RESEARCH LABORATORIES

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Biosafety .

Only work with Risk Group 1 or Risk Group 2 microorganisms may be carried out within the Faculty of Pharmacy, and only within an appropriate facility. All work with microorganisms must be in accordance with the PC1 or PC2 requirements of AS2243.3 – Safety in laboratories: Part 3 Microbiological aspects and containment facilities.
All work involving genetically modified organisms (GMOs) must be approved by the University of Sydney Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC). The appropriate application forms must be submitted to the IBC & you must have received written approval from the IBC prior to commencing work. Some work with GMOs will be required to be undertaken in a PC2 Laboratory that has been approved by the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR). Further information can be obtained here.

Tissue culture facilities in the Faculty:

  • OGTR PC2 certified facility (S208) under The Gene Technology Act 2000 and Gene Technology Regulations 2001 and the Amendments to the Act and Regulations commenced on 1 July 2007. This facility is used for conducting NLRD projects, handling human samples and PC1 classified work. The facility has 3 biosafety cabinets and 4 CO2 incubators.
  • PC1 facility (N257A and B) for PC1 classified work. The facility has 2 biosafety cabinets, 1 cytotoxic cabinet and 3 CO2 incubators.
  • PC2 microbiological laboratory (N423). Newly refurbished facility which has 2 biosafety cabinets and 4 CO2 incubators.

Working with Chemicals .

Chemical Registers
Every workgroup should have a Chemical Register. The chemical register is a tool for the management of the chemicals used and stored by a workgroup. It includes a list of chemicals, their classification, storage locations and typical volumes. The register also provides information about how each chemical is used with links to the MSDS, risk assessments and standard operating procedures.

ChemAlert and Labelling
The Chem Alert database provides access to a large range of supplier Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs), which can be viewed and printed in a standard format. ChemAlert should be used for printing labels for decanted chemicals.

If a procedure is left unattended you must label it with your name (and contact phone number if the procedure is left unattended outside of normal working hours), the date, experiment reference number (e.g. code used in your lab notebook) and an emergency shutdown procedure if appropriate (find more information in the [[Pharmacy Safety Manual). [LINK]


Radiation .

Before work commences researchers and students must first discuss the methods and procedures for handling and disposal with their supervisor and the Faculty Radiation Safety Officer.

Work with Radioisotopes is only permitted in labs that are registered with the Environment Protection Authority (EPA). Currently the following labs are registered for radiation work: N257 and S211.

The University requires all persons working with radioisotopes to attend a radiation safety training course. The training course is provided free of charge to staff and students. Details can be found under WHS Training.


Solvent Store (N204 and N208) .

The Faculty has a bulk solvent store for storing and decanting of class 3 flammable solvents, and class 6.1 toxic liquid reagents. The store also houses a separate miscellaneous hazardous waste room for the short term storage of the Faculty’s mixed waste prior to its pick up by university disposal contractors. Access to the solvent store will be given after training. To schedule a training please contact .


Waste Disposal .

Hazardous waste must never be disposed into the sewer of the general waste stream. Please refer to the University’s Guidelines for the disposal of Hazardous Waste:

All requests for disposal must be emailed to

Biological waste bins for contaminated sharps are located in the solvent store. The bins are collected monthly.


Spill Management .

Various spill kits are available in the following locations:

Spill Kit Location
HAZCHEM (general) Solvent store, level 3 near N355 and level 2 next to S221
Chemical N410B, Solvent store
Microbiological/Biological     S208, S222, N409
Radiochemical S211