Radiation protection & biological safety



Fernando Usera Mena

Head of service









Service Description

Tasks and services:

  • Preliminary evaluation and periodic control of biological, chemical and radiological risk
  • Management of radioisotope acquisition and the means, equipment and instruments for prevention and protection
  • Design of biosafe labs and other facilities
  • Issuing the CNB Basic Guide, the Safety & Health CNB Manual, and specific associated procedures
  • Handling and administration of reports and documents related to start-up procedures or legally required operating conditions
  • Safety and health seminars for personnel exposed to potential risk agents
  • Classification and signalling of risk areas and laboratories, and control of compliance with safety and health rules
  • Cooperation in the management of medical and dosimetric surveillance of exposed personnel. Maintenance of medical and dosimetric records of exposed personnel
  • Action in incidents, accidents and emergency situations following previously established procedures
  • Managing the production and conditioning of biosanitary, toxic and radioactive waste at the sources, internal handling and storage until transfer to an authorised waste management facility



The service surveys the operational risks in all CNB labs and facilities, and directly operates the gamma irradiator, the radioactive facility central premises, and the biosafety level 3 laboratory.

Radioactive facility

The CNB radioactive facility is a Category 2, non-encapsulated source type and is equipped with all required means of shielding, containment and detection of ionising radiation. It also has the following equipment:

    • Two cabins for radioisotopes
    • One biosafety class II cabin
    • One CO2 incubator
    • Ultracentrifuge, centrifuges and microfuges
    • One speed vac
    • One hybridisation oven

Biosafety level 3 laboratory

The lab has three in vitro cell culture sublaboratories with all necessary equipment for safe handling of biological agents included in Risk Group 3 and to perform activities with genetically modified organisms that require such a degree of confinement. It is equipped with:

    • Three biosafety class II cabins
    • Two cell culture incubators
    • One microbiological culture incubator
    • One double door steam steriliser
    • One SAS for biological inactivation of small items
    • One SAS for biological inactivation of large items
    • One refrigerated ultracentrifuge
    • Three portable refrigerated centrifuges
    • Three refrigerated microcentrifuges
    • Three inverted optics microscopes
    • One liquid nitrogen tank
    • Three ultrafreezers (-80ºC)
    • Data transmission network (computers and telephone)
    • Several alarm systems to alert of incidents/accidents or malfunctions

Other facilities



Fernando Usera Mena Head of Service
María Teresa Bartolomé Bueno Personnel
Aránzazu de la Encina Valencia Personnel
Jessica Gaspar Navarro Personnel

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