Summer is here! Stay Cool and Prevent Heat Stress

July 18, 2024

When working in hot environments, heat can put stress on your body’s cooling system. Heat combined with other stresses (such as humidity, air movement, clothing, physical work, loss of fluids, fatigue, or some medical conditions), may lead to heat-related illnesses. Therefore, early recognition and protection is important to prevent heat stress. Tips to protect workers […]

Transporting Chemicals Within Buildings

March 19, 2021

Instructions in the event of a spill while transporting chemicals within a building (e.g. from a central storeroom to a lab).  Includes the steps to take in case of a spill and essential contact information.  Find the document here and under the Chemical and Lab Safety page.

NEW – Guidelines on Working Alone in the Lab

January 19, 2021

If you plan on working alone in the lab, please review the new guidelines on assessing individual risk and how to mitigate the hazards. PIs are responsible for ensuring that work conducted alone is approved before commencing. See the new guidelines here.

Prevention of Accidental Importation of Chemical Weapons Convention Controlled Chemicals

June 16, 2020

Background information and recommendations for the prevention of accidental importation of Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) controlled chemicals are now available here. Tables of Schedule 2 and Schedule 3 chemicals are included. If you have any questions or need any further information, please contact

Pre-Filled WHMIS-Compliant Workplace Labels for Commonly Used Chemicals Now Available

April 14, 2020

Pre-filled Workplace Label templates that comply with the new WHMIS 2015 regulation are now available for many commonly used hazardous chemicals at These templates are formatted print on Avery 60506 labels for your convenience. If any of your commonly used hazardous chemicals are missing from this list, please contact to have pre-filled template(s) […]

Principles & Practices of Biosafety CANCELLED

March 13, 2020

As part of the efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19, we have decided to CANCEL the five day course Principles & Practices of Biosafety, originally scheduled for June 1 – June 5, 2020. We will be updating the webpage and contacting registrants with possible rescheduling dates as more information becomes available. Our popular 5-day […]

NEW Guidelines on Working with Nanomaterials

February 26, 2020

The Guidelines on Working with Nanomaterials provide a simple approach to assessing and controlling the risk around the use of nanomaterials even when the exact hazard presented by the materials is unknown. The unknown degree of hazard presented by nanomaterials is the most common state of knowledge for these relatively novel materials. However they tend […]