Thompson Rivers University 50th Anniversary
Thompson Rivers University 50th Anniversary

Biosafety Orientation

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 osem@tru.ca to request an orientation.

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