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About ISTR

ISTR is a relatively small but active organisation. Founded in 1981 as the Institute of University Safety Officers, membership widened beyond the University sector and in 1992 it was re-named the Institute of Safety in Technology and Research (ISTR). Today ISTR serves and supports the individual interests of safety professional in their specialist area of research and high technology.

ISTR organises for its members symposia and skills workshops, publishes a handbook and has an e-mail discussion forum. There is also an ISTR award and a sponsorship scheme. Being relatively small the Institute is friendly and lends itself easily to networking opportunities.

ISTR is well respected by external bodies and makes representation to, and is consulted by, other professional bodies and regulators in the UK and abroad.

ISTR has set up and now accredits the Biosafety Accreditation Scheme which gives professional recognition to the competence of Biosafety practitioners.

There are four categories of ISTR membership: Fellow, Member, Associate and Retired. All categories of membership are open to those who work outside of the UK provided the appropriate standards of qualification and experience are met.

The affairs of the Institute are managed by the ISTR Executive.

Upcoming events

    • 13 November 2019
    • 09:15
    • 14 November 2019
    • 16:00
    • Manchester Conference Centre, Sackville St, Manchester M1 3BB


    Managing laboratory and research waste

    Wednesday 13th - Thursday 14th November 2019
    (1-day & 2-day rates available)

    ISTR Annual General Meeting
    Wednesday 13th November 16.30 - 17.30 

    picture - plastic waste in the ocean

    Last year we asked what top three issues should be addressed at future events and 'waste' was a top topic. Therefore join us as we explore the many and various facets of research waste management.

    From handling, treating and disposing of various laboratory wastes to managing the risks associated with recycling laboratory consumables. From learning how to reduce energy waste through careful product selection to learning about a wide range of environmental sustainability initiatives.  From rationalising the amount of fumigating we do in biological containment laboratories to a regulatory update from the Health and Safety Executive.

    There will be exhibitions by companies engaged in seeking to reduce waste and reuse consumables. There will be something engaging for all delegates which will enable them to take away and apply new principles in their own work environment. 

    Three delegates responded to the call to share their own waste management initiatives and we look forward to hearing their experiences. 

    This year the ISTR Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday afternoon after the main symposia, this will be followed by a drinks reception. All members are encouraged to attend and share in the discussion.     

    Day 1 Programme (Cotton Theatre)  

    09.15 Registration & Coffee      

    09.45 Welcome & Opening remarks ISTR Chair

    09.50 Recycling Lab Plastic Consumables: Can the Risks be Managed  - David
    (University of Yorkand Tradebe 

    10.20 Well disposed - dealing with animal wastes in a complex research environment - Tracy Mustoe (University of Oxford)

    10.50 Coffee & Networking (Momentum room)

    11.20 Autoclave testing and validation - Jonathan Lovell (Wellcome Sanger

    11.50 Reusing sharps containers - Ben Cawthorne and Amie Marsh

    12.20  Recycling laboratory gloves - Kristin Barrett (Kimberley -Clark)

    12.50  Lunch (Momentum room)

    14.00  Fumigation: When, and how much? - Jayne Farrant (HSE)

    14.30  Update from the regulator - David Johnson (HSE)

    15.00  ISTR Biosafety Steering Group Update – Jillian Deans and Jonathan
    - Feedback from the National BSO Meeting
    - Future of BSP and Biosafety Competency Frameworks

    15.45  Final discussions with afternoon speakers 

    16.00  Tea/Coffee (Momentum Room) and Close

    16.30 - 17.30 ISTR Annual General Meeting  (Cotton Theatre)

    18.30 - 19.00 Drinks reception (Momentum Room)


    Day 2 Programme (Cotton Theatre)

    09.15 Registration & Coffee

    09.45 Welcome & Opening remarks ISTR Chair

    09.50 Environmentally sustainable research initiatives - Emma Gardner (University of Manchester)  

    10.30 Energy-saving filtration - Peter Dyment (Camfil) 

    11.10 Coffee & Networking (Momentum room)

    11.30 Delegate presentations:
    - Waste amnesty event at LMB: A systematic chemical waste
    indoctrination - Allan Dye (LMB) 

    - Safe disposal of chemical waste - Jing Wood (University of York)

    - Title Tbc - Chris Hews (Camfil)

    12.30 Safe disposal of radioactive waste - Libby Yates (University of Cambridge)

    13.10 Lunch (Momentum room)

    14.15 Regulatory requirements in waste auditing and transport of dangerous
      goods - Irene Barinaga-Rementeria (University of Manchester)

    14.55 General research waste handling and recycling - speaker to be confirmed


    15.35 Final discussion with afternoon speakers

    15.50 Symposium 2020 - call for speakers

    16.00 Tea/Coffee (Momentum Room) and Close

    * Please note that while the programme is accurate when circulated, it is always possible that a speaker may not be able to attend on the day, in which case an alternative speaker will be provided


    Venue: Pendulum Hotel, Sackville St, Manchester M1 3BB

    Price: From £100 per day. Price includes lunch and refreshments during the symposium. There is a members' discounted (early bird) rate available for bookings received before 11 October. Overnight accommodation, if required, must be booked directly with the hotel. 

    Accommodation: Bed & Breakfast accommodation is available at the hotel subject to availability. Delegates should make their reservation directly with the hotel, www.pendulumhotel.co.uk  or call 0161 955 8000.

    Alternative hotels nearby include:
    IBIS Manchester Centre, Princess St, M1 7DG Tel 0161 272 5000
    Holiday Inn Express, 2 Oxford Rd, M1 5QA Tel 0871 4234896 
    or visit http://visitmanchester.com/stay  

    Final details and refunds:  Bookings close on Monday 28th October. Refunds for cancellations or non-attendance cannot be made after this date. If a delegate cannot attend, a colleague may take their place. Please contact istr-eventsecretary@istr.org.uk 

    Nearest airport - Manchester Airport (rail link to city centre)
    Nearest rail station - Manchester Piccadilly (10 min walk) 
    Car parking available in Charles St Car Park, adjacent to the Pendulum Hotel (~£10.00/24hrs)
    Directions Piccadilly to Venue and Car Park location.docx