Biology students have to work with hazardous substances in laboratories or special workshops during courses which are part of their basic training. Furthermore, students often have to work in various laboratories which have different working methods when doing thesis work. Students therefore need to have a basic knowledge of industrial and laboratory safety before being briefed on the specific safety and job requirements of individual laboratories. The seminar entitled ‘Introduction to the principles of laboratory safety’ was the first of its kind held at the Faculty of Food Sciences. Its aim is to give students a comprehensive overview of the specific hazards encountered in a biology/biochemistry laboratory. The urgent need for such training came about as a result of the increasing volume of regulations such as those pertaining to work with genetically engineered organisms.
Level of Education: Continuing vocational education and training
Lead Organisation: University of Vienna