Biosafety Training

Mandatory for all persons working with Risk Group 1-3 biohazards

Research Safety partners with researchers across campus to promote safe work practices in laboratory research that is in accordance with applicable regulations. Safety is an essential component of responsible, reproducible science. Training courses, both online and/or in-person are available.

Radiation, Biosafety & Chemical Safety Training Practical Sessions: Fall Term

Starting at the beginning of the fall term, all practical sessions will be located at the permanent SRS training lab in Koerner Pavilion, UBC Hospital. This means that Biosafety and Chemical Safety training sessions are moving from Wesbrook (6174 University Boulevard) to Koerner Pavilion (2211 Wesbrook Mall) room G326 in September 2021. Sessions will not be offered from August 30th to September 3rd 2021 during the transition.

Practical sessions will resume the week of September 6th at the Koerner location. September sessions will be open for booking as of August 27 2021. Thank you for your patience.

Location: Room G326, Koerner Pavilion UBC Hospital

  • Building is secure, access is only through UBC Hospital at the Main Wesbrook entrance and you will be asked to show identification, sanitize your hands and wear a mask.
  • Once inside the hospital, G326 is one level down.
  • Please leave time to find the location and arrive on time. Map link for directions
  • If you cannot attend a booked session, please cancel as soon as you can so that others are able to register.

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Before attending the session, you must

When attending the session, you must:

  • Wear a non-medical mask.
  • Arrive on time! Latecomers will not be allowed to join.
  • Leave behind all superfluous items as space is limited.

Bring your own:

  1. Lab coat (Mandatory) – we have spares, but if you choose to use a spare you may be wearing one that other people have also worn so we recommend you bring your own.
  2. Safety glasses (Mandatory) – we have spares, but if you choose to use a spare you will be wearing ones that other people have also worn.
  3. Pen for writing the final quiz (Mandatory).
  4. Lab appropriate clothing – long loose-fitting pants and fully covering liquid resistant shoes (Mandatory).

Please Note:
Non-medical face masks are required in healthcare settings, including UBC Hospital, and you can expect some closer physical interaction during session activities!


Biosafety Training

Which Biosafety Course do I need?

If you are… Then take It includes
Faculty who is applying for a Biosafety Permit Biosafety for Permit Holders
UBC Principal Investigators Only
  • 1 x 20 min online module followed by a quiz
Faculty who is applying to renew a Biosafety Permit Biosafety Refresher for Permit Holders
UBC Principal Investigators Only
  • 1 x 20 min online module followed by a quiz
Staff, visiting research or student working under a Biosafety Permit who has not taken the course before and with access to or handling of risk group 1-3 biological materials Biosafety for Study Team Members
    • Part 1: 9 x 15 minute online modules, each followed by a quiz
    • Part 2: A 2.5-hour in-person session with a written exam
Staff, visiting research or student working under a Biosafety Permit who has an expired certificate Biosafety Refresher for Study Team Members
  • 4 x 15 min online modules each followed by a quiz
Faculty, staff, visiting researcher or student shipping biological substances who has never taken TDG training Transportation of Dangerous Goods Class 6.2 – Infectious Substances

  • 6 hour session

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