Biological agents generally refer to living organisms or their products capable of causing ill health effects to humans. The handling of animals, microorganisms, DNAs, and clinical specimens, etc. in the laboratories are sources of exposure to biological agents. In this regard, laboratory personnel should follow relevant guidelines and safety precautions when handling biological agents.
In PolyU, personnel must have attended training in biological safety (either via online or classroom training) and passed an online test before they are allowed to work with biological agents. They should exercise relevant biological safety measures and precautions based on the biohazardous natures of the biological agents to be handled. These include good microbiological techniques, the use of biosafety equipment and personal protective equipment, as well as proper disposal of biological or clinical waste.
For research projects involving use of biological agents, the Principal Investigators shall obtain Biological Safety Approval from the Research Safety Sub-committee before commencement of research works. Research personnel should also observe certain biological safety related legislations related to the import of biological agents, the handling of genetically modified organisms in open areas, and the disposal of clinical waste.
Related Policies / Guidelines
- Prevention and Control of Disease Regulation (Cap. 599A)
- The Genetically Modified Organisms (Control of Release) Ordinance, Cap. 607
- Animals (Control of Experiments) Ordinance (Cap. 340)
- Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories, 6th edition (US CDC)
Risk Group Classification for Infectious Agents
- 3400 8418
- 3400 8390