Text Equivalents: Canadian Biosafety Guideline: Developing a Comprehensive Biosecurity Plan

Figure 3-1: Example of Graded protection areas in a facility

This figure depicts a wing of separate rooms (i.e., laboratory work areas, cold room, cell culture room, freezer room, and office) that is accessible from a main corridor that also leads to offices and a kitchenette.

Access to the offices and common areas (kitchenette) is limited to personnel authorized to access the facility by installing controlled entry points at each end of the main corridor. Additional access controls at entries to the laboratory wing restrict access to authorized laboratory personnel. An additional level of access control restricts access to the tissue culture room, the cold room, and one of the freezers in the freezer room to authorized personnel. The access control to the freezer can be in the form of a high security padlock on the freezer.

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Figure 4-1: Situations where an HPTA Security Clearance issued by the PHAC is required

The figure provides a summary of when an HPTA Security Clearance is required.

An HPTA Security Clearance is required to

  • access the part of the facility where controlled activities with SSBAs are authorized and actively taking place;
  • to access SSBA storage areas or containers; and,
  • to open a package containing an SSBA.

An HPTA Security Clearance is not required to:

  • access the part of the facility where controlled activities with SSBAs are authorized when the SSBAs are locked away and inaccessible, or removed entirely;
  • access the part of the facility where SSBAs are present and accessible while under supervision at a 1 to 1 ratio by a holder of a valid HPTA Security Clearance;
  • work with an SSBA toxin in quantities below the trigger quantity;
  • work with a human pathogen of a given risk group that has been attenuated to such an extent that it no longer meets the risk profile of that risk group; and,
  • transport (ship) an SSBA to another location, from the time it is packaged until the package is opened by the intended recipient. Transportation is regulated under the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act and Regulations.

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