Health and Safety  -  Biosafety

Health and Safety Personnel at INRS-IAF

According to the section 6 of the Human Pathogens and Toxins Act (HPTA 6):
"Every person who knowingly conducts any activity referred to in section 7 involving a human pathogen or toxin shall take all reasonable precautions to protect the health and safety of the public against the risks posed by that activity."

Therefore biosafety is everyone’s business, but the following resources are available at INRS-IAF :

Biosafety Committee

Maritza Jaramillo-Patino8872Associate professor and committee president
Jonathan Perreault4411Professor
Charles Dozois4221Professor
Jean-François Lavoie4421Preclinical study monitor, CNBE
Mireille Cartier 4226Biosafety Officer, Laval Campus
Marie-Christine Groleau4288Research assistant
Charles Morin4288AGEIAF (student) Representative

Mandate of the Biosafety Committee (French)
Committee meeting calendar

Biosecurity Committee

Charles Dozois4221Professor
Frédéric Veyrier8831Assistant professor
Stéphane Faubert4410Interim CNBE Director
Mireille Cartier 4226Biosafety Officer, Laval Campus
Luc Pomerleau4479SIE Director
Farid Idjouadiene4509IT analyst

Mandate of the Biosecurity Committee (French)


Mireille Cartier
450-687-5010 x4226
Cell : 514-377-4346

Fonctions of the BSO as described in HPTA 36(5) & HPTR 9(1) :
  • Verify the accuracy and completeness of licence applications.
  • Communicate with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) on behalf of the licence holder.
  • Promote and monitor compliance by:
    • Arranging for and documenting appropriate training related to applicable biosafety and biosecurity policies, standards and practices.
    • Informing the PHAC of all occurrences of inadvertent possession of pathogens or toxins and all cases when Security Sensitive Biological Agents (SSBA) have not been received in prescribed time period.
    • Conducting periodic inspections and biosafety audits and reporting the findings to the licence holder.
    • Informing the licence holder in writing of any non-compliance by a person conducting controlled activities authorized by the licence that is not being corrected by that person after they have been made aware of it.
  • Assist in the development and maintenance of the licence holder’s biosafety manual and standard operating procedures related to biosafety and biosecurity.
  • Assist with internal investigations of incidents