Research Involving Biohazardous and Radioactive Materials Policy

Effective Date: September 24, 2012
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Purpose/Rationale:

To date, The Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning (hereafter referred to as “Humber” or “the College”) employees have not engaged in research that involves biohazardous and/or radioactive materials. In addition, there are no plans to engage in research involving these materials in the foreseeable future. However, should this situation change, the College will commit itself to protecting employees, students, the community and the environment from potential hazards that may arise in the handling and management of biohazardous and/or radioactive materials. This policy has been developed to comply with eligibility requirements of federal funding agencies (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)) concerning research involving biohazardous and radioactive materials. This policy outlines the College’s official position on research involving biohazardous and/or radioactive materials.

Scope:

The policy applies to all College research and teaching activities.

Definitions:

Biohazards:  infectious agents or biological materials that present a direct or indirect risk or potential risk to the health of humans, animals or the environment

Radioactive materials: materials that emit ionizing radiation in the form of alpha or beta particle or gamma rays and may present a risk to humans, animals or the environment

Policy:

1. Although Humber College employees have never engaged in college-sanctioned research involving biohazardous and/or radioactive materials, the College subscribes in principle to responsible handling and management of these materials to ensure the protection of humans, animals and the environment.

2. Should the decision be made at a future date to engage in research involving biohazardous or radioactive materials, Humber College employees and students will implement care and management practices consistent with all legislative and regulatory requirements, including Health Canada’s Laboratory Biosafety Guidelines and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission’s regulations, the Hazardous Products Act, the Hazardous Materials Information Review Act, and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Standards.  In addition, individuals responsible for supervising or working in areas where such research is conducted will be expected to adhere to appropriate Occupational Health and Safety Act requirements, policies and procedures.

References:

 Laboratory Biosafety Guidelines, 3rd Edition 2004

Hazardous Products Act, 1985

Hazardous Materials Information Review Act, 1985

Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Standards

Occupational Health and Safety Act of Ontario, 1990

Acknowledgements: This policy has been adopted from Mohawk College with their permission, and adapted for Humber College.  Humber gratefully acknowledges the contribution of Mohawk College in this regard.