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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.

Register now for the Biosafety Training Course
Thursday 16 April 2015

The University of South Australia's Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is offering a half-day biosafety training course on Thursday 16 April, 2015. All University staff and HDR students who work with biohazardous materials or genetically modified organisms are strongly encouraged to attend this session.

Topics to be covered will be:

  • When and how to apply for IBC approval
  • Microbiological risk groups and classifications of GMO dealings
  • Physical containment levels and certified facilities
  • Behavioural requirements for working with biohazards and Risk Group 2 organisms
  • Transport, storage & disposal of GMO's

  • REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Please register via the ONLINE FORM
    Time: 9:30am - 12:30pm (sign in at the reception desk from 9:00am). Morning tea provided.
    Location: Basil Hetzel Lecture Theatre (H2-02), UniSA City East Campus
    Enquiries: please contact the UniSA Biosafety Officer: biosafety@unisa.edu.au