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*** This course contributes to the Royal Society of Biology's Technical Skills Certificate and Industry Skills Certificate

A course for those working in biological containment laboratories


Health and Safety is a vital aspect of laboratory work where individuals are exposed to biological, chemical and physical hazards. As well and keeping yourself and others safe, there are also legal requirements for health and safety in the laboratory, including COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health).

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) state that “All workers are entitled to work in environments where risks to their health and safety are properly controlled. Under health and safety law, the primary responsibility for this is down to employers."

Course content

This course will be delivered over Zoom. The morning session will address the essentials of risk assessment, focusing in particular on the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations, and will also include aspects of spills management in laboratories. The afternoon session will focus on two further aspects of health and safety management: accident investigation, and audits and safety inspections.

Who is the course for?

This one-day training course will be of particular interest to practitioners working in biological containment laboratories, and also for those keen to acquire skills that are relevant for career progression to supervisory and laboratory management roles.

Course tutor

Lindsay Murray is a graduate microbiologist, Chartered Scientist, Chartered Biologist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, with more than 30 years of practical experience in clinical and teaching laboratories. He is currently a health & safety manager at The University of Edinburgh's College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine, and has obtained numerous qualifications in occupational health and safety.

Certification and Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

A certificate of attendance will be provided after the event.
We evaluate all of our training events, to make sure that we maintain a high quality of training.

This event has been approved by the Royal Society of Biology for purposes of CPD and can be counted as 15 CPD points.

Professional Registers

This course supports registers competencies and has been identified as supporting competency development for: Registered Scientist (RSci).
Competency area:
  • Application of knowledge and understanding


Members - £120 + VAT
Non-members - £240 + VAT

Get in touch with to access these rates:
  • Members of Member Organisations, SCAS members - £180 + VAT
  • Non-members who have completed a membership application and made payment - £120 + 20% VAT.


For further information about the course please contact Emily Lunn, training and registers officer, at or on 020 3925 3447.

Special requirements

If you have accessibility requirements, please let us know during your booking, and we will do what we can to accommodate your needs.


Unfortunately, the Royal Society of Biology is unable to offer refunds on training courses that have been attended. We do, of course, welcome and encourage any feedback from a course and will continue to improve the services we offer. 

Terms and Conditions

By booking to attend this event, you are confirming you have agreed to the RSB's Terms and Conditions which can be found here.