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Laboratory safety articles for CSMLS members:

Blood and Body Fluid Exposures

Occupational exposures to blood or body fluids are some of the most feared occupational hazards for health care workers...

Getting Back to Work

Once an employee has an injury or illness that results in extended time off from work...

Improving Laboratory Etiquette

How often have you watched a colleague working and worried about the effect on your own health and safety?...

Let's look at risk

In occupational health and safety, we often are told we need to do a risk assessment to properly classify hazards and determine the most appropriate controls...

Medical laboratory named one of Canada's safest employers

Calgary Laboratory Services (CLS) is the first medical diagnostic laboratory to be a recipient....

Protecting the Public

In recent years, the Canadian public has been made keenly aware of the threat and seriousness of influenza....

News from PHAC

Biosafety directives

Biosafety directives provide regulated parties with the customized containment requirements for activities with a specific pathogen or group of pathogens when the containment level does not align with the risk group.

Biosafety advisories

Biosafety advisories are developed when the data obtained from a risk assessment of a new or emerging pathogen of interest indicates that new physical or operational requirements are required to work with the pathogen safely. The new operational and physical requirements need to be disseminated to interested parties as soon as possible.

Safety Learning from CSMLS

Here are some of the latest podcasts offered by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS):

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Occupational Injury and Disease Report

This report provides a historical look and analysis of the national injury and disease data produced by the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC). Data from 2006-2015 associated with lost time claims and fatalities, as reported to the Canadian Workers’ Compensation Boards/Commissions (WCBs), has been analysed and presented.

CSMLS Lab Safety Guidelines

The 8th edition of the Laboratory Safety CSMLS Guidelines are now available and ready to order.

Canadian Biosafety Standard (CBS) Second Edition

The Government of Canada's Canadian Biosafety Standard (CBS), 2nd Edition, 2015, is a harmonized national standard for the handling or storing of human and terrestrial animal pathogens and toxins in Canada.

Canadian Biosafety Handbook, Second Edition

The Government of Canada's Canadian Biosafety Handbook (CBH), 2nd Edition, 2016, is a national guidance document for the safe handling and storing of human and terrestrial animal pathogens and toxins in Canada.

Transitioning to WHMIS 2015: A Safety Perspective

This article was originally published as a four-part series in the Canadian Journal of Medical Laboratory Science, Vol. 77, no. 2 (2015) through Vol. 78, no. 1 (2016).

Indigenous Land Acknowledgement : We respectfully acknowledge the CSMLS office, located in Hamilton, Ontario, is situated upon the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Mississauga Nation, Anishinaabe Peoples, and the Neutral Peoples. This land is covered by the Dish With One Spoon wampum, which is a treaty between the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe to share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. We further acknowledge that this land is covered by the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, 1792, between the Crown and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.


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