Biosafety Program Applicability

In order to determine if your work and research or current or future biological inventory is applicable under the biosafety program, please complete this form to the best of your ability. Once completed it will be submitted to the bioafety office for review.

Please complete this form collectively for all present and future work, all projects, all inventory etc.

The biosafety program is implemented through the Vice President, Research and is administered through the Presidential Biosafety Advisory Committee and the McMaster Biosafety Office. The programs related to biosafsety are found here.

This assessment is subject to change with changing legislations and policy. Upon update, the assessment will be re-uploaded. Last update: April 6, 2017.

Do you have in storage or in use or do you intend to acquire or do any of the following:

Any type1 of tissue or sample that is reasonably expected to contain2 infectious materials, organisms or toxins ?
Does your lab dispose of its biowaste using red or yellow biohazard waste bag-lined boxes/bins/barrels?
Any eukaryotic cell lines or primary eukaryotic cells for propagative or non-propagative3 culture?
Any type of sample for the purposes of propagative or non-propagative culture?
Any type of purchased or isolated pathogenic or non-pathogenic bacteria, virus, fungi, protist or non-cephalopod invertebrate?
Any biological toxin of microorganism origin?
Any Macaque tissue or sample or that from any animal that is a reservoir of a zoonotic pathogen?
Any prions, infectious nucleic acids or parasites?
Any plants, plant materials, seeds, soil or arthropods?
Any autoclaves, or does your work require the use of autoclaves?
Do you have or have you imported, or do you intend to import any aquatic animals?
If you do not carry out biohazard work, do you send any workers into biohazard labs to do biohazard work?
Do you possess, intend to import, export or create or intend to create any genetically modified organisms?
Do you or do you intend to offer for environmental release any of the above?
Do you possess DNA or RNA sequences homologous to or derived from Risk Group 3 or Risk Group 4 organisms?

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1Human, terrestrial animal, aquatic animal, plant, fungi, soil or environmental
2reasonably expected to contain infectious materials, organisms or toxins – the specimen was taken from a human, animal, plant or environmental locale whose history or current information indicates that the sample will be infectious; the specimen was taken from a human, animal, plant or environmental locale that was intentionally infected; the specimen was proven to be infectious (RMM600, 4.12)
3Where a sample is put into in vitro culture to keep it alive for various purposes and includes electrophysiology, organ culture and live flow cytometry.