This part is for personnel that will bring biological samples to the facility and/or preparing biological samples in the Biolab and preparation labs.

Biological agents may be used in certain experiments at MAX IV. There is a potential hazard to work with biological agents and safety regulations concerning biological hazards must be followed at all times.

NOTE: This page is still under construction and more regulatory information will be added in the near future. You are obliged to check back regularly for updates.

1. Applicable Regulations and Abbreviations

The regulations below are in Swedish and are listed for reference.

2. Hazards

2.1 Biosafety levels

BSL-4 is the highest level of biosafety precautions;

BSL-3 is appropriate for work involving microbes which can cause serious and potentially lethal disease via inhalation route;

BSL-2 is suitable for work involving agents of moderate potential hazard to personnel and the environment;

BSL-1 is suitable for work with well-characterized agents which do not cause disease in healthy humans. These agents should pose minimal potential hazard to laboratory personnel and the environment.


MAX IV has the capacity for work with biological agents that fulfill the criteria for BSL-1. It is allowed to handle biological agents at the beamline -attached preparation laboratories but major manipulation of biological samples must be done in the Biolab. Request in access to the Biolab can be made via the Biolab Manager. A separate training on site and an approved experimental risk assessment are needed for the access.

If an experiment requires the use of chemicals and/or gases, please refer to the Chemical Safety information.

2.2 Work in the laboratory

  • A risk assessments must be performed by the user and approved by MAX IV safety group before starting any experiments.
  • Any incidents or accidents must be reported immediately to the MAX IV Safety group.
  • If any spills containing hazardous material gets into the environment (e.g. in the sink, floor drain etc) the MAX IV Safety group must immediately be contacted.
  • Hazardous work may not be undertaken alone.
  • Personal protective equipment must be used as appropriate. Always protect your own clothes with a lab coat. Safety glasses or a mask should be used at risk of splashing from your work or from someone else nearby. Disposable gloves must be worn when handling hazardous agents.
  • Gloves should be discarded in hazardous waste containers.
  • Hands have to be disinfected and cleaned when leaving the lab or in case of a contamination.
  • Pipetting aids must always be used; it is prohibited to use mouth pipetting.
  • Special care must be taken when using sharps. Dispose of needles and other sharps in sharp waste boxes.
  • Keep the laboratory and your workplace tidy.
  • It is prohibited to drink, eat and smoke in the laboratory.


2.3 Handling biological agents at MAX IV

  • All biological samples must be risk assessed and approved by the safety team in DUO before being brought and handled at MAX IV.
  • All samples have to be properly labeled and stored in closed containers.
  • Only qualified and trained personal are allowed to work with biological agents.
  • If necessary, waste must be decontaminated.
  • Transportation of biological agents is only allowed within closed containers that are labeled as Biohazard when assessed so.
  • The users are required to provide ethical authorization of the research if human and animal samples are to be studied in a proposal.

3. Purchasing of Substances

The first time a biological agent is to be procured, a risk analysis must be performed and accepted by the MAX IV safety group.

Risk assessments must be performed and approved by MAX IV safety group before starting any experiments. If chemicals and gases are to be used, please read the separate instructions. Store biological agents in closed and marked containers, describing who owns the sample and what it contains. Original containers are the preferred storage of choice.

4. Environmental issues

MAX IV has a high profile in environmental issues, especially concerning energy conservation. In order to keep the environmental impact of a lab at MAX IV scale as low as possible it is important that all staff and users help in maintaining a high environmental standard. Environmental issues range from energy conservation, which is built into the building, to choices made by all employees and users such as transportations to work related sites and waste handling. The procuring, use and removal of chemicals is also an important environmental concern.


  • Handling of hazardous waste must follow Lund University Waste handling plan
  • For recycling, please refer to the Environmental Safety information.
  • Do not transport chemicals or bio organisms on the public transports.
  • Always employ REACH demands when choosing chemicals for your experiments. Replace with less hazardous chemicals when possible
  • Spills must immediately be taken care of and not be allowed to reach the environment through floor drains, sinks or other means.


5. Contact information

If you have questions or need more information regarding biosafety and the use of Biolab, please contact the biosafety responsible:

Yang Chen     +46 (0) 722-356 446         Biolab Manager