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1 Jennifer Wesley Manager, Research Risk University of Guelph

2 USF grad student burns face in lab accident Prof dies in lab accident Researcher may have caught Ebola in lab accident Students injured in WRA lab fire settle suit for $18.9 million Damage estimated at $1.2 million in fire at U of Manitoba Explosion blows professor through ceiling Fumes from lab accident clear UQAM building

3 Risk -uncertainty about outcomes that can be positive or negative Risk management – the process of making and implementing decisions that will minimize the adverse effects of accidental losses on the organization

4 Health and safety of you and your colleagues Property Liability Net income Personnel

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6 Chemical Biohazards Radiation General laboratory equipment Environmental Nanomaterials Controlled goods or technology Field work Travel Political unrest Transgenic plants and animals Animal use Industrial processes and equipment ….

7 PlanDoCheckAct

8 Health Canada regulates Human Pathogens and Toxins Human Pathogens and Toxins Act Regulations to be Established Laboratory Biosafety Guidelines Medical Surveillance The Canadian Food Inspection Agency regulates plant, animal and veterinary use of biohazards Institutional license and individual permit system Training Inspections

9 The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission regulated the use of nuclear materials Very stringent rules Regular audits/visits University Consolidated License Permits for individual users Ministry of Labour regulates the use of lasers and x- rays Health Canada regulates the use of Radiofrequencies (Safety Code 6) Training Inspections

10 Very broad range of issues including: Chemical safety (WHMIS, TDG, Inventories) Control of hazards Engineering controls – e.g. Fume hoods, biosafety cabinets Administrative controls – SOPs, instruction manuals, etc. Personal Protective Equipment Eye Wash Stations and Emergency Showers (ANSI Standards) The Ministry of Labour require compliance on safety equipment, guarding, house keeping, inspections, hazard identification, etc) Training Inspections

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12 Environment Canada/MOE: Environmental assessments Field trials with PNT materials The Ministry of the Environment : Environmental Compliance Approvals (air) Hazardous Waste Refrigerants, Solvents, Chemical Spills Municipal By-laws Sewer use, safety related building code issues

13 E.g. Remote locations, ice surfaces, core drilling, boating, diving, driving, tree climbing, bears, mosquitoes, mountaineering… What are the hazards? What are the controls? What will you be doing? Where will you be staying? How will you communicate? Emergency plans? Approvals? Regulatory considerations?....

14 Controlled Goods regulations Chemical Weapons Export and Area Control lists ITAR EAR

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16 University Resources Office of Research/Environmental Health and Safety Transgenic plants/animals Controlled goods/technology Agricultural Safety Biosafety Environmental Management Facilities Safety and Occupational Hygiene First Aid Hazardous Materials Management Industrial Safety Injury/Incident Reporting and Prevention Ionizing and Non-Ionizing Radiation Safety Laboratory and Research Safety Regulatory Compliance Liaison and Assistance Insurance

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18 Sasha AlexanderAssociate Director, Risk & Insurancex58752 Domenico BarillariRadiation Safety Officerx54888 Christi CooperAgriculture & Veterinary Safety Officerx52049 Jeff DafoeFacilities Safety Specialistx52524 Annie EleveldErgonomics Specialistx56811 Martha HarleyInterim Director, AVP Human Resourcesx53356 Chris McNeillManager, Facilities Safety & Occupational Hygienex58860 Jennifer MinogueBiosafety Officerx53190 Ben PandherOccupational Hygienistx54855 Heather SewellRehabilitation Specialistx54283 Jennifer WesleyManager, Research Riskx56401 Alicja ZachertowskaLaboratory Safety Officerx54270

19 Regulatory environment in Canada and Ontario is becoming more stringent Research funding agencies (Tri-Council) are also putting the onus on institutions to ensure compliance E.g. Texas Tech/DHS University administration bare the responsibility for reporting compliance and are accountable to the regulators and the Board of Governors

20 Many resources available for Health and Safety Compliance and Risk Management: Office of Research Environmental Health and Safety/Occupational Health and Wellness Insurance and Risk Management Physical Resources


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