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Biosafety @ McMaster

Sending/Receiving Notifications

It is mandatory to notifiy the biosafety office and/or customs prior to sending or receiving a biological item. Please use the online email form below to process your notification.

Online Email Notification Form

HTHSCI 1BS0 Code Change

Recently, HTHSCI 1BS0 has changed its course code to BIOSAFE 1BS0. UNDERGRADS WHO REQUIRE 1BS0 FOR A LAB COURSE PLEASE REGISTER IN BIOSAFE 1BS0 NOT HTHSCI 1BS0!!! Registration is through the normal academic course registration process.

Biosafety Training Has Been Updated

This does not refer to 1BS0 described above. Biosafety training for employees/graduate students/thesis students/lab volunteers/visiting scientists now consists of three courses:

  • Biosafety Training (core, taken once by biohazard lab workers and their Supervisors)
  • Biosafety Update (taken annually by all those who have taken core previously)
  • Biohazard Awareness (taken once for non-biohazard users working in a workspace that contains biohazards)

This training is available through the Human Resources Mosaic module. A FAQ is here.

Plant Pests Regulated Under the Plant Protection Act

Please refer to the chart found here for the pathogens which are regulated under the Plant Protection Act. If you possess any of these plant pathogens, you must obtain a "Written Authorization for Use" from CFIA, regardless of the source of that pathogen. Please contact the Biosafety Office to apply for this Authorization.


Updated 12-August-17

Sending or receiving? You must notify the Biosafety Office first!

The Human Pathogens and Toxins Regulations stipulate that any person must notify the Biosafety Office prior to arranging for sending or receiving of any human pathogen or toxin. (Sec 4(1)b.)

Our University policies extend this requirement to any microorganism, fungi, protozoan, parasite, plant, seed, soil sample, prion, toxin, cells, tissues, biological fluids, invertebrates or animals, including those rated as BSL1.


Complete information here.

Your collaborator or vendor may have their own FORMS for pathogen transfer which require multiple signatures. If there are no forms in the process, you can use the new Pathogen Transfer Form found here to create a record of the transfer. This form was created by collaborative effort from all the U15 biological safety officers.

Labcoat Cleaning

For those who submit labcoats for laundering through HHS/Mohawk services, please see the update in processing here. Please note that although the document refers to FHS, it includes all McMaster campus labs who use this service.



Emergency Response

Emergency response training is required annually by the new Biosafety standards (CBS section 4.3.10).

Each lab's emergency response plan should contain SOPs to address those items listed in CBS section 4.9. An editable SOP has been added to the SOP page.

Applicability Form

Complete and submit this form to have your work evaluated for applicability to the biosafety program and policies.

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