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Category: Bio safety

Biosafety: concepts and working practices at containment level 3 – Buxton, 29 February-4 March 2016

Thursday, January 28, 2016

This course on working in and with a microbiological containment level 3 facility, will comprise a number of modules using a combination of interactive theory, practical and workshop training.

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GMO Public Register Report – updated

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Genetically Modified Organisms (Contained Use) Regulations 2014 requires the competent authority to maintain a public register of information about all notifications concerning contained use. This contains information on premises and individual contained uses, the purpose of individual contained uses and the characteristics of the GMOs involved.

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HSG280 – Guidance for licence holders on the containment and control of specified animal pathogens

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

On 1 April 2015, HSE became the licensing authority for issuing Specified Animal Pathogens Order (SAPO) licences, in addition to being responsible for inspection and enforcement. This guidance is aimed at SAPO licence holders, users and biosafety professionals. It describes the containment and control measures and related management arrangements which must be applied.

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Free-to-download Safety Wizard app

Friday, February 20, 2015

A developer has launched a free-to-download health and safety app to help small to medium-sized businesses (SMEs) manage common workplace risks. The ‘SME Safety Wizard app’ is structured around HSE’s Toolbox guidance.

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Change is Inevitable – Safety Management is Critical! – Manchester, 19-20 November 2014

Friday, October 3, 2014

A two-day symposium organised by The Institute of Safety in Technology and Research (ISTR). With a full programme and speakers from a variety of organisations, including HSE.

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L29 – The Genetically Modified Organisms Regulations 2014: Guidance on Regulations

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Genetically Modified Organisms (Contained Use) Regulations 2014 came into force on 1 October 2014. Changes have been made to the fifth edition of L29 to reflect the legislative changes to the 2014 Regulations, to simplify and clarify the text and to take account of advances in technology.

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Make an impact – Influence safety management with a career in HSE

Friday, September 19, 2014

The work we do at the HSE has a positive and far-reaching impact on UK industrial safety. Explore this site to learn more about the Specialist roles we’re offering.

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L29 – The GMO Regulations 2014: Guidance on regulations (draft copy)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The fifth edition of the guidance provides practical advice to help dutyholders comply with their legal duties in relation to working with GMOs in contained facilities, and will apply from 1 October 2014 when the new regulations come into force. A draft version is currently available and can be downloaded for free.

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Genetically Modified Organisms – what’s new about the 2014 regulations?

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Genetically Modified Organisms (Contained Use) Regulations 2014 will come into force on 1 October 2014. The 2014 Regulations will consolidate and revoke the 2000 regulations and its three sets of amending regulations (2002, 2005 and 2010). Information on what you need to do, plus a table detailing the legislative changes, is now available.

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Research facility fined for foot-and-mouth experiment failings

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A world-renowned animal disease research facility in Surrey has been fined for shortcomings in the management of safety during experiments with cattle deliberately infected with the foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV).

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HSE unveils changes to reporting requirements

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has formally implemented changes to simplify the mandatory reporting of workplace injuries for businesses.

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Managing for health and safety

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

HSE has launched new online guidance to help make it easier for larger organisations and businesses to understand how to manage health and safety. Managing for health and safety replaces Successful health and safety management (known to many as HSG65) refreshing and enhancing the existing content.

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Specialist engineer and scientist jobs in HSE

Friday, July 19, 2013

HSE has a number of job opportunities for specialist engineers to advise and regulate health and safety within the high hazard industry. We offer a real opportunity to influence and improve safety across a wide range of activities both on and offshore.

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Job vacancies – Specialist Engineers and Scientist required

Thursday, May 2, 2013

We would like to hear from you if you are enthused by the prospect of a positive career move that offers daily interest, stretch, development, recognition and significant rewards. Bring us your proven expertise and you will make a key contribution to a world leading and benchmark setting safety regulator operating in a government-prioritised area.

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HSE brings crown censure against AHVLA

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA), an executive agency of DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), has been censured for safety failings relating to the control of biological agents at facilities in Devon and Surrey.

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Trust fined after employees are exposed to TB bacteria

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust has been fined for safety failings after employees were exposed to a potentially deadly strain of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (TB) bacteria when a test vial smashed in a specialist laboratory.

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RR944 – Synthetic biology: A review of the technology, and current and future needs from the regulatory framework in Great Britain

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Synthetic biology has been described as “the design and construction of new biological parts, devices, and systems, and the re-design of existing, natural biological systems for useful purposes”. Potential applications include more efficient or inexpensive drug production and developing new renewable energy sources, micro-organisms for environmental remediation of pollutants, and biosensors to detect infections in […]

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RR919 – Human factors that lead to non-compliance with standard operating procedures

Thursday, May 17, 2012

This report presents results from the Health and Safety Laboratory’s study on the Human Factors that lead to non-compliance with Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in Containment Level 3 (CL3) laboratories.

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Legionella and Legionnaires’ disease – Controlling risks from manmade water systems

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Guidance on Legionella and how to control risks from exposure to Legionella from manmade water systems. It will help employers and those with responsibility for the control of premises understand what their duties are and how to comply with health and safety law.

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Blood-borne viruses eBulletin – subscribe for updates

Friday, May 4, 2012

Subscribe to Blood-borne viruses ebulletin newsletter for ‘free’ regular email news and updates.

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