Health and Safety

To obtain an in-depth understanding of health and safety issues both locally and nationally in order to practise safely in a laboratory and in a clinical or other setting, and to advise on safe practice

To obtain an understanding of risk assessment for dealing with category 3 and 4 pathogens and be familiar with the requirements for handling of such pathogens and of patients potentially infected with them.

Outline the current legislative framework underpinning Health & Safety (H&S) at work.

Explain basic laboratory hazards and precautions against them.

Explain principles of universal precautions, hazard groups and containment levels.

Explain infection-prevention and control risk assessment procedures.

Work safely in a laboratory at appropriate Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens (ACDP) level, including the use of appropriate sterilisation, disinfection and waste disposal techniques.

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