The University of Saskatchewan’s Biosafety Program aims to ensure safe acquisition, use, storage, transportation, abandonment, transference, releasement, and/or disposal of biological and biohazardous material(s). This program outlines the administrative and operational oversite for individuals working with biological and/or biohazardous materials that must meet all legislative requirements as set forth in the University's Biosafety Code of Practice and supporting documentation.
Codes and Standards
- Biosafety Code of Practice
- Laboratory Safety Manual
- Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS) Manual
- Canadian Biosafety Handbook
- Canadian Biosafety Standard
- Procurement and Transfer of Organisms and Biological Materials
- Hazardous Waste Disposal Standard
- Facilities Decommissioning Standard
Procedures and Guidelines
- Biosafety Cabinet Safety Guidelines
- Biosafety Plan Guide
- Coldroom Cleaning and Maintenance Procedure
- Laboratory Design Guide
- Monitoring Autoclave Efficacy
- Occupational Acquired Allergies and Sensitivities Awareness Guideline
- Phlebotomy Guidelines
- PHAC / CFIA Veterinary Practices: Physical Design and Operational Practices for Diagnostic Activities
- PHAC / CFIA Containment Level 1: Physical Design and Operational Practices
- TDG Guide for Shipping Biologicals
Forms and Templates
- Biohazard Agent Transfer Notification Form
- Biological Materials Declaration Form
- Biological Risk Group and Containment Level Assessment
- Biosafety Authorized Worker Training Record
- Biosafety Permit Application Form
- Biosafety Permit Amendment Form
- Biosafety Plan Template
- Chemical and Biological Inventory Template
- Risk Assessment for rDNA-GMMo-transgenics Form
- General Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) Template
- Laboratory Door Sign Template
- Site-Specific Training Record Template
- Vaccination Waiver Form
- WHMIS Labels
- Facility Decommissioning Certificate
- Exposure to Blood, Body Fluids, and/or Other Human Pathogens
- Chemical and Biological Safety Information
PHAC Biological Risk Group Assessment Tool
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has released a new online tool for researchers to determine the risk group of biological materials, which is called ePATHogen database. This database contains a searchable list of nearly 10,000 pathogens with their associated human and animal risk group (RG) classifications, their associated containment level (CL) and other containment considerations, as well as toxins with their associated regulatory status.
This database can be used as a tool when determining the risk group of the biological material when conducting a local risk assessment or a biosafety permit amendment is required for the addition of a biological material. Consult with the Biosafety group for any assistance.
Refer to the following link for the PHAC ePATHogen database:
Biosafety Cabinet Certification
The University of Saskatchewan has secured an exclusive single service provider for certification and servicing of biosafety cabinets (BSC) on campus. The following includes contact information and pricing from Con-TEST.
As per the Canadian Biosafety Standard, 2nd Edition (2015), all BSC’s need to be certified upon initial installation, annually, and after any repairs, modifications, or relocations. Clean benches require certification after installation only. Arranging and paying for biosafety cabinet service is the responsibility of the owner of the units (department / working group / principle investigator, etc.).
Leighton Davey, Local Service Technician, Saskatoon; Con-TEST
- Email: email@example.com
- Mobile: 306-251-0185
- Office: 1-800-321-3816
All prices are effective as of Jan. 31, 2018.
- Prices are per each unit.
- Prices are subject to GST.
- Price of parts and/or filters is not included in the service prices.
- All costs associated with servicing BSC’s and clean benches are to be covered by the owner of the system or the department.
|Annual BSC Certification||$153|
|BSC Certification via Canopy to HVAC||$153|
|BSC Filter Installation (Filter price not included)||$102 per hour|
|BSC Decontamination – Formaldehyde Gas||$280|
|BSC Decontamination – Chlorine Dioxide Gas||$520|
|Clean Bench Certification||$86.70|
|Hourly Rate if extra time is required for maintenance and repairs||$102 per hour|
Shannon Halvorsen, Customer Support Coordinator, Western Canada; Con-TEST
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Office: 1-905-423-6671, ext. 214
- Fax: 905-428-7703
Contact a member of the Biosafety team for more information.