Supervisors and support staff should be aware of the General Safety Regulations at these levels ref. DfEE publication ‘Safety in Science Education’ 1996 edition, pages 132-141. ISBN 0 11 270915 X or (for an amended aqnd updated version), Topic 15 in Topics in Safety, ASE 2001 ISBN 0 86357 316 9. Strains supplied fall into Group 1 category (unlikely to cause human disease) of the General COSHH Regulations 2002 ACOP and Guidance.
Microbial cultures are supplied on the assumption that the recipient and Institution are competent in implementing the approved codes of practice .
For guidance to the suitability of organisms for teaching and for student projects institutions should contact CLEAPSS School Science Service www.cleapss.org.uk Tel.no. 01895 251496. or MISAC (Microbiology in Schools Advisory Committee) c/o The Society for General Microbiology http://www.microbiologyonline.org.uk
Tel.no. 0118 988 1800. For Scottish schools the advisory service is SSERC http://www.sserc.org.uk Tel no.0131 558 8180.