McMaster University

McMaster University

Routine Practices

Routine Practices are basic infection-control procedures to prevent occupational exposure to potentially infectious materials. The training has been divided into two categories:

Laboratory routine practices (FHSRTP) are for laboratories handling:

  • blood, body fluids or substances from healthy or control donors that will not be cultured
  • cadavers accepted by the School of Anatomy
  • samples taken from non-infectious patients (i.e. musculoskeletal disease) that will not be cultured

This training is geared for laboratories and is managed by the Biosafety Office.

Public Health Ontario routine practices (FHSPHO) are for clinical environments where there is a potential for contact with infectious patients, their belongings, waste, bedding and contaminated equipment or surfaces.

This training is geared for administrators in clinical environments and is managed by the FHS Safety Office.


Each course is offered on Mosaic and includes all the components for Bloodborne Pathogens Training.


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