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 BSL1. Complete information here. Please use the online email form below to process your notification.
Online Email Notification Form
Add a rule to your Outlook to ensure the Biological Safety Officer (firstname.lastname@example.org) is forwarded all CFIA correspondence. Instructions here. The rule should evaluate the senders email address to contain the term 'inspection.gc.ca'
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.
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 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.
Complete and submit this form to have your work evaluated for applicability to the biosafety program and policies.