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Biological Safety Cabinets (Class I and Class II) for Users: eLearning

Biological Safety Cabinets (BSCs) are one of the most biosafety-critical items of equipment in any biological laboratory. When used correctly, BSCs reduce the risk arising from handling of hazardous biological agents by protecting the operator and the environment from exposure to infectious aerosols. This eLearning course provides information on the correct and safe use of open-fronted BSCs (Class I and Class II) in accordance with the UK and European legal framework (including EN 12469:2000). NOTE: This course does not discuss operation of class III BSCs.

This course is designed primarily for laboratory staff who use Class I and Class II BSCs in their day-to-day work in a biomedical setting (diagnostic or research).

Topics include

  • Principles of BSC operation
  • Ergonomics of use
  • Monitoring of operation
  • Good working practices
  • Cleaning and decontamination
  • Emergency procedures

What you need to know

  • Cost: The cost of this course is £130, fees are payable via PayPal, Visa or Mastercard (local taxes will be added where applicable).
  • Duration: The course is expected to take a minimum of 2.5 hours to complete. Once purchased, access to the online material is available for 30 days and can be studied in your own time.
  • Language: The course will be delivered in English and conclude with an assessment.
  • Certificate: A certificate of completion will be awarded to those passing the assessment.

Course pre-requisites

Basic experience of working within biological laboratories is recommended.

Learning objectives

On completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain how Class I and Class II BSCs work
  • Describe good BSC operator posture
  • Explain how to monitor day-to-day BSC operation
  • Demonstrate good operator practices
  • Explain how to clean and decontaminate BSCs
  • Describe a procedure to be followed in case of various BSC emergencies (including a spill)

Detailed learning objectives can be provided on request, please contact pirbright.training@pirbright.ac.uk.

About the trainers

Training in biosafety processes is led by Adrian K Zagrajek. Adrian joined Pirbright Training in 2020 to develop and deliver specialist training courses aimed at biosafety professionals who oversea operation of biological containment facilities. Previously, Adrian spent 5 years working as a research scientist studying vector competence for human hazard group 3 viruses (e.g. chikungunya, dengue, Rift Valley fever). During this time, Adrian was involved in management of several high containment facilities.

Adrian holds a PhD in Infection and Immunity (Virology) from the University of Edinburgh. He is a Member and a registered Biosafety Practitioner of the Institute of Safety in Technology and Research (ISTR). Adrian develops all biosafety-related courses in collaboration with subject matter experts from the Health, Safety and Biosafety (HSBS) Team of The Pirbright Institute.

How to apply

To purchase this course please email pirbright.training@pirbright.ac.uk. Our training team will be in contact with you to arrange access to our online learning portal where you will be able to purchase the course using PayPal, Visa or Mastercard.

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