Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs

Advice and learning

115. Four pieces of advice were provided in relation to standard PFE1.

116.  A premises risk assessment should take into consideration if the facility offers adequate space for licensable activities to be carried out and whether it is safe and secure for staff and human tissue storage.

117.  Advice was given with respect to identifying an alternative suitable and appropriately licensed storage facility to store historical relevant material when future capacity became limited.

118.  Security arrangements should ensure that areas where human tissue is stored are secure and restricted to authorised personnel.

119.  Establishments should carefully consider a ‘no lone working’ policy as well as the use of personal oxygen alarms to reduce the risks associated with working in a liquid nitrogen storage facility.

120.  Oxygen monitoring is extremely important for establishments to ensure that staff accessing human tissue stored in liquid or vapour phase nitrogen can do so safely. Such arrangements should be formalised, documented and provided to relevant staff.

Last updated on: 3 Aug 2016