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Health & Safety: Definitions & Links for Safe Work Practices in Pathobiology

WHIMS training

Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Ontario all new employees, including graduate, undergraduate and summer students, must undergo a safety orientation and WHMIS training. WHMIS training seminars are offered through the Faculty and Staff Development Opportunities Program. Additional courses are offered during peak summer employment times. See Elizabeth Gilbertson, Room 3840, for information.
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Material Safety Data Sheets

Material Safety Data Sheets are kept in every lab detailing hard copy information about physical, chemical and toxicological properties and hazards, as well as recommended handling and emergency procedures for each particular chemical used in that area. On- line information may also be accessed through Fisher Scientific Inc. under 'Services' or at U of G MSDS.

First Aid and Safety Courses

Environmental Health and Safety offer First Aid and Safety Courses in seminar and video-for-loan format.

Radioisotope License

Radioisotope License is required for projects using these chemicals. The Principle Investigator is responsible for users listed on their project license. All users must be certified by EHS: for Radiation Safety information and training contact Domenico Barillari Email: Phone: 519-824-4120 x54888.

Personal Protective Equipment

EHS Lab Safety Manual 'General Lab Safety', pages 20-24 (draft, web site not yet available)

Pathobiology Lab Coat Policy

Lab Coat Policy

Waste Disposal

Pathobiology has set up several procedures to facilitate safe and simplified methods of biohazardous waste disposal and chemical disposal, please see Krystyna Dziekanska or Cory Hall, room 2855, ext. 54529.

Animal Care Facilities

Animal Care Facilities operated under the Office of Research, are available for live animal research projects. Animal Utilization Protocols and guidelines.

Post Mortem Room

The Post Mortem Room is a joint AHL/Pathobiology facility. Access is limited to those immunized for Rabies. This area is administrated by AHL. Students new to Pathobiology are trained by their Supervisory Pathologists and may be directed to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) documented and maintained by AHL.

Biohazards Containment Certification

Biohazards Containment Certification is required and available through EHS, contact Domenico Barillari, prior to initiating any laboratory work detailing safety procedures associated with the use of biohazards, a webinar is available.

Biohazard Signage

Biohazard Signs are posted at the entry door of laboratories for all projects ranked ‘Level 2’ notifying building occupants, housekeeping and maintenance personnel that biohazardous agents are used at this location.

Biosafety Training Checklist

A Biosafety Training Checklist must be filled out insuring that persons handling biohazardous materials have received specialized training.

Biohazardous agents

Biohazardous agents are covered by WHMIS; Material Data Safety Sheets are required for workers for all biohazards that affect humans.

Biohazardous waste is decontaminated as documented in the Certification protocol.

Autoclave Service

Pathobiology provides autoclave service:

Additional Biosafety Resources