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Wilfrid Laurier University Office of Research Services
September 21, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence

NSERC Biohazard Guidelines



Researchers and members of their research teams who are conducting, or propose to conduct, research involving biohazards must adhere to the standards, as required by NSERC, and outlined in the Laboratory Biosafety Guidelines (2004) .

NSERC requires that applicants or their supervisor(s) must obtain certification that the laboratory procedures being used comply with the safety precautions necessary for the level of containment required by the research.

The applicant's signature on the NSERC award application signifies that the applicant agrees to abide by the guidelines.

If, during the course of an award, the research changes enough to require certification, the Principal Investigator (with a copy to the Office of Research Services and the Dean of Science) must inform NSERC promptly, and the appropriate certification must be obtained within the institution.

If requested by NSERC, WLU's Office of Research Services, or any other agency, Sarah Lamb, Biological/Chemical/Radiation Safety Officer (slamb@wlu.ca or x3108), along with a certified member of the Joint Health and Safety Committee, will undertake an audit of the identified research space(s) to ensure that the facility meets or exceeds the requirements listed in the Laboratory Biosafety Guidelines. If modifications or upgrades are requested, these must be completed prior to the start of the research project. 


Research personnel may also be required to undergo immunization, with appropriate vaccines, as indicated by the Laboratory Biosafety Guidelines. It is the responsibility of the grantee to ensure that these records are kept up to date for all research staff involved in the project.

These Guidelines must be adhered to for all NSERC-funded research, and for all other funded or unfunded research involving biohazards.