Useful Links

Biology Department Health & Safety Committee

The Biology Department Health and Safety Committee consisting of a faculty member, a safety officer, an administrative officer and a student representative. If you have any safety related concerns, comments or suggestions, contact Anna McNicoll, Biology Dept. Safety Officer (514) 398-6406, room W4/14 in the Stewart Building.

The current members of this committee are: Dr. Tamara Western (Chair), Carole Smith (Communications, Deputy Building Director), Maria Colonna (Administrative Staff) and T. Daigle (Graduate Student representative.)

McGill Environmental Health & Safety Office

The Safety Office is located at Chancellor Day Hall, room 615, 3610 McTavish St., 4th Floor, H3A 1Y2. Tel.: 398-4563.

A wide variety of safety videos can be borrowed, consult their Web page:

For a list of McGill's EHS and HWM staff, please consult:

Health & Safety Office Publications

You can download from their Web site

  • Laboratory Safety Manual
  • Radiation Safety Policy Manual
  • Laboratory Biosafety Manual
  • WHMIS Handbook
  • Material Safety Data Sheet Reference Manual
  • Formaldehyde in the workplace (Prevention Guide)

Biohazard Committee & Application for Use

The Biohazard Committee is responsible for assessing protocols and granting licenses to use biohazardous material for researchers at McGill. A license is mandatory if you are planning to use material classified as biohazards. Various microorganisms, parasites, blood/body fluids and certain types of nucleic acids such as some DNA material are considered a biohazard. A license is needed for ALL containment levels, including level 1.

Investigators must complete the "Application to Use Biohazardous Materials" form and submit it for approval to Elizabeth St. Louis at EHS (Environmental Health & Safety Office). The license must be obtained before starting a new project, when there is a change to the protocol or when the old one has expired. Forms are available in the W4/14 office.

Student Health Centre

The Student Health Centre for McGill students is located in the Brown Building, 3600 McTavish, Suite 4100, (514) 398-6017, Fax: (514) 398-2559, or you can visit the website at:

Appointments with physicians are available daily (Monday to Friday) between 8:30 am and 4:45 pm. Clinics with asthma, dermatology, and gynecology specialist are also offered. Appointments may be made by telephone or in person.

Students are reminded that it is necessary to have a valid Medicare or Provincial Health Care card and a McGill ID card in order to avail themselves of this service.

Students with disabilities

For students with disabilities, information on services can be obtained at the McGill Office For Students With Disabilities new location in the Brown Building, 3600 McTavish Street, Room 3100, (514) 398-6009. Visit their Web page at

Most rooms in the Stewart building are accessible to wheelchairs, the exception are rooms in the South block on the 3rd floor. Any room number starting with "S3/" can only be accessed by stairs.