Pathogen Safety Data Sheets

The following is taken from the Public Health Agency of Canada website:

Pathogen Safety Data Sheets (PSDSs) (previously titled Material Safety Data Sheets for Infectious Substances) are technical documents that describe the hazardous properties of a human pathogen (generally RG2 and above) and recommendations for work involving these agents in a laboratory setting.  Section VII of a PSDS includes the Risk Group classification.

  • Health Canada provides these MSDS sheets for workers in the life sciences to use as a safety reference for work with infectious microorganisms.
  • PSDSs should be used in conjunction with the CDC-NIH Risk Group Classifications to determine appropriate biosafety levels and safety precautions.