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Pathogen Safety Data Sheets


Pathogen Safety Data Sheets are technical documents that describe the hazardous properties of a human pathogen and provide recommendations for laboratory personnel working with infectious substances.


The Pathogen Safety Data Sheets (PSDSs) are technical documents that outline the risks and necessary precautions needed to work with human pathogens in a laboratory setting. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has published close to 200 PSDSs for educational and informational use by laboratory personnel. In addition to the PSDS library, PHAC makes available a PSDS Template that allows users to build their own safety sheets for the pathogens they are working with in their unique setting. A PSDS has nine sections: 1. Infections Agent, 2. Hazard Identification, 3. Dissemination, 4. Stability and Viability, 5. First Aid and Medical, 6. Laboratory Hazards, 7. Exposure Controls and Personal Protection, 8. Handling and Storage, 9. Regulatory and Other Information. 

The PSDS library is regularly updated with new hazards for pathogens, and new pathogens are added as they become more commonplace in laboratories. The library is available online and through a mobile application, in English and French.

This resource is part of the Canadian Biosafety Standards and Guidelines set of resources which is maintained as part of a collaboration between Health Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.