Full course description
This course is an introduction to the principles of biosafety, how to work safely with biological agents, microorganisms and genetic modified organisms in laboratory.
In Hospitals and (Biomedical) Science biological materials (micro-organisms, eukaryotic cells, tissues, body fluids, faeces…) are intensively used in both basic research and diagnostics. In many situations these biological materials are genetically modified or originated from genetic modified organisms.
The biological materials can be pathogenic and therefore one should know the rules how to handle these material in a safe way to avoid any harm to yourself or the environment. For working with genetic modified organisms additional legislation applies. In this course the importance of working safely and responsibly with biological materials and genetically modified materials are stressed.
Guidelines and regulation, decontamination and disinfection, disposal and sterilization, facility and equipment design will be discussed.
During the practical assignments the participants can train some basic biosafety principles for proper handling of microorganisms. In the case studies some realistic laboratory situations are depicted by which the participants are forced to think about how to handle these situations in a (bio) safe way.
If you have passed the course successfully you can perform microbiological work at Biosafety/Microbiological laboratory Level I (BSL-I/ML-I)
- know the principles of biosafety
- know the general biosafety rules and be able to work according to them
- know the legislation related to (genetic modified)microorganism
- know how to handle when spills/incidents occur