Biosafety Training

Biosafety PictogramAll laboratory personnel and others whose work requires them to enter the laboratory must understand the chemical and biological hazards and be trained in appropriate safety precautions and procedures. Personnel are required to know, understand, and follow standard practices and procedures. In addition to EHS-mandated safety training, additional laboratory safety training shall be provided by the Principal Investigator or their designate and competence in safe techniques must be demonstrated and documented before the personnel is allowed to work with hazardous agents or toxic materials. Please see the EHS Training Matrix to know which training is required in addition to the specific biosafety training below.
 
Training Matrix for Lab Personnel
Training Matrix for Administrative and Facilities Staff

Description
 

EHS601 Laboratory Biosafety Training
 
We offer Laboratory Biosafety training for all staff and students working with biological agents and materials in University laboratories (follow the registration link below to access details on EHS601 Laboratory Biosafety).

Principal Investigators are responsible for ensuring that each person under their direction is trained, understands the specific hazards associated with their work, and knows how to protect themselves from such hazards. All lab personnel must complete and sign with their PI a Memorandum of Understanding and Agreement on Biosafety (PDF). For more information on this document, refer to section 3 of “Full Course Details” listed under course EHS601 Laboratory Biosafety.

The Laboratory Biosafety Course is conducted online.  Material covered includes the classification of infectious agents by Risk Group, risk assessments and requirements for Containment Level 1, 2, and 3 laboratories, proper use of biosafety cabinets and autoclaves, biosecurity, and emergency response.
Method of Completion

 
 
(Online)
Self-Enrol via
My EHS Training
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Once
Pre-requisites/
Co-requisites

 
 
EHS101 WHMIS & Lab Safety (Once)

EHS112 WHMIS   Refresher
(Every 3 years)

EHS602 Biosafety Refresher
The Human Pathogens and Toxins  Act (HPTA) require annual refresher training on handling bioagents. In order to meet this legal obligation EHS provides this online Biosafety Refresher course (EHS602) for all faculty, staff and students. This course reviews the Human Pathogens and Toxins Act and Human Pathogens and Toxins Regulations and their implication for the University, faculty and personnel.

If you or your lab work with any bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, prions, natural and/or recombinant DNA & RNA; pathogens of plants or animal; tissues, cells, blood and/or body fluids from humans or animals, any synthetic form of human pathogens or toxin, proteins or toxins produced by, or derived from a micro-organism and able to cause disease in a human, animals or plants then you are required to take the course. This does not apply to people that do not use biological agents in their lab.
*Please be mindful of your own annual date to complete your Biosafety Refresher – No reminders will be sent*
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(Online)
Self-Enrol via
My EHS Training
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Every 1 year
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EHS601 Laboratory Biosafety (Once)

EHS101 WHMIS & Lab Safety (Once)

EHS112 WHMIS Refresher   
(Every 3 years)

EHS603 Blood Borne-Pathogens
 
This online course reviews blood-borne pathogens and exposure control principles, practices, and requirements as mandated by the Occupational Health and Safety Act and other regulations and guidelines.  The course covers immunization, post-exposure prophylaxis and other emergency response measures and reporting requirements.
All personnel need to attend this course and pass the test prior to starting work or study with:
– Blood-borne pathogens such as prions, hepatitis B or C virus, and HIV virus.
– Human blood products, such as whole blood, plasma, serum, platelets, and white cells; or other human body fluids such as semen, cerebrospinal fluid, vaginal secretions, joint fluid, pleural fluid, peritoneal fluid, pericardial fluid, or amniotic fluid.
– Human tissue, organs, or primary cell cultures.
– Animals, or animal blood or body fluids or unfixed tissues, infected with blood-borne pathogens, OR performing tasks where such animals are housed.
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(Online)
Self-Enrol via
My EHS Training
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Once
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EHS601 Laboratory Biosafety (Once)
EHS602 Biosafety Refresher (Annually)
EHS101 WHMIS & Lab Safety (Once)
EHS112 WHMIS Refresher   
(Every 3 years)

EHS101 WHMIS
Laboratory WHMIS is a legal requirement for all employees and graduate students who work in a lab with or near any chemicals.
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(Online)
Self-Enrol via
My EHS Training
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Once
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None

EHS112 WHMIS Refresher
This course is designed for those who have already taken WHMIS at the University. This refresher should be taken every 3 years for those who continue to work with or near chemicals.
*Please be mindful of your own date to complete your WHMIS Refresher – No reminders will be sent*
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(Online)
Self-Enrol via
My EHS Training
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Every 3 years
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EHS 101 WHMIS & Lab Safety (Once)

EHS607 Principles and Practices of Biosafety
The Principles & Practices of Biosafety course is a comprehensive 5-day lecture series which introduces the essential elements of biosafety. Participants of this interactive course will have the opportunity to advance their biosafety knowledge in such areas as risk assessment, protective measures, facility and equipment requirements and governmental regulations. The course content has been developed and will be delivered by a diverse panel of experts in the field of Biosafety including University of Toronto Institutional Biosafety Committee members and provincial and federal regulators.
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Target Audience: This course is intended for biosafety officers and hence background in (biology, microbiology and molecular biology) would be useful.
Schedule: This course is offered once per year.
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0(In-class)
Register here
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None
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None
 

EHS619 Special U of T Ground TDG training for people transporting biological agents between U of T buildings
Section 6.1 of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Regulations states that a person who handles, offers for transport, or transports dangerous goods must be adequately trained and hold a training certificate. In compliance with the TDG Act, this training is only intended for staff and students at the University of Toronto that will be carrying genetically modified risk group one (RG1), clinical samples and RG2 biological agents between university buildings downtown or our teaching hospitals.
Please note: This training is not meant for people that will be shipping biological agents by carriers.
This training is only offered once a year.
Dates: TBA
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(In-class)
Email EHS Courses to register
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Every 3 years
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None

Registering for Training
EHS courses are restricted to University of Toronto employees, students and externals conducting authorized activities at the university requiring specific EHS training as deemed necessary by management. Please refer to the EHS Training Matrices to learn which courses are required for your work at the university: 
 
Training Matrix for Lab Personnel  
Training Matrix for Administrative and Facilities Staff
 
 
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