Environmental Health and Safety

Environmental Health and Safety

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Biohazards Committee

The Queen's University Biohazard Committee, on behalf of the University, will determine whether the risk assessment and risk mitigation measures are appropriate for the nature of biohazardous work in progress or proposed, accredit the facilities on an ongoing basis, assist the design of appropriate laboratories, procedures and training of personnel, and serve as an educational resource to members of the University community.

Members of the University community who are contemplating work involving the following biological materials are required to contact the University Biological Safety Officer to begin the process to obtain a Biohazard Permit for this work before such work begins:

•  Human or terrestrial animal pathogens or toxins regulated under the Canadian Biosafety Standards (2nd edition, 2015, Public Health Agency of Canada)

•  Biological material regulated by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency

•  Animal material that might contain foreign animal diseases

•  Plant pests or material that might contain such pests

•  Aquatic animal pathogens or material that might contain such pathogens

•  Tissue or fluids of human origin

•  Microorganisms and cultured cell lines regardless of the risk group to which they have been assigned

Permits must be renewed annually.

The Tri-Council Memorandum of Understanding with the University relating to biohazardous research funded by the three federal granting agencies (CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC) requires compliance with all applicable legislation and regulations, which includes the Canadian Biosafety Standards (CBS). In addition, the University has adopted the CBS, whether or not the work is externally funded and whether or not the sponsoring agency requires such certification.

For information and assistance contact Natalie Roy at royn@queensu.ca.

Biohazard Committee Membership

The University Biohazards Committee is composed of the following members:

The University Biohazards Committee
Name Department
Dr. Kenton Ko (Chair) Department of Biology
Mr. Dan Langham (ex-officio) Department of Environmental Health & Safety
Dr. Andrew Winterborn (ex-officio) Office of the University Veterinarian and University Research Service
Dr. Nancy Martin Department of Biomedical and Molecular Science
Dr. Maha Othman Department of Biomedical and Molecular Science
Dr. Xiaolong Yang Department of Pathology and Molecular Science
Dr. M. Yat Tse Department of Biomedical and Molecular Science
Dr. Che Colpitts (begins Sept 2021)  Department of Biomedical and Molecular Science
Ms. Irena Kolodziej-Hefford Community Member


Meeting Dates and Application Deadlines

Meeting Date Time Application Deadline (by 8 am)
September 9, 2021 (Thursday)  1-2:30 pm August 27, 2021 (Thursday)
October 13, 2021 (Wednesday) 1-2:30 pm September 29, 2021 (Wednesday)
November 11, 2021 (Thursday) 1-2:30 pm October 28, 2021 (Thursday)
December 9, 2021 (Thursday) 1-2:30 pm November 25, 2021 (Thursday)
February 10, 2022 (Thursday) 1-2:30 pm January 27, 2022 (Thursday)
March 10, 2022 (Thursday) 1-2:30 pm February 24, 2022 (Thursday)
April 13, 2022 (Wednesday) 1-2:30 pm March 30, 2022 (Wednesday)
May 12, 2022 (Thursday) 1-2:30 pm April 28, 2022 (Thursday)
June 9, 2022 (Thursday) 1-2:30 pm May 26, 2022 (Thursday)


Committee Terms of Reference (PDF 15 KB)