The McMaster Biosafety Office supports implementation and administration of the Biosafety Program and the functions of the Presidential Biosafety Advisory Commitee.
McMaster University's Biosafety program, RMM600, meets the needs of individuals working with infectious materials across the University for their protection as well as the protection of the public. The implementation of this program complies with all applicable legislations related to import/export/transfer, possession, handling, storing and disposal of biological or live materials that are infectious, invasive or otherwise non-domestic. These materials, which may collectively be termed as 'biohazards' include but are not limited to:
- cultured or infectious samples from humans, plants or animals
- bacteria, viruses, fungi, toxins, prions, plants, seeds, soil, invertebrates and any of their parts which may pose a risk of harm to humans, animals, plants or the environment.
The Presidential Biosafety Advisory Committee provides review and approval for biohazard projects as well as providing support for the educational activities of McMaster and its biocontainment facilities.
As a responsible institution, McMaster's Biosafety Office performs a number of functions:
- maintain an inventory of biohazards used in McMaster affiliated research laboratories located on and off campus, including those located in hospital hosts
- performs individual laboratory audits to ensure containment standards required by federal and provincial legislations are met; reviews audit results for program improvement
- facilitates legislative compliance among McMaster researchers who use biohazards
- facilitates legislative compliance among McMaster researchers who use biohazards in conjunction with animals, plants, aquatics or humans
- acts as a resource for Biosafety related issues, particularly with new faculty, staff and students and hosted associates
- facilitates the import, export and domestic transfer of biohazards
- facilitates the provision of ethics documentation required by funding agencies to ensure proposed work may be carried out by the applicant(s)
- provides training for use of materials in risk group levels 1 to 3
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