Title Health and safety in clinical biochemistry practice
Type Stage One
Code HLS003
Requirement Compulsory

Module objective

By the end of the training period trainees will, with respect to health and safety issues both locally and nationally in order to practise safely in a laboratory, clinical or other settings and advise on safe practice be able to

  • analyse, synthesise, evaluate and apply knowledge
  • perform a range of technical and clinical skills and procedures
  • demonstrate the attitudes and behaviours necessary for professional practice as a consultant clinical scientist dealing with the complexities, uncertainties and tensions of professional practice at this level.

Trainees will also be expected to perform risk assessments and develop, refine and evaluate health and safety precautions relating to patient management

Knowledge and understanding

  1. alth and safety legislation and guidance
  2. ACDP
  3. categorisation of biological agents
  4. Laboratory safety and containment

By the end of the training period the trainee will be able to demonstrate the ability to analyse, evaluate and synthesise relevant knowledge and its application to their professional practice in relation to the:

  • Health and Safety at Work Act (1974)
  • Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR)
  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations (2002)
  • Genetically Modified Organisms (Contained Use) Regulations (2001)
  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (1999)
  • Transport of Infectious Substances (2011) guidance
  • The management, design and operation of microbiological containment laboratories (2001) guidance (HSE)
  • Biological agents: Managing the risks in laboratories and healthcare premises (HSE)
  • Safe disposal of clinical waste (1999) guidance.

Technical and clinical skills

By the end of the training period the trainee will be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of current relevant research, theory and knowledge and its application to the performance of the following technical procedures and laboratory skills:

  • aseptic technique.

Attitudes and behaviours

This module has no attitude and behaviours information.


Code Title Action
HLS1-1-20 Clinical Biochemistry [v1] View