SFU has a comprehensive biosafety program to ensure compliance with all regulatory requirements and is governed by the Institutional Biosafety Committee under the Vice President, Research.

SFU faculty and staff members intending to conduct research, teaching and testing involving biohazardous material, under the auspices of SFU and/or using SFU resources, are required to submit a biosafety permit application through the biosafety permit database. An approved biosafety permit must be in place in advance of such work.

Specific procedures

Tools and resources for the safe use of biohazardous materials are provided below, including Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Guidelines.

As per regulatory requirements, each individual lab or research group must develop and document SOPs for the work conducted in the containment zone. EHS has developed customizable SOP templates for routine operations that individual labs or research groups can edit to document their lab-specific guidelines. In addition, labs must develop and document other SOPs that are specific to the activities of their lab.

All SOPs must be uploaded to the attachment section of the Biosafety Permit for review by the Institutional Biosafety Committee.

If you have any questions about the work that you are doing, always ask your supervisor. Still unsure? Contact EHS.

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)