Biological containment laboratories are critical for vaccine development, diagnostic work as well as basic research into human, animal and plant pathogens. Laboratories wishing to operate safely and responsibly must implement management systems that ensure appropriate biorisk controls are identified and implemented.
Biorisk in laboratories encompasses both biosafety and biosecurity, where biosafety involves harm to people and other organisms whereas biosecurity covers the deliberate unauthorised removal of materials. We believe that biosafety and biosecurity are closely interlinked, and that common systems are required to manage both effectively.
These systems include the more traditional technically orientated areas such as facility design or personal protective equipment, but also include areas such as “Management and Organisation”, “Project Management” and “Human Factors” which we believe can provide significant contributions towards controlling biorisks.
Within laboratory biorisk management research theme we currently have the following major projects: