In order to provide a safe working and learning environment for staff, students, and visitors working with, or in proximity to, biohazardous materials are required to undergo a mandatory biosafety orientation.
Biohazardous are materials of biological origin that may be potentially harmful to humans, animals, plants, or the environment and include:
- Pathogenic microorganisms such as viruses, fungi, parasites and bacteria;
- Biological toxins from microorganisms, plants, and animals;
- Materials that may contain the above-mentioned agents (e.g. cell cultures; tissue, blood and body fluids from humans and animals; environmental samples);
- Certain proteins and nucleic acids;
- Genetically modified organisms that may be hazardous to the environment if released.
At TRU, these types of materials are typically found in the Containment Level 2 lab located in the Ken Lepin Building. Orientation is provided by TRU’s Biosafety Officer. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request an orientation.