Welcome to the Biology Health and Safety website!


To find out more on how to work safely in a laboratory, what courses are offered and what regulations apply to this institution, please consult this website as well as the McGill Environmental Health and Safety Office.

General Information


  • Professors are encouraged to use the EHS Lab Safety Orientation website and the Lab Orientation Checklist in their introductions for new personnel (see section below for new personnel for the complete list). EHS also offers Orientation for new Principal Investigators.
  • Professors are responsible to ensure that all their personnel have the appropriate mandatory EHS-offered safety courses when they arrive and updated every 3 years. WHMIS & Waste Management are mandatory for all. Other courses like Use of Biological Safety Cabinets, Radiation Safety, etc...depend on if personnel will be performing relevant research.
  • The Biology Department strongly urges that all students working in a laboratory take the Introduction to Biosafety training. Please refer to the Training page of the EHS website to view the sessions offered.
  • Professors are responsible to perform routine safety inspections of their own research spaces. Download copies of the forms used by EHS during their annual lab inspections.
    Note: there are now two inspection forms: a Biosafety Inspection Form has been added and includes some items that used to be on the general inspection form.

Documents for new personnel


The following documents will be handed out with keys, for staff working in the Stewart Building. Copies of these documents will also available in the mailroom of the Bellini as of Sept. 2018:

Asbestos in the Stewart Building


This building has asbestos insulation on the main beams above the ceiling tiles. Asbestos can cause health problems if inhaled for a long period of time. It is safe as long as the ceiling tiles are between you and the real ceiling. The McGill tradesmen are trained and equipped to work safely but independent contractors may not be. If you see someone working above the ceiling tiles in the Stewart Building without taking appropriate protective measures (special attire and plastic tent), contact Frieder Schoeck, Building Director (514-398-6434).

Asbestos Incident Response Protocol