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Biosafety and microbiological containment

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This page provides links to the home pages for two sites that contain information relating to microbiological safety. These sites cover occupationally-acquired infections and the contained use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Infections at work

Bacteria growing in a petri dish

Advice on ill health caused by exposure to micro-organisms such as bacteria and viruses (commonly known as pathogens, bugs and germs) during work activities.

More about infections at work


DNA strand

Advice on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in contained facilities, such as research laboratories or biotechnology production facilities.

More about GMOs

HSE’s work to develop a common approach to regulating human and animal pathogens and GMOs

Significant work has been undertaken to deliver a single regulatory framework (SRF) but is currently held up due to legal complexities around the different primary legislation and issues around devolved powers, which means that it is not possible to achieve this objective in the short term.  In consequence, HSE together with Defra, the Scottish Government and the Welsh Government are looking at alternative (non-legislative) approaches to improve the existing systems.

More information

Updated 2014-09-30