Human Resources

Biosafety Policies & Procedures

Biohazardous Order Procedure 

This document outlines the procedure to follow when biohazarous agents are to be ordered.

Importation of Biohazardous Material

If you are importing material that may be biohazardous, you will need import permit(s).

As of April 1, 2013, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Public Health Agency of Canada have changed the process for import permits.  For more information, click here.

Import permits for terrestrial animal and human pathogens, as well as the certification of laboratories handling these types of pathogens are done by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) ) issues permits 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, tissue, 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 this list 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.

Labelling Biohazard Waste

This Safety Alert outlines how to clearly label Biohazard waste containers.

Policy for those working with Lentivirus or Lentivirus-based Vectors

Workplace Health Policy for those working with Lentivirus or Lentivirus-based Vectors.

Guidelines for Use of Estrogen Inhibitors in Rodents

A guideline for those using Estrogen Inhibitors including Tamoxifen.

Biosafety Manual

Biosafety guidelines and procedures to follow in Containment Level 1 and 2 laboratories.

Research Utilizing Virus Vector Transduced Cells or Virus Infection of Animals

This policy applies to animal work involving viral vectors, such as Adenoviral vectors or Lentivirus vectors.

Procedures for the Effective Use of Biological Safety Cabinets

What every user needs to know about biological safety cabinets, including the certification process.

Human Blood and Body Fluids

Information you will need if you work with human source materials.

Standard Operating Procedures for Autoclaving & Load Verification

How to use autoclaves properly at Western and verify waste loads using ampoules.

Use of Human and Rodent Cells in Animals

Information you will need if you work with rodent orhuman primary or established cells and rodents.