Each accordion section below contains information about sources of biosafety training. Read the Biosafety Awareness Statement to learn about all Curtin’s biosafety systems, and refer to the Australian Standard as the definitive work.
Australian/New Zealand Standard 2243.3:2010 Safety in laboratories Part 3: Microbiological safety and containment.
When you are looking for information about biosafety and microbiological lab safety, the “Australian/New Zealand Standard 2243.3:2010 Safety in laboratories Part 3: Microbiological safety and containment”, is your first source of information.
It is the Standard that all of Australia is using to describe the management of biohazards of all kinds, all of Curtin’s biosafety systems have been developed from this Standard, and you should always refer to it for guidance.
Curtin staff and students have access to the Standard through the Curtin Library online. Look in the Library Databases, under ‘S’ for ‘Standards Australia on-line premium’. This will lead you to SAI Global, which you can search for ‘2243.3:2010’ to get the Standard.
Curtin has several licences to access SAI Global, but remember to log out when you have finished working, so that other users can access the database. If you can’t get into the Standard, it may be because other users are using all Curtin’s access licences. Wait a few minutes and try again. Your downloaded copy of the Standard will self-erase after a couple of days, and you will need to go back to SAI Global to get another copy each time you need it.
The Biosafety Awareness Statement [.docx – 68kB] is a few pages long, and informs you about all the biosafety systems that you need to comply with at Curtin if you want to work with genetically modified organisms, quarantined materials, microorganisms in Risk Groups 2 and 3, tissues or body fluids from humans or animals, or any living creatures that could harm you while you study them, or damage local ecosystems.
It contains the full set of information in the feedback from the Biosafety Section of the Hazard Identification Tool (HIT).
If you work with Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), or within a research facility Certified by the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR), then you need to complete the compulsory Gene Technology Training. This training is given every second month by the IBC Chair, Dr Rob Steuart.
The date and time will be advertised by Facility Managers and School Managers in the biosciences areas, so keep your eyes open for that email announcement.
Alternatively, get a group together and request a special session, which will be given by the IBC Chair or the Biosafety Advisor Dr Bernadette Bradley.
Approved Arrangement Accredited Person training is available online from the Department of Agriculture.
The training is mandatory for the Responsible Persons who manage Approved Arrangement quarantine facilities, and for holders of Import Permits.
The course costs $88 and requires credit card payment.
There are various free training courses available online from non-Curtin sources, including:
The American Biological Safety Association has four videos about Animal Biosafety.
The Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory has a video about working safely in a Class II Biological Safety Cabinet.