Biosafety is the safety measures taken with respect to the effects of biological research on humans, animals, plants and the environment.
The Biosafety Program at Western has many components, including the Biological Agents Permit Application (BAPA), biosafety inspections, hazardous waste policy and animal protocols.
The Biological Agents Permit Application (BAPA) is a document used to access the risk of your project and ensure that there are adequate laboratory physical and operational controls in place. This document is also used to ensure that the University meets the requirements of granting agencies.
All personnel in biosafety laboratories need:
For more information, please see our Required Training page.
Step 1: Visit the Biosafety website. Familiarize yourself with the documents on this website, including the Biosafety Guidelines for Containment Level 1 & 2 Laboratories.
Step 2: Visit the websites on the External Links for Biosafety. Familiarize yourself with the standards, especially the Public Health Agency of Canada "Canadian Biosafety Standard".
Step 4: Complete Occupational Health and Safety training. All personnel in biosafety laboratories need to have:
Step 5: Contact the Biosafety Officer regarding a biosafety laboratory inspection. Please note that only projects with a containment level of 2 or 3, or Large Scale Production laboratories require a biosafety inspection on campus.