Biosafety Program


The Biosafety Program applies to all persons directing or involved in the handling or storage of biohazards for research and teaching purposes. Biohazards include, but are not limited to: infectious material (e.g. bacteria, viruses, fungi, cell lines, blood, prions, animal pathogens, aquatic animal pathogens, vector-borne pathogens and plant pests, and microbial toxins (e.g. botulinum toxin, cholera toxin and diphtheria toxin)).

The University of Calgary’s Biosafety Program is designed to promote and monitor compliance with acts, regulations, directives, standards, and guidelines published by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), provincial regulators, and other parties with oversight over biosafety and biosecurity.

The Biosafety Committee is an advisory committee to the Vice-President Research, ensuring the effectiveness of the biosafety program. The committee meets quarterly and is responsible for developing standards or procedures to be followed when handling biohazards in accordance with the applicable acts, regulations, directives, standards and guidelines.

These include, but are not limited to: Human Pathogens and Toxins Act and Regulations,  Health of Animals Act and RegulationsCanadian Biosafety StandardsContainment Standards for Facilities Handling Aquatic Animal PathogensContainment Standards for Facilities Handling Plant Pests, Arthropod Containment Guidelines, and other applicable Federal and Provincial acts, regulations, standards and Municipal bylaws.

Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference - Revised Sep. 24, 2015

Committee Members

Dr. Roman Krawetz

Chair, nonvoting (unless a deciding vote is required)

Cumming School of Medicine — Senate

rkrawetz@ucalgary.ca  | 403.210.6268  

Vacant

Voting

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Doug Morck

Vice-Chair, voting

Animal Health Unit

dmorck@ucalgary.ca | 403.220.5278

Dr. Robert Thompson

Voting

Office of the Vice-President (Research)

rthompso@ucalgary.ca | 403.220.5407

Dr. Neil Duncan

Voting

Schulich School of Engineering

duncan@ucalgary.ca | 403.220.8553

Raylene De Bruyn

Voting

Faculty of Kinesiology

reimer@ucalgary.ca | 403.220.8218

James Wang

Voting

Laboratory Technician

wangji@ucalgary.ca | 403.210.3880

Laura Eggen

Voting

Laboratory Technician

ljeggen@ucalgary.ca | 403.220.5880

Dr. Eoin O'Grady

Ex officio, voting

University Biosafety Officer

epogrady@ucalgary.ca | 403.220.7509

Mike Leaist

Ex officio, nonvoting

Director of Environment, Health and Safety

mike.leaist@ucalgary.ca | 403.220.4028

Kate Williams

Ex officio, voting

Manager of Research, Ethics and Compliance

kwillia@ucalgary.ca | 403.220.7938

The University of Calgary has developed a Biosafety Manual to provide direction through policies and procedures to minimize the risks when working with biohazards. The Biosafety Manual applies to all persons performing controlled activities involving the handling/storage of biohazards for research and teaching purposed within facilities managed and controlled by the university.

The university is committed to adhere to the relevant, most current version of:

and other applicable Federal and Provincial acts, regulations, standards and Municipal bylaws.

Principal Investigators (PIs) must obtain a Biosafety Permit from the Biosafety Committee for the handling or storage of biohazards. Biosafety Permit application/modification/renewal and biohazard inventory are managed online through BioLogistix, a module of ChematixTM

The PI must keep the Biosafety Permit current by identifying changes in biohazards or locations, as required. The PI must annually renew the permit.

Requirements are in place governing import, export, receipt, and transfer of biohazards. Refer to the Biosafety Manual for Biohazard Transfer Procedure.

All biosafety training courses offered by the university are accessed via Enterprise Learning. See our training offerings for more information.

Eoin O’Grady PhD CRSP
University Biosafety Officer
Manager, Occupational Health and Safety (Foothills and Spy Hill Campuses)
HSC G222 
epogrady@ucalgary.ca | 403.220.7509