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.

Important Updates

Memo: Changes in Biological Waste Disposal Services

Biohazardous Waste Disposal Guidelines

Memo: 2018 BPAC Submission Deadlines


Codes and Standards

Procedures and Guidelines

Forms and Templates



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.).

Contact information

Leighton Davey, Local Service Technician, Saskatoon; Con-TEST


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.
BSC Services 2018
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

Contact a member of the Biosafety team for more information.