Biological Agents

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Biological Agents) Regulations 2013 (SI No. 572 of 2013) set down the minimum requirements for the protection of workers from the health risks associated with biological agents in the workplace. The regulations must be applied to any activity where workers are actually or potentially exposed to biological agents as a result of their work. This one-day course will be of interest to personnel who are involved in activities that involve occupational exposure to biological agents.

Delivery Mode

  • Public

    19 Oct 2020
  • Customised

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What's covered?

  • Types and properties of biological agents found at work
  • Overview of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Biological Agents) Regulations 2013 (SI No. 572 of 2013) and the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Chemical Agents) Regulations 2001 (SI No. 619 of 2001)
  • Overview of the associated Codes of Practice published by the HSA
  • Assessment and control of risk from deliberate and non-deliberate exposure to biological agents at work
  • Operational control of biological agents including the use of PPE

Who should participate?

Personnel who wish to understand the controls that apply to prevention and protection from occupational exposure to biological agents.

What will I learn?

Participants achieve the following learning outcomes from the programme;

  • Understand the legislation underlying biological agents
  • Identify the types and properties of biological agents
  • Be able to undertake a biological agents risk assessment
  • Understand the controls required for biological agents including PPE

Who are the tutors?

Finbarr Stapleton

Finbarr Stapleton, Antaris, has a B.Sc. in Industrial Chemistry and a Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety and is a member of IOSH. He has over thirty years experience, initially as Laboratory Manager in an Analytical Laboratory, a number of years experience as an EHS Manager in the Food Industry and subsequently in technical consultancy.

He has successfully implemented OHSAS 18001/45001, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 in a large number of industries. He has extensive experience of quality management and environmental and health and safety management systems, energy management, waste management as well as environmental and health and safety legislation. He is a qualified Auditor of ISO 9001, OHSAS 18001/ISO 45001, ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 management systems. Finbarr has also extensive experience of energy management systems such as ISO 50001. He has carried out a number of projects on behalf of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).
He regularly carries out audits and risk assessments for client companies. He has also qualified as a dangerous goods safety adviser.

Finbarr has assisted a number of companies in making successful applications to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) for an IPPC (Integrated Pollution Prevention & Control) licence and has also carried out Environmental Impact Assessments for a number of companies.

Finbarr also holds an NUI Certificate in Training and Continuing Education. He is the lead tutor for the Nebosh International Certificate and Diploma courses.

How do we train and support you?

In-House Courses
For In-House courses, the Tutor will contact the Course Organiser in advance to discuss the programme in more detail in order to tailor it specifically to the organisation.

Course Manual
Delegates will receive a very comprehensive course manual.

Finbarr Stapleton

Duration: 1 dayPublic Price: €395

Finbarr Stapleton

Duration: 1 day

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