HMS0503 – Laboratory Safety

Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

This course will give you basic knowledge of safety associated with working in laboratories as well as awareness of hazards you may encounter while working in one. You will also learn how to ensure your own and other's safety while working in our laboratories.

Learning outcome

After completing the course you should have knowledge of:

  • How to do a risk assessment
  • Planning before you commence working in a laboratory
  • What protective gear you should use
  • What you should do if an accident happens in the laboratory

Admission to the course

The course is compulsory for:


The course is an individual online course. The course is available on a smart phone, PC, Mac or tablet. You can access the online course here:

You need to be registered for the course and exam in Student Web to complete the online digital exam.

Transitional Arrangements

From the spring semester 2021, transitional arrangements between old and new HSE courses will be discontinued, and old HSE courses will no longer exempt new HSE courses. If you have further questions, please contact MN student information.

You will not be exempt from the HSE courses if you have taken HSE courses previously at another institution. The courses offered by the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences are specific to the University of Oslo.


The online course includes an online digital exam that you need to pass, to successfully complete the course. Please note that you will have to be registered for the course in StudentWeb to complete the exam. You have to wait until the day after you have been registered for the course to take the test.

The digital exam is multiple choice and you can take the exam more than once. When you have passed the exam you will receive an email confirming you have passed the course.

If HMS0503 is a degree requirement or a formal prerequisite for any of the courses in your degree, you will not get your degree approved until you have passed the course.

Grading scale

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

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Oct. 31, 2020 11:31:39 PM

Facts about this course

Spring and autumn
Spring and autumn
Teaching languages
  • English
  • Norwegian

You can access the online course here: