Laboratory Health, Safety and Administration

Module summary

Module code: OBIO1031
Level: 0
Credits: 15
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Science
Module Coordinator(s):


Pre and co requisites



This course has been developed to enable students to demonstrate a number of learning outcomes related to the knowledge and skills obtained in their own workplace. Although laboratory environments vary in working practice and goals, the underlying principles relating to safety, occupational health and laboratory management are the same. The course aims to: ensure that students appreciate the relationships between the different pathology disciplines and the role of the Medical Laboratory Assistant (MLA) in the laboratory; provide a learning framework, which will allow students to appreciate the principles and practices, which ensure safety in the laboratory environment; enable students to develop their inter-personal skills.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course, students will be able to: demonstrate an understanding of management structure and the role of the MLA in the clinical laboratory; describe the inter-relationships between the different pathology disciplines; understand the relevant health and safety legislation and its application in the laboratory; interact effectively with members of the public and NHS employees; use laboratory office equipment proficiently to produce required documentation. Skills learning outcomes: On completion of this course, a student will be able to work effectively as a member of a team, produce laboratory documents using information technology, manage their time and demonstrate good oral communication skills.

Indicative content

Management structure in the pathology department; the different pathology specialisations' health and Safety legislation; physical, chemical and biological hazards; safe working practice in the laboratory; interaction with the public and NHS employees; use of IT and other office equipment for the production of documentation; adminstrative duties

Teaching and learning activity

Students will be encouraged tro reflect upon their work based experiential learning through the formal logging and completion of record forms for each of their activities, which will be agreed in the learning contract. The students will be supported by regular contact with a work-based supervisor and academic tutor.


Assessment will use activities carried out in the workplace and will be appraised by the work-based supervisor in conjunction with an academic tutor. Portfolio of work-based activities - 40%, test on laboratory safety procedures - 20% and a viva based ont he student's portfolio - 40%. Students must gain 40% overall to pass.