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Standard Operating Procedures, Documents, Forms and Templates

Please use the following documents as guidance or templates. If you would like your template or SOP added, please email us.

Idea! PC Users: In Microsoft Office products, you may create a blank document and Save As, and choose Template (dotx for Word and xltx for Excel). When a user double clicks on that template file, Office will open a new document with all the formatting intact. To edit the template, right click on the file and choose Open.

Laboratory Safety Handbook

The laboratory safety handbook provides generic information on standard laboratory hazards.

The LSH can be found here.

Biological Inventory

A biological inventory is required for all biohazards applicable under McMaster's biosafety policies. The format of any such inventory is at the discretion of the individual laboratory. The minimum features of any such inventory or inventory system is to include:

  1. identification of the biohazards (species, names etc) stored and used within the laboratory
  2. location of the biohazards (fridge, freezers, shelf, row, building, room)
  3. any method to determine if any biohazards have been stolen or lost

The BUP captures a list of biohazards handled and stored. The lab should further maintain an inventory to satisfy elements 2 and 3. The individual lab has the freedom to design any system so long as it satisfies all three criteria.

Training Records

There are many ways to keep records of training. The goal is for the Supervisor to ensure themselves that all of their workers have been trained on all the hazards encountered in the work assigned and those encountered in the workplace. The Supervisor prescribes the required training. Training can come from Mosaic, from external sources, from the lab SOPs and experimental protocols and other training directly from the Supervisor. Any form of training documentation may be used, as long as it is accessible to the supervisor and accurate.

It is recommended that (1) the repository of information be kept within the laboratory and (2) that the workers are responsible for updating this repository with their own training information.

SAMPLE: SOP Signoff Sheet (xlsx) <<< edit for your own lab if used

A Note About Writing SOPs

SOPs must contain practices which meet the minimum standards for the protection of the worker. Although it is recommended that SOPs exceed the minimum standards, you must decide whether these elevated standards can be met consistently within your laboratory. This is the difference between 100% compliance at the minimum standard versus 50% compliance at the elevated standard. You are also bound by your own SOPs, which means if an external regulator reviews your procedures, you will be found at fault if they are not operationalized, even if your actual practices adhere to the minimum standards.


Other SOP / Templates

For SOPs that are provided in editable form, we expect that you modify them to suit your laboratory and incorporate them into your SOPs. If we find that they are simply downloaded and printed, we will assume that they have NOT been reviewed. These templates are also UPDATED based on new information or feedback from users. Please check the DATE on the SOP. A link to this webpage is NOT considered to be your safety manual.


Lab Coat Cleaning (doc) - how to label the coats

Lab Coat Cleaning for Non-Hospital Locations (pdf)

Procedures to Minimize Aerosols - Poster to Print! (pdf)

Biosafety in the Laboratory - Poster to Print! (pdf)

McMaster Pandemic Plan Information (aka Business Continuity Plan)

McMaster H1N1 Flu Information page.

Safe use of a Biological Safety Cabinet checklist (pdf)

Transportation and Movement of Biohazards (docx)

Ultraviolet Light Bulletin

PHAC BSC Safe Use and Operation - Poster to Print! (pdf)

PHAC Spill Protocols (pdf)

PHAC Risk Group and Containment Level Assessment Tool (pdf)

AREB Policy - Researching Biologics Testing (pdf)

Equipment Bulletins and SOPs

McMaster Handwashing - Poster to Print! (pdf)

McMaster Handwashing 2 - Poster to Print! (pdf)

Daniels Handwashing - Poster to Print! (pdf)

Visitor Log (docx)

Two Flask Aspirator System (docx)

Two Flask Aspirator System - Poster to Print! (pdf)

Create a Safe Working Environment in Your Biological Safety Cabinet - Poster to Print! (pdf)

Centrifuge Safety in Biohazard Lab (docx)

Cleaning a Biological Spill Inside a Centrifuge (docx)

Use of a BSC (docx)

Care of Lab Sinks (docx)

Organization of Transfer Documentation (docx)

Microbial Culture Shakers (docx)

Cleaning the BSC Catchbasin (docx)

Recapping (pdf)

Emergency Response Plan (docx)

Lab Layout (docx) Desk Area Sign - Poster to Print! (pdf)

Pest Control (docx)

Use of Vortex (docx)

PSDS for Risk Group 1 Material (docx)

Post Emergency Biological Check (docx)

Flood Protocol (docx)

CCOHS GHS Pictograms and Hazards - Poster to Print! (pdf)

Pipetting Safety (docx)

Performing Risk Assessments (docx)

Settle Plates for Environmental Monitoring (docx)

Use of Sharps (docx)

Neutral Buffered Formalin (docx)

Homogenizers (docx)

CDC 4 Biosafety Levels - Poster to Print! (pdf)

Decon of Equipment - Moran-Mirabel Lab (pdf)

BSL1 Housekeeping - MIRC (docx)

Reviewing SOPs - MIRC (docx)

SOP Annual Review Log - MIRC (docx)

Use of Bench Protectors (docx)

Environmental Room Security (docx)

CFIA Sanitation Practices for Plants and Plant Pests (pdf)

Checking Magnehelic Gauge for Level 1 BSC Use (docx)

Biosafety Cabinet Out-of-Service sign (pdf)

Decontamination and Certification of BSCs

Integra Handheld Pipetting - Best Practices

70% Ethanol Labels

10% Bleach Labels

Biosecurity Plan (docx)

Bending Needle for Tail Vein Injections (docx)

PHAC Overarching Risk Assessment (docx)

PHAC Incident and Exposure Reporting (docx)

CL2 Entry/Exit Requirements SOP (docx)

Cardboard in Biohazard Labs (docx)

Miscellaneous Templates

Biohazard Spill Sign (pdf)

Calculation of % and Molar Solutions (xls)

Signs for Waste Disposal in Tissue Culture Rooms (pdf)

Template for Multiwell Plates (pptx)

Template for Multiwell Plates (fillable PDF)

Weekly booking schedule (docx)

Sign NO SHARPS (pdf)

Biohazard Awareness Poster

Personal Protective Equipment Poster (pdf)

Biosafety in Action PHAC Poster (pdf)


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