MNHMS0020LS – In-depth Laboratory Safety

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Course content

It is an objective to ensure that laboratory teaching work takes place in safe surroundings. You will receive information on what HSE requirements are placed upon you as a laboratory student at the University of Oslo. A practical experiment will be shown with  focus on  handelling  potential risks in the laboratory.

Learning outcome

After completing the course you should have the following knowledge:

  • Important laws and safety regulations connected to laboratory work.
  • Planning of a laboratory experiment with use of: laboratory journal, material safety data sheets, risk assessment, electrical instruments and safety, fume cupboards and protective installations, and correct use of personal protective equipment.
  • Safe handelling of chemicals and biological substances.
  • Toxicological challenges connected with the use of chemical and biological substances based on material safety data sheets.


MNHMS0020LS is compulsory for:

New students at the Masters programs:

The course is a mandatory prerequisite for introduction courses for master's studies and a recommended prerequisite for all courses which include work in laboratories with biological or chemical substances at both master's and PhD level.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

The following course must be taken in the same semester or be taken earlier than MNHMS0020LS:


The course is given as a 3-hour lesson in the beginning of each semester. Participation is required to pass the course.

If you entered a group you cannot attend, you can change your registration to another available group in Studentweb.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


To pass the MNHMS0020LS you must have approved participation. You are responsible for ensuring that your attendance is registered.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.


It is compulsory education and is made ​​attendance record. Illness or other valid reason of absence must be documented by a medical certificate or other equivalent documentation. Medical certificates can be delivered to MN-studieinfo during opening hours or sent to the office by post. Remember to state which course and for which date the medical certificate applies to.

All students who have been away for the course must take the equivalent course the next time it is offered (at the beginning of the following semester).

Students who have not passed MNHMS0020LS - In-Depth Laboratory Safety will not get their degree approved, if the course is compulsory in the program requirements, or if it is formal prerequisite knowledge for any of the courses in the degree.

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