McMaster University

McMaster University


Registration is completed through the course registration process on Mosaic as illustrated.




Undergraduate lab courses that require biosafety training must specify BIOSAFE 1BS0 as a pre- or co- requisite. BIOSAFE 1BS0 is biosafety training required for all persons handling risk group one materials under supervision in lab courses. These include, but are not limited to:

  • lab or cloning strains of bacteria, yeast and baculoviruses
  • human and animal tumour cell lines that have been highly characterized
  • any other item that has been assessed as RISK GROUP 1



Undergraduate Students


Once registered in Mosaic through the course registration page, it will take 2 business days for it to show up on your Avenue To Learn account.


Once completed in Avenue to Learn, you will need to retain your proof of completion documentation (screencap of your Assessments > Grades in Avenue) to get entry into your first lab session. The completed mark does not get transferred to your transcript until the end of the semester, therefore if you need to complete in a short amount of time - use the proof in lieu of a transcript.


It is your responsibility to register for BIOSAFE 1BS0 if your lab course requires it. BIOSAFE 1BS0 is delivered by registering through Mosaic and completing the modules through the Avenue To Learn website.


Register in Mosaic >>> 2 business days later >>> Complete in Avenue >>> End of Semester >>> Marks go to transcript in Mosaic


As you can see from the timeline above, you don't have access to proof of completion via your transcript until the end of the semester. Therefore if you need it now, you need to follow the instructions below.


Undergraduate Students - Registering A Semester Ahead


If you have registered a semester ahead, meaning that you have registered for BIOSAFE 1BS0 now but your lab course doesn't start until next semester, you MUST complete BIOSAFE 1BS0 NOW. The course software closes the course and uploads the grades at the end of THIS semester. This means that if you did not complete the course, it will go on your transcript as NOT COMPLETE. This will prevent you from registering for any courses that require BIOSAFE 1BS0 next semester. This will also prevent you from graduating, even if you never needed the course. This is because it is now on your transcript and associated with a NOT COMPLETE.


Undergraduate Students - Registering Because You Need It THIS Semester


If you require to complete BIOSAFE 1BS0 for a course THIS semester, you must complete it BEFORE your first laboratory. The instructors have been instructed to prohibit you from entering the laboratory until they have verified that this is completed. You require 100% in each module to pass the training. If you have any questions on the content of the 1BS0 course, email or immediately.


Undergraduate Students - Proof of Completion


It is imperative that you collect this information. At the time of completion in Avenue, you should collect proof of completion especially if you need it for a course THIS semester. Click Assessments >>> Grades then obtain a screen capture of the information (CTRL+PrtSc) and either print or save the information into another format (pdf, Word, Excel). If you require proof of completion from a previous semester, it should be on your Mosaic Transcript. Any costs associated with obtaining this information is your responsibility.



Supervisors & Lab Instructors


Persons who run undergraduate labs where handling of biological material is required must assess the prescribed activities for training and facility requirements. Laboratories handling human specimens, where the specimens are not expected to be infectious or are not being cultured (Nursing, Kinesiology, Anatomy etc) it is likely that Routine Practices is required. Please consult the PID - Use of Human Samples to determine what your undergraduate laboratory requires.


If your undergraduate lab course requires biosafety training 1BS0, then your course also requires a Biohazard Utilization Protocol.  Contact your Supervisor or the Biosafety Office.


If your undergraduate lab course requires the 1BS0 biosafety training, you must verify that BIOSAFE 1BS0 is completed by your students prior to entry into their first lab session. Any student who has not completed BIOSAFE 1BS0 is prohibited from entering the laboratory.


The simplest way to verify completion is have the student provide proof. Click Assessments >>> Grades then obtain a screen capture of the information (CTRL+PrtSc) and either print or save the information into another format (pdf, Word, Excel).

Updated 31-Mar-2020



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