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Biosafety Emergency Preparedness Plan Assistance

 (Last Updated: April 3, 2020)

  • Please contact to enrol in the online training for emergency response.
  • Please refer to the biosafety manual for more information on emergency prepardeness plans.
  • Containment Level 1 and 2 laboratories should take into consideration the following:
  • Announced University Essential Research and Lab Activities On-campus Only: Once a period of essential research and lab activities on-campus only is announced, all on-going experiments must cease so that the biological hazards will not present a danger.  Please anticipate contingency plans for biological agents that are being cultured and require ongoing maintenance.  Follow the procedures found on the Extended Closure of Research Laboratory webpage and complete the Laboratory Ramp Down ChecklistNote: biological agents are not authorized to be transferred off-campus without prior approval from the Biosafety Committee.
  • Storage: Biological agents must be kept in labelled locked storage equipment within commissioned areas listed on your Biosafety Permit. 
  • Equipment:  Non-essential servicing of equipment will not be possible during a shut-down.  Permit Holders should arrange contingency plans for any equipment that requires ongoing maintenance. 
  • Inventory: Inventory of biological agents must be accounted for and re-inventoried once a university-wide shut down has ended.
  • Shipping/Receiving: New shipments of biological agents may be delayed or postponed until after the extended closure.  No biological agents are permitted off-campus unless approved by the appropriate Safety Committee.  Please contact the Biosafety and Radiation Safety Officer if there are any issues (i.e. time-sensitive samples).
  • Eyewash and Shower Testing: Weekly emergency safety eyewash testing and emergency safety shower testing can be suspended if authorized users are not present in the lab. The extended closure should be noted on the inspection checklist sheet.
  • Biosafety Emergency: In the event of a biosafety emergency during a university-wide shut down, the Biosafety Officer (BSO) will still be available by email or cell phone: 416.818.6440.  Ensure all of the posted emergency contact information in your lab is is up-to-date.
  • Biosafety Information: For more information, please see the biosafety manual or reach out to the BSO, Francis, at ext. 6316 or


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