UNSW Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering adheres to and implements the aims and strategies in the UNSW Work Health and Safety Policy.

Our Health and Safety Committee enables our staff to contribute to decisions affecting their: health, safety and welfare, proposed changes to the work environment, processes, and practices.


A Workplace Health and Safety (HS) Induction is an essential part of safety at UNSW and Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering (GSBME) whether you are staff, student or visitor. There is a range of training and induction procedures depending on what you want to do.

Our laboratories reflect the cross disciplinary nature of the work of our research and requires a broad basic knowledge. You may be required to do multiple inductions depending on the lab space you need to access.

Before you begin, you will need:

  1. GSBME supervisor: This person will be responsible for your health and safety while you’re here
  2. z number and a z pass: This is your official UNSW identity
  3. Complete the Access Request form
  4. Speak to your supervisor to complete a HS006 form

If you don’t already have a UNSW ID card then talk to your GSBME supervisor. All staff and students in the School need to attend training to be aware of the risk and hazards associated with the work they are performing.  For more information, visit the Work Health and Safety website.

UNSW compulsory online training

UNSW training must be completed by all students and staff before you can enter a specific work area, use a piece of equipment or follow an experimental protocol. Once enrolled, these courses will appear on your UNSW Moodle site.

Training courses

Required enrollment 

Course number

Delivery method 

Health & Safety Awareness 




Ergonomic & Manual Tasks 




Responsible Employee ALL HRRESP Online 
Sexual Misconduct ALL SMA&R Online 

Laboratory Safety Awareness 

All in GSBME labs



Green Lab Environment Compliance 

All in GSBME labs



Hazardous Substances 

All in GSBME labs



General Biosafety for all Containment Facilities (PC1, PC2, PC3) 

All in GSBME labs



 Fume Cupboards and Safety 

All in GSBME labs 



Gene Technology  Only for staff / students working with GMO's or in GMO approved labs  HSEGTC Online
Managing Health and Safety All supervisors HSEOSO Online
Laboratory Supervisor Training All Laboratory / Workshop Supervisors HSELST Online

UNSW training information can be found on the UNSW safety website.

If there any training or HSE concerns, please email the HSE advisor.

School safety requirements

Lab access

There is a risk management form (RMF)* with an attached PowerPoint presentation and quiz for: 

  • Level 4 of the Samuels building (F25) RMF-0001329
  • Lower ground floor of the Samuels building (F25) RMF-0001454
  • Level 1 east labs of Biosciences south building (E26) RMF-0002116
  • Level 2 Biosciences north building (D26)  RMF-0006353

To be granted access to these labs, you must read and sign the RMF, complete the quiz and attend a tour.  

*you will need a valid z number to access these documents in SALUS

 To be granted permission to use specific labs, all staff and students must: 

Additional specific training may be required depending on what you are doing. For example, if you are staff supervising any students you will need to do HS for Supervisors. 

To get swipe access, you must complete all the required Health and Safety (HS) documents and send a screenshot of completed training to lthe HSE Advisor. Your training history summary can be found in MyUNSW under the learning and development tab. 

Contact us

If you're a short-term visitor, a contractor or want access for a specific task contact HSE advisor to discuss your induction needs.