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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

    • 21 November 2018
    • 09:00
    • 22 November 2018
    • 16:00
    • Manchester Conference Centre, Sackville St, Manchester M1 3BB


    Local exhaust ventilation (LEV)

    Wednesday 21st - Thursday 22nd November 2018
    (1-day & 2-day rates available)

    Bookings are now closed for this event. 

    Effective control of a wide range of substances that can harm our health is a legislative requirement of the COSHH Regulations 2002 (as amended). Where these substances cannot be eliminated or substituted for a non- or less-hazardous option in the workplace then the potential for exposure must be adequately controlled. Local exhaust ventilation (LEV) is often the main engineering control of choice to prevent exposure to harmful airborne contaminants in the research and development environment.

    During our symposia we will focus on various aspects of LEV including how to ensure the correct type is specified and selected for your particular application, to using it correctly, maintaining it, statutory testing and what to do if it isn’t performing to specification. We will also have a legislative update from the HSE.

    DAY 1: 21 NOVEMBER
    LEV for Biosafety: Choose it, check it, and troubleshoot it.
    This symposia is a ‘must’ for those working in all areas of biosafety. Speakers will discuss working in the very familiar LEV of the microbiological safety cabinet to new and novel LEV systems for a range of applications. We are introducing a new approach to this symposia as we hear speakers from a range of companies give a short talk on specific LEV issues followed by an opportunity to discuss these further in an organised Gallery Walk after lunch.  

    Day 2: 22 NOVEMBER
    LEV Essentials. Today we turn to a range of LEV topics which will be of interest to those working across the spectrum of research disciplines, e.g. Chemistry, Engineering, Biology. From understanding the importance of ensuring your LEV system is correctly specified so it will control the identified risks to ensuring your LEV is thoroughly examined and tested. There will be opportunity for delegates to contribute to and participate in the popular afternoon workshop. Come prepared to ask your LEV questions and share with and learn from each other.

    Programme - Day 1

    09.15  Registration & Coffee      

    09.45  Welcome & Opening remarks ISTR Chair

    09.50  Ergonomics of working at Class I & II MSC’s. Martine Yaxley – Wellcome Sanger Institute 

    10.20  Threshing and LEV. Laurence Tomlinson – John Innes Centre

    11.10  Coffee & Networking

    11.35  Biosafety Steering Group update – Level 2 workshop, Recent survey results etc

    12.00 - 12.50

         HEPA filters. Chris Hews – AAF International

         MSC, user checks and maintenance - Sean Codling - CTS Europe Ltd

         Individually Ventilated Cages and other in vivo LEV. Speaker tba - Tecniplast

         Fixing broken laboratories. Mark Wheatley - Environment & Services Ltd

    12.50  Lunch

    14.00  Organised Gallery Walk with the speakers directly before lunch

    15.00  Update from the regulator. David Johnson – Health and Safety Executive

    15.30  Novel LEV systems. Simon Parks – Public Health England, Porton Down

    16.00  Closing remarks followed by tea


    Programme - Day 2

    09.15 Registration & Coffee

    09.45 Welcome & Opening remarks ISTR Chair

    09.50 Specifying your LEV system – things you need to consider. Steve Robertson - CCTech  

    10.25 Surgical smoke and its control: some preliminary medically related findings. Alan Beswick - Health and Safety Laboratory

    11.00 Coffee & Networking

    11.30 Modelling dispersion from laboratory fume cupboard stacks. Simon Coldrick - Health and Safety Laboratory

    12.05 Model Client – A case study of computerised flow modelling. Carl Winfield - University of Nottingham

    12.45 Lunch

    14.00 LEV in the engineering workshop environment. Dougie Collin - Iqarus Environmental Sciences

    14.35 Developing a LEV Thorough Examination and Test Programme. Rob Derbyshire – University of Manchester

    15.10 Workshop:  Your LEV questions - solutions from the floor. Facilitated by the ISTR Executive

    16.00 Closing remarks followed by tea

    * 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 22 October. Overnight accommodation, if required, must be booked directly with the hotel. 

    Accommodation: Bed & Breakfast accommodation is available at the hotel subject to availability,
    Contact the hotel directly regarding available rooms as the ISTR reserved bedrooms (code GA01194 Single occupancy rates: £87 (City double room) / £97 (Classic double room)) have been taken.  
    Delegates must 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 12th November. Refunds for cancellations or non-attendance cannot be made after Nov 12. If a delegate cannot attend, a colleague may take their place. Please inform 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

    • 12 March 2019
    • 09:00 - 17:00
    • H14 Sackville St Building, University of Manchester, Sackville St, Manchester M1 3BB
    • 12

    Advance information - more information available from mid-September 2018 

    Note: This event is for ISTR Members only

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    In safety, the ultimate goal is an interdependent culture in which employees protect each other and help each other to conform. But discussing safety and, in particular, challenging unsafe behaviours is fraught with difficulty. Done well it is the under-pinning of a positive safety culture. Done badly it can undermine all other safety effort.

    Engagement for safety is a unique, highly-participative workshop designed to provide ISTR members with essential communication skills. Delegates learn to engage confidently and positively applying a world-famous coaching model to health and safety with a view, ultimately, to resolving workplace problems and understanding and eliminating unsafe behaviours.

    IOSH Approved Engagement for safety is a 1-day training programme which includes: –

    Module 1         Introduction

    Module 2        Talking about safety (a demonstration of a positive engagement)

    Module 3        Questioning

    Module 4        The GROW Model (a template for a positive engagement)

    Module 5        Engagement skills session 1

    Module 6        Listening

    Module 7        Engagement skills session 2

    Module 8        Engagement skills session 3

    End Test         Successful candidates receive an IOSH Certificate.

    Note: Delegates will be required to do some preparation in advance of the workshop and relevant documentation will be provided beforehand 


    Course tutor:
    Michael Emery CMIOH Securus Health and Safety Limited.

    Agenda: tbc

    09:30 Registration / Refreshments available 

    11:00 – 11:30  Coffee Break

    11:45 – 13:00 

    13:00 – 13:30  Lunch

    13:30 – 15:15 

     15:00 – 15:15  Coffee Break

     15:15 – 16:30 

     16:30              Workshop Ends 

    Workshop costs - £250.00
    This includes: Pre-workshop documentation, Classroom training, handouts, IOSH Certificate (successful candidates), a buffet lunch and refreshments during the day.

    This is not included in the price but is available at local hotels. See  https://www.visitmanchester.com/where-to-stay for information.

    Final details
    Final details will be forwarded on receipt of payment.

    Refunds cannot be made for non-attendance. A substitute person may attend, contact istr-eventsecretary@istr.org.uk

    • 25 June 2019
    • 09:00 - 17:00
    • Room B12 Engineering and Science Learning Centre, University of Nottingham, Clifton Blvd, Nottingham NG7 2AH
    • 15

    Save the date!

    Summer 2019 ISTR Skills Worksop focussing on Human Factors and Ergonomics.  

    Further details will be available from mid-September 2018  

    Note: This event will be for ISTR Members only    


    Workshop costs - tbc
    This includes: Classroom training, handouts, a buffet lunch and refreshments during the day.

    This is not included in the price but is available at local hotels. See https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/accommodation/visitoraccommodation/visitoraccommodation.aspx for ddetails

    Final details
    Final details will be forwarded on receipt of payment.

    Refunds cannot be made for non-attendance. A substitute person may attend, contact istr-eventsecretary@istr.org.uk