Local Risk Assessment

From Public Health Agency of Canada


This guideline describes best practices for conducting a local risk assessment in an organization where human or animal pathogens, toxins, or other regulated infectious material are handled or stored. The risks associated with the handling and storing of pathogens and toxins can be minimized through the application of appropriate biosafety and biosecurity mitigation measures identified through the risk assessment process.

Who this guide is for

  1. Pathogen and Toxin Licence holders.
  2. Biological Safety Officers
  3. Personnel in regulated facilities

In this guide

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Details and history

  • Published: January 2018

For assistance

Contact the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) if you need assistance:

By phone: 1-613-957-1779

By e-mail: pathogens.pathogenes@phac-aspc.gc.ca

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Ottawa, Ontario

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