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Biological Safety Cabinets (All Classes) for Users

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 1-day training course provides information on the correct and safe use of Class I, II and III BSCs in accordance with the UK and European legal framework (including EN 12469:2000).

This course combines instructor-led lectures held in an in-house modern conference suite and hands-on demonstrations and exercises in a dedicated training laboratory equipped with a Class I/III hybrid and Class II BSCs.

This course is designed primarily for laboratory staff who use Class I, II and III 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 for this course is £395 + VAT per person, invoiced and payable before attendance.
  • Duration: This course will be delivered over 1 day at The Pirbright Institute, Ash Road, Pirbright, Woking, Surrey, GU24 0NF, UK and will run from 09:00 to 17:00.
  • Language: The course will be delivered in English and conclude with a written assessment.
  • Certificate: A certificate of completion will be awarded to those passing the assessment.
  • Maximum capacity: Limited to 6 participants.

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, II and III 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

Please contact Pirbright.Training@pirbright.ac.uk to express interest and to discuss your requirements.


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