There is UNSW and faculty wide training provided as well as local school training 

You can look at your training history or book faculty training on MY UNSW.

UNSW Mandatory courses

Please see the WHS unit for the mandatory  UNSW training courses

Course requirements differ for staff and students

Green lab Environment Training

All staff and students must do green lab training to ensure you know your legal obligations towards pollution. 

There is also information on recycling and resources conservation. There is a site to view real time data of the energy consumption for the buildings on campus

GSBmE Lab Induction Procedure:

To get lab access you must have completed the GSBmE school induction process, which is on the WHS induction page.

GSBmE Training

GSBME provides local training in specific techniques and equipment. Training maybe required before you can enter a specific work area, use a piece of equipment or follow an experimental protocol. All SWP'S have an element of training or competency assessment.

There is a GSBME training analysis to check what training you should do for your research area.

You must have completed a GSBME Lab induction for Access to Level 4 or Lower Ground Floor labs

Please speak to your GSBME supervisor about your specific training requirements.



Autoclave Training

Autoclaves are used for sterilising materials. Autoclave training is required for all personnel wishing to use the GSBmE autoclaves.

Autoclave training outlines the basic safety work practices and is comprised of:

1. Fundamental Autoclave Techniques (FAT) PowerPoint presentation (22 MB)

2. Review of the SWP's and RA's

3. FAT Quiz - word document

4. Demonstration of GSBME Autoclave use (by arrangement with either the Lab staff or Biological Resource Manager).

5. Competency assessment.

6. Addition to your SWP and RA documents

PC2 Training

Physical Containment Level 2 (PC2) is a lab designated for biologically hazardous material, such has human blood and primary cell lines.  If you are working with genetically manipulated organisms, it must have an exemption from the Institutional Biosafety Committee (renamed Gene Technology Research Committee- GTRC) . Dealings that are not exempt must be carried out elsewhere in a lab certified by the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR).

If you are working with biological material material you must attend the UNSW Bio Safety for PC2 Labs training. If you are working in another area with genetically modified organisms (GMO's) then you will need to complete Working with GMOs (Gene Technology for OGTR Facilities) training.

School specific training is required for all personnel wishing to enter into the PC2 Lab at GSBmE (room 404 and 404A) or work with cells. This local PC2 training outlines the basic safety work practices in the school and is comprised of a PowerPoint presentation  and a Quiz

Completed quizzes are to be given to Lynn Ferris.

When you work with cells in GSBME you must attend the cell culture meetings and participate in the job roster.

You will still need to complete or update your SWP's and RM's to cover your specific work practices within the PC2 labs.

More information on biosafety is available in the  HS323 Biosafety Procedure


Work Areas

There are certain labs in GSBME  that require specific work practices and training before you can enter.

The PC2 Cell Culture lab

Two Photon Microscope

Electronics lab (LG)

Clean room (LG)

Laser rooms (LG)

Biological Resources



GSBME offers training and information in specific research techniques or OHS issues. If you have any suggestions for further training please talk to your HS Representative or supervisor.

Sharps Training

Sharp instruments are a common cause of injury in the workplace. GSBME requires that everyone attend specific sharps training to prevent injury. The training covers use and handling as well as correct disposal.

The use of any of the following sharps in GSBME requires sharps training


       Box cutters

       hypodermic needles

       suture needles

Contact Biomed Tech staff for further information or advice on sharps handing

Waste Training

Correct disposal of waste products, old equipment and recycling is a very important part of safety and the environment. Every SWP has a section for waste disposal

UNSW Facilites Management has ultimate responsible for waste and sustainability.

If you need technical help on waste disposable there is a HS321 Laboratory Hazardous Waste Disposal Guideline  and the UNSW HS unit can advise on safe and sustainable work practices

Other training

GSBME lab staff run small group training sessions on sharps, gas handling, autoclave, vicell operation. Please contact Biomed Tech staff with your name, staff or student number and supervisors name to book in for the next training session.