Pathogen Safety Data Sheets and Risk Assessment

Pathogen Safety Data Sheets (PSDSs) (previously titled Material Safety Data Sheets for infectious substances) are technical documents that describe the hazardous properties of a human pathogen and recommendations for work involving these agents in a laboratory setting. These documents have been produced by the Public Health Agency of Canada (the Agency) as educational and informational resources for laboratory personnel working with these infectious substances. Please note that work involving pathogens in Canada may require compliance with international, national, and provincial laws and guidelines. The PSDS App is available as a free download for devices in the Android, Amazon, Apple, and Window stores.

For those working with animal pathogens, your will find more information on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s Disease Agent Information pageExternal Link.

Please note that although the information, opinions, and recommendations contained in these documents are compiled from peer-reviewed literature sources believed to be reliable, the Agency accepts no responsibility for the accuracy, sufficiency, or reliability of the PSDSs, nor for any loss or injury resulting from the use of the information contained within them. Newly discovered hazards are frequent and this information may not be completely up to date.

For more information on Pathogen Safety Data Sheets, please contact Biosafety Risk Assessment. For more information on Pathogen Risk Groups, or Risk Assessment please see the Canadian Biosafety Standard, or contact Biosafety Risk Assessment.


Original post from the Public Health Agency of Canada found here.

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