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Law, Regulation or Guideline
Record information and status
Record ID
Date of creation
2008-10-16 04:51 UTC (michael.eckerstorfer@umweltbundesamt.at)
Date of last update
2018-05-17 09:21 UTC (anita.greiter@umweltbundesamt.at)
Date of publication
2018-05-17 09:21 UTC (anita.greiter@umweltbundesamt.at)

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General Information
  • Austria
  • Austria
Title of document
Ordinance on the Protection of Employees against Hazards caused by Biological Agents (Verordnung biologische Arbeitsstoffe -VbA BGBl. II Nr. 237/1998, i.d.F. BGBl. II Nr. 186/2015)
Legislative details
Type of document
  • National Regulation
Subject areas
  • Handling, transport, packaging and identification
  • Human and/or Animal Health
Types of LMOs addressed
  • Animals
  • Bacteria
Brief description of the document including objective and scope:
The objective of the ordinance is to avoid risks and dangers for employees resulting from work with biological agents (including GMOs).  It regulates issues such as safety equipment, hygiene, handling of agents, prevention measures to reduce exposure, vaccination of employees, etc. An annex contains a classification of biological agents.

The ordinance applies to the handling of biological agents (including GMOs) with regard to ensuring the safety of employees of facilities which use biological agents.
Date of entry into force
Document details
Document text
Verordnung biologische Arbeitsstoffe.pdf (408 KB)
Verordnung der Bundesministerin für Arbeit, Gesundheit und Soziales über den Schutz der Arbeitnehmer/innen gegen Gefährdung durch biologische Arbeitsstoffe (Verordnung biologische Arbeitsstoffe - VbA)
Regulatory contact information
Contact person
Austrian Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection
Radetzkystrasse 2
Austria, 1030
Phone:+43 1 71100-644486
Url:Austrian Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection