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Faculty deliberate work


Deliberate work in a faculty with hazardous biological materials

So now you have decided that your work is ‘deliberate’ – and you will handle or manipulate hazardous biological materials themselves. In other words, you will grow microorganisms, tissue cultures, plant cell culture of GMOs  or similar in a research laboratory.

Please read the following documents – if you are not sure, or if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact Biological Safety at

Definitions - Explanations of some of the key terms you’ll find in these documents.

Standard - The core of the protocol, this sets out what the University expects to happen – although how you achieve it is up to you.

Procedure for risk assessing and obtaining approval - lists the procedure which must be followed for deliberate work.

Flowchart for procedure for risk assessing and obtaining approval - gives a visual impression of the procedure you must follow.

Roles and actions - general. What should you do?

Roles and actions - Academic Tutors and Line Managers. What should you do?

Deliberate work risk assessment form

Guidance - how to fill in the risk assessment form

Extra guidance - helpful, optional background information.

Staff A-Z

Faculty Deliberate Work Downloads