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September 24, 2017
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Research Involving Biohazardous Materials

When research involves biohazardous materials, i.e., risk group 1 or 2 agents as defined by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), all work must be completed in accordance with Laurierís Biosafety Program, the Laboratory Biosafety Guidelines published by PHAC, and all other relevant legislation. 

Projects involving the use of biohazardous materials will be reviewed by the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC). An internal permit application along with risk assessment will be submitted by the researcher to the IBC for review. Work with risk group 1 agents must be performed in a containment level 1 laboratory area with level 1 appropriate work procedures. Risk group 2 agents require a containment level 2 facility with level 2 appropriate work procedures. Upon approval by the IBC, an internal permit will be issued and the project will be entered into a database maintained by the Biosafety Officer (BSO).

If a researcher indicates on a grant application that a project will involve biohazardous materials, the Office of Research Services will contact the BSO to determine whether the project has been reviewed and approved by the IBC.

Please contact Sarah Lamb, Biological/Chemical/Radiation Safety Officer ( or x3108) for assistance with the permit application processes.


Safety, Health, Environment & Risk Management (SHERM)


Biological Materials Permit Application