checklist for academic supervisors of research students (PDF - 93KB) | SOMS OHS | Evacuation Map | Emergency Personnel | OHS Training | Safe Working Procedures | Risk Assessments | Acts and Standards | Policies, Guidelines and Procedures | Chem Alert

PC2 OGTR Laboratory

  • Before commencing work in the SOMS PC2 OGTR Laboratory you will need to complete the appropriate UNSW OHS Courses and the Laboratory induction.
  • All work in the laboratory needs to be entered in the PC2 Laboratory Log Book. Autoclaving of all biological waste also requires inclusion of monitor and entry in the PC2 Laboratory Log Book.
    • PC2 Laboratory Log Book is the blue diary located on the bench with computers.
  • For tissue culture work the class 2 Biohoods need to be booked using the BioHood Booking Calendar
  • The current SOMS Biological Safety Supervisor is Dr Gilles Guillemin.

PC2 Links: PC2 OGTR Lab Information | SOMS Biological Safety Supervisor | BioHood Booking Calendar

Chemicals (MSDS)

  • I have prepared a separate page ILP MSDS where you should list links to all chemicals you potentially may use in your current project.
  • UNSW subscribes to the Chem Alert database. Use your student ID and Unipass for log-in.
  • There are several different additional MSDS databases available. Please note that some information may differ from country to country.

MSDS Links: Chem Alert | USA PubChem

Universal Precautions

  • When dealing with biological materials, in particular human specimens, are a set of precautions designed to prevent transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B virus (HBV), and other bloodborne pathogens when providing first aid or health care. These precautions should also be used when carrying out basic research on these tissues.
  • Universal precautions involve the use of protective barriers (PPE, personal protective equipment) such as gloves, gowns, aprons, masks, or protective eyewear, which can reduce the risk of exposure of the health care worker's skin or mucous membranes to potentially infective materials. In addition, under universal precautions, it is recommended that all health care workers take precautions to prevent injuries caused by needles, scalpels, and other sharp instruments or devices.


Links: CDC Universal Precautions for Prevention of Transmission of HIV and Other Bloodborne Infections


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