Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering

Short Courses (CPD)

Short Courses (CPD)

About the Course

Biosafety Engineering and Occupational Health

Reducing the risk to health and safety in workplaces and the wider community.

Find out how biological hazards in biopharmaceutical processes can lead to health and safety risks. Develop the competency to design, engineer and operate inherently safer plants involving biological agents.

You'll discover how chemicals, biological entities and environmental factors can lead to ill health and threats to safety. You'll be able to design and implement engineering controls and safe working systems and practices. You'll be able to ensure a safe and healthy environment for employees and the community.

This course is also delivered on at least one of the Faculty's Masters programmes at Newcastle University in Singapore, and you will attend alongside full and part time registered students. If you elect to study the full Masters' programme after completing the module, this is an available option for you.

Course dates
  • Monday 1 February - Friday 18 June 2021 (duration 49 hours): dates not confirmed

Teaching is delivered in the evenings.

To find out more and book a place, email newriis.research@ncl.ac.uk.

Objectives and Outline

Biosafety Engineering and Occupational Health

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, you'll be able to:

  • explain how the escape of biological agents can cause health risks to employees and the community
  • describe the regulatory requirements for containing and controlling biological agents
  • understand how occupational exposure to hazards can lead to disease, injury and ill health

You'll be able to evaluate and identify the difference between acute and chronic toxicity. You'll be able to describe and explain fatigue, psychological and social stress in human behaviour.

Course Outline

  1. Introduction to biological hazards involving microorganisms, animal cells and tissues, genetically modified organisms and viruses.
  2. Biological agent group classification and legislation governing biological agents.
  3. Dispersion of microorganisms and route of infection.
  4. Analytical methods for detecting and identifying biological agents.
  5. Aseptic techniques, contamination control and containment.
  6. Thermal inactivation, disinfection, irradiation and other contamination control methods.
  7. Inherently safer bioreactor design and operation.
  8. Occupational health associated with exposure to chemicals, dust, and physical hazards such as electromagnetic hazards, noise, vibration, heat, working at height, extreme conditions and confined spaces, and manual handling.
  9. Acute and chronic toxicology, LD, LC, lethal dose and TLVs STELs.
  10. Fatigue, psychological and social stres.
  11. Biomedical health measurement techniques.
  12. Human factor and organisational behaviour when exposed to extreme working conditions.
  13. Occupied building and safe building design and operation including industrial hygiene, ventilation, containment, safety appliances, personal protection equipment and ergonomics.
  14. Safe System of Work
Course dates
  • Monday 1 February - Friday 18 June 2021 (duration 49 hours): dates not confirmed

Teaching is delivered in the evenings.

To find out more and book a place, email newriis.research@ncl.ac.uk.

Further Information

Biosafety Engineering and Occupational Health

Academic Module Outline

This course is also delivered as a Module (code NUS8103) on at least one of the Faculty's Masters programmes, the majority of which can be studied part time, making them suitable for those in employment. You will attend with full and part time registered students. The Academic Module Outline is available via the University's Module Catalogue.

Course Materials

During the course, you will be able to access course materials electronically using the University Wifi. We suggest that you bring a laptop or tablet with PDF viewer if you wish to refer to the notes during the course. Please ensure that you make sure your electronic device is fully charged, as access to charging points may be limited within the lecture rooms.

Update to Course Content

Please note that our courses are reviewed regularly, both in response to feedback and so that information about recent research and developments can be included. Thus, content may be subject to change.

Presenters

Biosafety Engineering and Occupational Health

Presenters

Newcastle University

Fees

Biosafety Engineering and Occupational Health

Fees

  • Biosafety Engineering and Occupational Health
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The course fee includes tuition and course materials.

Contact the team in Singapore for information about cancellation and refund of fees.

Formal assessment may be available for this Course. Assessment usually attracts an additional fee. Delegates will be issued with a transcript and Certificate of Credit Achieved. More details are available from the Singapore team.

To find out more and book a place, email newriis.research@ncl.ac.uk.