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Cannabis in Research

The use of cannabis is now captured on the Biohazard Utilization Protocol. If you use cannabis for your research, please contact for licensing options.

Sending/Receiving Notifications

It is mandatory to notify the biosafety office and/or customs prior to sending or receiving any microorganism, fungi, protozoan, parasite, plant, seed, soil sample, prion, toxin, cells, tissues, biological fluids, invertebrates or animals, including those rated as Risk Group (RG) 1.

Please notify through the BUP Portal.

Terminology Change

We are in the process of updating our forms and documents to reflect the terminology used in the Canadian Biosafety Standard. The term Biosafety Level has been changed to 'Containment Level' or 'CL' when referring to labs and practices and to 'Risk Group' or 'RG' when referring to biological hazards.


Applicability Form

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

Laboratory Safety Manual 2019

Too Much Paper?

Please see information related to digital management of compliance paperwork. This is a work in progress. Please forward comments to the Research Compliance Auditor (link on left).


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.



Updated 9-September-19

6-Month Audit Follow Up

The biosafety office has hired a student year-round to follow up on biosafety audits. Please expect to be contacted by this student who will arrange to come back to your lab and verify that all the deficiencies recorded on the original audit have been corrected. Dana Yablonovich is currently performing this function.

Biosafety Training Has Been Updated

This does not refer to BIOSAFE 1BS0 required for undergrad lab courses. Biosafety training for supervisors, PIs, faculty, 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.

Video of Manager Access to Employee Training Record

Video of Employee Access to Own Training Record

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.

Biosafety Newsletters

Review past issues of the Biosafety Newsletter: Make it your lab culture!

January 2020 Newsletter

Decemeber 2019 Holiday Notice

September 2019 Newsletter

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