Manage Biological Risks
The University of Canterbury uses biological material in research and teaching activities. The University has procedures and policies in place that:
- Prevents harm to people
- Protects the environment
- Ensures the security of any potential biological contaminants
These are set out in the Protocol: Biological Hazards (insert link)
University of Canterbury is committed to meeting all standards and complying with all relevant legislation and regulations. Research and teaching facilities are managed and maintained to ensure compliance with:
- Biosecurity Act 1993
- Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (HSNO) Act 1996 (for importation of new organisms)
- Animal Welfare Act 1999
- Dangerous Goods Transport Regulations
- AS/NZS 2243.3:2010 Safety in Laboratories Part 3: Microbiological Safety and Containment
Detailed requirements for the safe use and containment of biological materials and microorganisms are kept by each department.
Specific roles, responsibilities and requirements are set out in the MPI approved Containment and Quarantine Manuals held by each department.
A key role in managing biological hazards at University of Canterbury is the Biological Compliance Officer (BCO).
The BCO should be contacted for advice for the following:
- Importing Biological Materials
- Conducting Biological Hazard Management Audits
- Advice on training requirements for dealing with Biological Hazards.