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Chemical Hazards, Biosafety, GMOs, Equipment and Radiation Safety

Your teaching and research must comply with Occupational Health and Safety provisions under the Work Health & Safety Act 2012 (SA) and the Work Health & Safety regulations 2012 (SA).

  • All projects using hazardous chemical compounds or nanomaterials require approval from the UniSA Chemical and Nanomaterials Subcommittee.
  • All activities using hazardous biological material (using or derived from humans, animals, plants or micro-organisms) require approval from the Institutional Biosafety Committee.
  • All activities using genetically modified organisms (GMOs, including exempt dealings) require approval from the Institutional Biosafety Committee.
  • All projects using non-ionising or ionising radiation require approval from the Radiation Safety Committee.
  • All activities using plant, equipment, devices or pressure vessels that are not part of the normal plant, equipment, devices or pressure vessels assessed and managed by the school or institute under its routine Occupational Health Safety and Welfare (OHS&W) responsibilities, require approval from relevant Head of School/Director of Research Institute.

Approval may be required from more than one committee if your project/activity uses a variety of the above subjects/material. (For example, approval must be gained from both HREC and the Radiation Safety Committee if the project subjects participants to an X-ray.)

The University of South Australia Biosafety Manual is now available.

The manual summarises the operation of the University's biosafety management system and provides links to other relevant resources.

This manual will be reviewed and updated periodically so please check here for future versions.

Biosafety Training

The Institutional Biosafety Committee offers a biosafety training session annually, usually in April. All University staff and HDR students who work with biohazardous materials or genetically modified organisms are strongly encouraged to attend this session.

A video recording of the April 2015 training session can be accessed here:

Individual presentations can be viewed at the following intervals:

Session Presenter Video Time
Welcome A/Prof John Hayball (IBC Chair) 0:00 - 2:20
Responsibilities of personnel undertaking biosafety work Dr Meredith Blesing 2:20 - 11:00
Role of the OGTR & IBC: overview of legislative framework A/Prof John Hayball 11:20 - 27:40
Application and approval process for working with biological hazards and GMOs Ms Alex Osis 27:50 - 36:30
Certified Facilities and Training Mr Richard Bennett 37:50 - 56:45
Transport, Storage & Disposal of GMOs Dr Tamara Cooper 57:20 - 1:09:00
Working with GM plants & DIRs Dr Andrew Jacobs 1:09:00 - 1:24:30
New technologies and the Gene Technology Technical Advisory Committee (GTTAC) A/Prof John Hayball 1:26:40 - 1:41:40
Additional approvals: animal Ethics, radiation, chemical Hazards, import permits Dr Meredith Blesing 1:42:00 - 1:52:10
Non-Conformance: Animals Mrs Jayne Skinner 1:52: 30 - 2:08:33