Biohazardous materials are considered to be any organism or its toxic metabolites believed to be potentially harmful to humans, animals or plants (e.g., viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites).

The granting agencies require that universities assess and warrant that their research activities are in compliance with various laws and policies including those relating to Biosafety. Aside from these agencies, applicable laws and regulations that are intended to manage environmental release that might result in human, plant, or animal disease, as well as affects on plant biology and ecology, including crop plants must be followed.

Any research conducted at Carleton University or undertaken by persons connected to the University, involving biohazardous materials, must be reviewed and approved by the Biohazards Committee prior to the commencement of any research project.

For additional information on biosafety and to register for training on handling biohazardous material, visit Biosafety – Environmental Health and Safety.