High Risk Biological Materials and Activities Schedule

Schedule overview

1 Purpose

To inform the biological approvals process for high risk biological materials and activities.

2 Scope

This schedule must be read in conjunction with the Biosafety Procedure and is subordinate to it. This schedule outlines the potential high-risk biological materials and activities that are monitored by the University of Southern Queensland Institutional Biosafety Committee.

3 Schedule

Material or Organisms

Description

Risk Group 4 microorganisms

Risk Group 4 microorganisms that may produce life-threatening human or Animal disease, represent significant risk to laboratory workers and may be readily transmissible from one individual to another. Effective treatment and preventive measures are not usually available. Risk Group 4 species are defined by the Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 2243.3:2010 Safety in laboratories - Microbiological safety and containment.

Risk Group 3 microorganisms

Risk Group 3 microorganisms that that may produce life-threatening human or Animal disease, represent a significant risk to laboratory workers and may be readily transmissible from one individual to another. It could present a limited to moderate risk if spread in the community or environment, but there are usually effective preventative measures or treatment available. Risk Group 3 species are defined by the Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 2243.3:2010 Safety in laboratories - Microbiological safety and containment.

Risk Group 2 microorganisms requiring special precautions

Risk Group 2 microorganisms requiring special precautions are risk group 2 microorganisms that are transmissible by respiratory route or require special handling precautions. As indicated in the Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 2243.3:2010 Safety in laboratories - Microbiological safety and containment.

Unscreened specimens

Unscreened specimens including human tissue known to contain microorganisms from risk group 2, 3 or 4, or have not been screened for infectious disease; Animal tissue or body fluids that could contain zoonosis or have not been screened for such.

Animals, tissues or fluids

Infectious or potentially infectious Animals, tissues or fluids (wild, domestic or international) involving microorganisms from risk group 2, 3 or 4.

Biological Toxins

Biological Toxins such as venoms and other toxic substances produced by microorganisms, Animals or plants. Includes poisonous or venomous Animals such as snakes, spiders and cone shells. Includes synthetic toxins or biologicals.

Security Sensitive Biological Materials

Security Sensitive Biological Materials (SSBA's) Tier 1 and Tier 2 agents as listed on the SSBA Regulatory Scheme.

DSGL Biological Materials

DSGL Biological Materials on the Defence Strategic Goods List (DSGL) 2019.

Other Risk Group 2 and Risk Group 1 microorganisms of concern

Other Risk Group 2 and Risk Group 1 microorganisms of concern, such as bacterial or fungal microorganisms used in Physical Containment 1 facilities where it is deemed by the Biosafety Advisor to require assessment and approval through the IBC in consideration of at least the following risk factors, but not limited to:

  • The capability of physical containment facilities where the requested activity is expected to occur;
  • Required Research or teaching skills for the requested activity;
  • Required laboratory and Research supervision for the requested activity.

Potential contamination of existing Research projects

Prions

Prions, as indicated in (but not limited to) the Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 2243.3:2010 Safety in laboratories - Microbiological safety and containment.

Plants, plant tissues or seeds

Plants, plant tissues or seeds requiring any form of permit or licence from any State or Federal Agency.

4 References

Nil.

5 Schedule Information

Accountable Officer

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise Services)

Responsible Officer

Executive Director (Facilities Management)

Policy Type

University Procedure

Policy Suite

Work Health and Safety Policy

Approved Date

31/3/2021

Effective Date

31/3/2021

Review Date

31/3/2024

Relevant Legislation

Biosecurity Act 2014 (Qld)

Biosecurity Act 2015 (Cwlth)

Biosecurity Regulation 2016 (Qld)

Defence Trade Controls Act 2012 (Cwlth)

Defence Trade Controls Regulation 2013 (Cwlth)

Gene Technology Act 2000 (Cwlth)

Gene Technology Act 2016 (Qld)

Gene Technology Regulations 2001 (Cwlth)

National Health Security Act 2007

National Security Regulations 2018

Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Qld)

Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (Qld)

Related Policies

Related Procedures

Biosafety Procedure

Incident and Hazard Reporting and Investigation Procedure

Research Data and Primary Materials Management Procedure

Related forms, publications and websites

AS2243.3 Safety in Laboratories - Microbiological Safety and Containment

Definitions

Terms defined in the Definitions Dictionary

Animal

Any live non-human vertebrate (that is, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, encompassing domestic Animals, purpose-bred Animals, livestock, wildlife) and cephalopods....moreAny live non-human vertebrate (that is, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, encompassing domestic Animals, purpose-bred Animals, livestock, wildlife) and cephalopods.

Research

Research is the creation of new knowledge and/or the use of existing knowledge in a new and creative way to generate new concepts, methodologies, inventions and understandings. This could include the synthesis and analysis of previous research to the extent that it is new and creative....moreResearch is the creation of new knowledge and/or the use of existing knowledge in a new and creative way to generate new concepts, methodologies, inventions and understandings. This could include the synthesis and analysis of previous research to the extent that it is new and creative.

University

The term 'University' or 'USQ' means the University of Southern Queensland....moreThe term 'University' or 'USQ' means the University of Southern Queensland.

Definitions that relate to this schedule only

Keywords

Biologicals, RG1, RG2, toxins, SSBA, RG1, RG2, biosafety

Record No

21/48PL

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