Laboratory Biological Safety

The Laboratory Biological Safety Course has 2 components:

  • An on-line course (12 modules) through Moodle – a CWL is required to login.
  • A lab practical & final exam

You may complete the on-line portion at anytime through the link below. You must complete the lab practical and exam (70% pass mark) after the on-line portion to obtain your certification.

How to enroll

Online Course Material

  1. Go to the link below and log-in using your Campus Wide Login (CWL) to access
  2. Complete all sections. More sections will become available as you complete each section.
  3. When you complete the on-line portion, you will be able to register for the practical session.

Lab Practical and Final Exam

The next available lab practical sessions and exams are below:


 Date  Time  Location
Tue, Dec 18

Wed, Jan 9

Thur, Feb 21


9:00 – 1:00

8:30 – 12:30


Sci 322

ASC 293

To Register for Lab Practical

Registration becomes available after completion of the on-line course. For individuals who have already completed the required course material in Connect, please contact Cherie Michels ( to register in the upcoming session.


Course Details

Course Facilitator: Cherie Michels
Phone #: 250-807-8656
Is there a practical session? Yes – must complete on-line portion first
Is there an exam? Yes – 70% needed to pass

Course Description

The Department of Risk Management Services will be presenting the Biosafety Course at the Okanagan campus. This course, which consists of an on-line course (in Moodle), a practical session and a final exam, is designed to provide best practices for safety of biohazardous materials.

Registration priority will be given to people who are responsible for or working with Risk Group 2 materials or blood and bodily products because they are required to take the course. If space permits, other people working with biohazardous materials are welcome to join the group.

This course will cover a variety of topics related to biosafety including the following:

  • Definitions and classifications of biohazardous materials
    • What is the difference between containment Level 1 and 2 lab?
  • Risk factors in the lab
    • Which practices can best protect you in the lab?
    • Which can put you at risk?
  • Equipment and safe use guidelines
    • What can you do to limit your exposure to aerosolized biological materials?
  • Biosafety Cabinets
    • What is a Biosafety Cabinet and how do they work?
    • How is a Biosafety Cabinet different from a fume hood?
    • What are some safe practices for working within a Biosafety Cabinet?
  • Decontamination
    • What is the different between a decontaminant and a sterilant?
    • What types of decontamination are available?
  • Waste
    • How are biohazardous materials packaged for disposal and how are they inactivated?
    • What are the disposal procedures for various types of biohazards?