Biological agents: Managing the risks -ACDP/HSE guidance
Biological agents: Managing the risks in laboratories and healthcare premises provides guidance on duties under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) as they relate to biological agents (micro-organisms/infection risks). The guidance covers work in all types of laboratories where biological agents are handled. This includes research, teaching, clinical, forensic, veterinary and environmental laboratories. It covers both deliberate use of biological agents and work with material that contains or could contain biological agents; and work with infected patients in human and animal healthcare settings. The guidance includes:
- guidance on some general health and safety issues, such as health and safety management, that are applicable to all the relevant workplaces.
- an overview of the assessment and management of risks from biological agents
- more specific guidance on assessment and management of work involving infected patients in human and animal healthcare settings.
- work in laboratories where biological agents are intentionally handled eg propagation and concentration.
- work in laboratories where potentially infectious material is handled.
In addition to COSHH this guidance also provides advice on duties in other health and safety legislation as it relates to work with biological agents, including, The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations and The Carriage of Dangerous Goods (Classification, Packaging and Labelling) Regulations and The Genetically Modified Organisms (Contained Use) Regulations.