- For teaching or research involving biological hazards involving pathogenic organisms of Risk Group 3 or 4 of the Australian Standards, please contact Associate Professor John Hayball
- Ethics & Governance Services
Biosafety covers the proper use of biologically hazardous material. Biological hazards include any biological or pathogenic agent, substance or material (living or non-living) that may pose a threat to the health and safety of the researcher, participants, community or environment, or needs special precautions to be taken in their use or storage.
- You are required to consider biosafety, health and safety issues related to your teaching or research and comply with the legislative and regulatory requirements.
If your work involves pathogenic substances in Risk Group 3 or 4 (AS/NZS2243.3) you must apply for approval. Access AS/NZS2243.3 via the SAI Global online public database via the UniSA Library
You must gain approval from the Institutional Biosafety Committee prior to commencing teaching or research involving the use of biological hazardous material.
Policies and guidelines
Refer to University policy RES 4.3
- Apply by completing the Biological Hazards Application Form (79.5KB Word doc - Updated November 2012)
- For applications involving Level 1 or Level 2 Infectious Agents, also submit the Infectious Dealing Risk Management Form (99.3KB Word.doc - Updated December 2012)
Completed application forms including all
must be submitted to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Once you submit your application, feedback (which might include the requirement that your application be considered by a full Institutional Biosafety Committee meeting) will take a maximum of 10 working days. Please contact the IBC Executive Officer if you have not had a response within this timeframe.
Imported biological products must have an Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) permit for importation and AQIS approval for transfer to another institution.
Security Sensitive Biological Agents
Important Note: There are no facilities within South Australia currently available to undertake research using SSBAs.
For Biological Hazards applications involving the use of Security Sensitive Biological Agents (SSBA), please check the SSBA website (Department of Health and Ageing), and SSBA newsletters (published monthly).
- Guideline 3: Handling a person or animal, or samples from a person or animal, affected by a security sensitive biological agent (SSBA) (Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, Release Date October 2011) (PDF file, 191kb)