Health and safety in the laboratory and field
Health and safety in the laboratory and field

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Health and safety in the laboratory and field

8.3 Genetically modified material

8.3.1 Genetic modification

You must ensure that your department is registered for genetic modification work.

All new GM projects must be submitted to the departmental GM Safety Committee (GMSC) on a GM Risk Assessment form for approval before commencement of the work.

The GM labs will be identified and the following procedures should be followed:

  1. Wear laboratory coat and gloves.

  2. Decontaminate all liquid waste by adding Virkon powder to a concentration of 1%, mix, leave for a minimum of 10 minutes and dispose via the drains with copious amounts of water.

  3. Dispose of all solid waste in autoclave bags in the grey bins provided and then by autoclaving and then via the clinical waste route.

  4. There is a weekly autoclave run – see the Biological Safety Adviser for details.

  5. Training in the use of the autoclave will be given by BRU staff.

  6. Spillage must be contained by absorbent material and disinfected appropriately, based on the GM Risk Assessment form.

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