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Fenwick room, Castle Leazes, Spital Tongues, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4NY

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."

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.

What does the course cover?

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 trainer?

The trainer, Lindsay Murray, is a graduate microbiologist, Chartered Scientist, Chartered Biologist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, with more than thirty 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.

How this course supports registers competencies: This course has been identified as supporting competency development for: Registered Scientist (RSci) and Registered Science Technician (RSciTech).
Competency area:
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Professional Practice


Members - £60+ VAT
Members of Member Organisations, SCAS members - £75 + VAT
Non-members - £150 + VAT

Non-members who have completed a membership application and made payment can also benefit from the discounted member rate.


For further information about the course please contact our Training and Development Officer at or on 020 7685 2578

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation with over 10 working days' notice = 100% refund, less 25% admin fee
Cancellation with 5-10 working days' notice = 50% refund, less 25% admin fee
Cancellation with less than 5 working days' notice = 0% refund

The Royal Society of Biology reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a training event up to 10 working days before the event is due to take place. A full refund will be issued.

If the Royal Society of Biology is required to cancel or reschedule a training event with under 10 working days' notice due to unforeseen circumstances, a full refund will be issued and 50% of attendee prepaid travel will be compensated.

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