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Biological Safety Cabinets for Biosafety Professionals and Laboratory Managers

Biological Safety Cabinets (BSCs) are one of the most biosafety-critical items of equipment in any biological laboratory. When used and maintained 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 2-day comprehensive training course provides information on the correct and safe use and operation of Class I, II and III BSCs in accordance with the UK and European legal framework (including including EN 12469:2000 and BS 5726:2005).

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 health, safety and biosafety professionals and facility managers who:

  • Seek to gain comprehensive knowledge of BSC use and operation.
  • Are involved in planning, designing, commissioning or upgrading biomedical facilities.

Topics include:

  • Principles of BSC design and operation
  • Air extraction systems (hard-ducted, recirculatory, thimble and by-pass)
  • Installation and commissioning
  • Testing and validation requirements
  • Ergonomics of use
  • Monitoring of operation
  • Good working practices
  • Cleaning and decontamination (including fumigation)
  • Emergency procedures.

What you need to know

  • Cost: The cost for this course is £795 + VAT per person, invoiced and payable before attendance.
  • Duration: This course will be delivered over 2 days 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
  • Compare hard-ducted, thimble, by-pass and recirculatory BSCs
  • Describe the process of installation and commissioning
  • Describe requirements for BSC testing and validation
  • Describe good BSC operator posture
  • Explain how to monitor BSC operation
  • Demonstrate good operator practices
  • Explain how to clean, decontaminate and fumigate 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

How to apply

For this course we offer an open schedule of four courses each year. To secure a place on an open course, please see our instructor led course calendar for available dates and email Our training team will then get in contact with you to confirm a date for the course with you and arrange payment.

If your organisation has a group of between three and six that would prefer to attend a specific date at The Pirbright Institute, then please do contact to discuss your requirements, and we will be happy to help.

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.

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