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ISTR Autumn Symposia 21-22 November 2018

  • 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.

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