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

If you are a SFU faculty member conducting research, teaching, and testing involving biohazardous material that is undertaken under the auspices of SFU and/or using SFU resources you are required to apply for a biosafety permit through the biosafety permit database.

Specific procedures

Tools and resources for the safe use of biohazardous materials are provided below, including new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) templates.

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 Procedure (SOP) templates