COVID-19 Information for Researchers

Updated: July 7, 2021

For Researchers (General)

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, our typical work situation has changed and there are some new procedures that we must follow to protect ourselves and our fellow U of T community members when we work on campus. The following links provides information and outlines procedures that need to be implemented by research personnel on campus. The awareness video (~12 minutes) is for those who desire supplemental information on COVID-19 when working in research spaces.

For Researchers Working with SARS-CoV-2

This biosafety guideline is intended to assist laboratories in planning and implementing their research with SARS-CoV-2 (the causative viral agent of COVID-19) or related biological materials at the University of Toronto. The guideline is based on currently available scientific evidence, the Biosafety Advisory issued by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and is subject to review and change as new information becomes available.

A short online course has been launched to assist those working with the coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, or related biological materials. This course outlines some of the principles and practices that need to be addressed while working with SARS-CoV-2. This course is mandatory for anyone working with SARS-CoV-2. This includes, but is not limited to, the virus itself, cDNA, RNA, fixed tissue, infected, or likely infected cells or tissue.