Biosafety Policies & Procedures
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This document outlines the procedure to follow when biohazarous agents are to be ordered.
Importation of Biohazardous Material
If you are importing human or terrestrial animal pathogens, you will need to contact the Biological Safety Officer (BSO), Tony Hammoud at x88730.
Import permits from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) are required for:
- pathogens causing foreign animal and emerging animal diseases (i.e., pathogens that are not established in or indigenous to Canada);
- animals, animal products and by-products, tissues, sera and blood that are infected with animal pathogens;
- aquatic animal pathogens: and
- plant pathogens
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has determined that some strains of Escherichia coli do not have any CFIA regulatory requirements. To see the lists of Escherichia coli click here.
The Public Health Agency of Canada has determined that some organisms are non-pathogenic and do not require import permits from PHAC. To see the list click here.
For information on Cedarlane orders of Level 2 Biohazards (or above), please click here.
This policy applies to all people who enter or work in animal housing facilities.
This Safety Alert outlines how to clearly label Biohazard waste containers.
Workplace Health Policy for those working with Lentivirus or Lentivirus-based Vectors.
After Hours Exposure Emergency Care Protocols
- Blood Borne Pathogen Exposure from the ImPaKT (CL2 and CL3) Facility, HIV Research After Hours Protocol
- Blood Borne Pathogen Exposure Injury to a Western Dental Employee/Student
- Injury to A Western Employee from A Non-Human Primate/B Virus Exposure After Hours Care
- Lentiviral Vector Post Exposure Treatment: After Hours Care
A chart that breaks down work with AAV into three containment levels to provide more clarity and avoid unnecessary procedures.
Biosafety guidelines and procedures to follow in Containment Level 1 and 2 laboratories.
This policy applies to animal work involving viral vectors, such as Adenoviral vectors or Lentivirus vectors.
What every user needs to know about biological safety cabinets, including the certification process.
Information you will need if you work with human source materials.
How to use autoclaves properly at Western and verify waste loads using ampoules.
Information on the application of the right concentration of bleach for disinfecting purposes.
Information you will need if you work with rodent orhuman primary or established cells and rodents.
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