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Lab Safety Courses


WHMIS 1A00

WHMIS 1A00 is an online, non-credit Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) Health and Safety course. It will teach you basic laboratory safety.

This course is a co-requisite for all laboratory courses (i.e. BIOLOGY 1A03, CHEM 1A03, etc.). If you have successfully completed WHMIS 1A00 during your first year of studies at McMaster University, you do not need to re-take WHMIS 1A00 in subsequent years if you take any additional courses that list WHMIS 1A00 as a co-requisite.

Important Note: When enrolling in courses in MOSAIC, please ensure that you add WHMIS 1A00 to your list of courses first as it is a co-requisite for all courses with a lab component.  Otherwise, you will receive a message stating that you have failed the requisite requirements for any course with a lab component.

This course can be completed through Avenue to Learn (our online learning management system) starting in August. The accompanying quiz must be successfully completed before the start of your first lab. For general inquiries, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


BIOSAFE 1BS0

BIOSAFE 1BS0 is an online, non-credit Biosafety Training course. The course must be completed by any students, staff or faculty participating in a biology lab involving risk group 1 biological agents, such as cells, tissue cultures, bacteria, viruses, blood/bodily fluids, untested mammals that may harbour zoonotics, or any of the biological material rated as risk group 1 by Public Health Agency Of Canada or the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. If you are enrolling in any of the following courses, BIOLOGY 1A03, 2EE3, 2L03, ISCI 1A24, KINESIOL 1A03, 1AA3, 1Y03, 1YY3, 2Y03, 2YY3, you will be required to complete BIOSAFE 1BS0.

Important Note: When enrolling in courses in MOSAIC, please ensure that you add BIOSAFE 1BS0 to your list of courses first as it is a co-requisite for certain courses with a lab component. Otherwise, you will receive a message stating that you have failed the requisite requirements for these courses.

This course can be completed through Avenue to Learn (our online learning management system) starting in August. The accompanying quiz must be successfully completed before the start of your first lab. For general inquiries, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

McMaster University - Faculty of Science

Mailing Address

McMaster University
Burke Sciences Building (BSB), Room 129
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8S 4K1

Contact Information

Office Hours:
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Telephone Inquiries:
+1 (905) 525-9140 ext.27590
Email Inquiries:
science@mcmaster.ca

McMaster University - Faculty of Science

Mailing Address

McMaster University
Burke Sciences Building (BSB), Room 129
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8S 4K1

Contact Information

Office Hours:
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Telephone Inquiries:
(905) 525-9140 ext. 27590
Email Inquiries:
science@mcmaster.ca