HS30 – Biosafety Permits

Records of bio-hazardous materials use.

Related Records | Responsible Unit | Information Steward | Information Confidentiality Classification | Retention | Disposition | Authority | Retention RationaleVersion Information

Content & Scope

The control of bio-hazardous materials at the University is maintained through an internal permit system. Permits are required for handling Risk Group 2 organisms and material, Risk Group 1 organisms and material in quantities greater than 10 litres, and human blood and body fluids.

This records class excludes records of training of individual workers maintained in the human resources management system.

The records include applications for biosafety permits, permits, end user compliance statements, and worker registration and training records.

Related Records

For training records maintained in the human resources management system, see HR05 – Human Resources Management System.

Responsible Unit

Safety Office.

Information Steward

Vice-President, Administration & Finance.

Information Confidentiality Classification



  • Worker registration and training records: 3 years after termination of employment under the permit.
  • All other records: 3 years after expiry of permit.


Secure Destruction.


Responsible Units should document the disposal/destruction of official records using the University records destruction form or equivalent documentation, to verify that we are following our records retention rules.


  • Human Pathogens and Toxins Act
  • Health Canada. Laboratory Biosafety Guidelines.

Retention Rationale

The retention period is based on the limitation period under the Human Pathogens and Toxins Act, s. 62.

Approval Date

19 December 2011