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Limited Return to SRC Activities

The reopening of Ryerson University’s on-campus scholarly, research and creative (SRC) activities is following a coordinated, phased-in process that is first and foremost guided by a commitment to the safety and security of our faculty, students, staff, and research infrastructure and facilities.

Ryerson abides by public health directives and takes into advisement provincial reopening guidelines.

OVPRI support is available. Visit our Contact Us page to find a member of our team.

Messages from the Vice-President, Research and Innovation

Please review the following areas of SRC Activity to access the information you require:

 Required Documents and Forms

Research personnel are encouraged to review the google docWorking Alone or in Isolation Program, external link, opens in new window materials if they will be on campus during the essential services period.

While working alone or in isolation is not always hazardous, some activities and tasks may present risks when performed alone due to the nature of the work.

You must continue to be aware of the recommendations outlined by Health Canada, external link, opens in new windowOntario Ministry of Health, external link, opens in new window and Toronto Public Health, external link, opens in new window.

It is important that when working in research labs and SRC facilities you adhere to the schedule to access to SRC facilities, shared pieces of equipment or infrastructure.

Online schedules to log and track access are crucial to maintaining orderly access and for contact tracing should there be a positive case of COVID-19 at Ryerson.

You must continue to practice social / physical distancing and be aware of the recommendations outlined by Health Canada, external link, opens in new window, Ontario Ministry of Health, external link, opens in new window and Toronto Public Health, external link, opens in new window.

If you are not feeling well, please do not go into the lab. Refer to Ryerson’s COVID-19 resource page, opens in new window for additional information.

Please review your laboratory safety resources, opens in new window available on the Facilities Management and Development website.

Please ensure your emergency contact information submitted to your department Chair or designate is up to date.

In the event of a major chemical spill, contact the Facilities Help Desk at or 416-979-5091 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. They will coordinate response efforts with Environmental Health and Safety (EHS).

Outside of hours, contact Ryerson Security at 416-979-5040.

In the case of an emergency, call 911.

Researchers and Principal Investigators (PIs) are asked to re-familiarize themselves with:

We ask all researchers and PIs to review these procedures with their graduate students as the available staff on campus will be limited.

Access and schedules for use or maintenance of equipment should be included in the approved PDF fileSafe SRC Plan Form, opens in new window.

If this was not included in your Form and you require access to continue SRC activity, please (re)submit new Safe SRC Plan and include a detailed request for all critical activities.

During essential services operations, building services will be maintained on a holiday schedule with essential staff only.

Washrooms, garbage pickup and general cleaning in public spaces will be maintained. Cleaning activities within labs will cease, but for general clean-up or maintenance issues, the Facilities Help Desk will continue to accept service requests. 

The Facilities Help Desk will be available between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. Please contact the Facilities Help Desk at or 416-979-5091.

A maintenance and operations on-call supervisor will be available for urgent after-hours concerns and may be reached by contacting Ryerson Security at 416-979-5040.

Shipping and receiving activities will continue with reduced staff on site between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday to Friday.

If you are expecting a delivery, we suggest you advise Shipping and Receiving, opens in new window and arrange for delivery or pickup. Shipping, receiving and mail service requests can be sent to For immediate assistance, please contact the Shipping & Receiving Help Desk at 416-979-5000 ext. 7021.

Laboratories are asked, if possible, to suspend or reduce regularly scheduled deliveries of supplies, compressed gas cylinders, chemicals and biologicals in cases where usage will be reduced.

For any questions about Facilities operations or if you require assistance, please contact the Facilities Help Desk at or 416-979-5091.

We recommend using a Ryerson Purchasing Card (P-card) for payment whenever possible while Ryerson is operating essential services only. For additional information please visit the Financial Services Purchasing and Payment webpage., opens in new window

Biohazardous and chemical waste will continue to be picked up, however there will be a reduction in staff and scheduling.

Please continue to use the online Chemical Waste Disposal Request Form, opens in new window to help schedule pickups.

Researchers working with biohazardous materials are asked to email Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) at when they have placed biohazardous waste in the biohazardous waste disposal room on the second floor of Kerr Hall.

If you will be absent from your lab for an extended period, please purge your hazardous waste and schedule a pickup (see above).

Please ensure you have access to the biohazardous waste room in Kerr Hall. If not, please coordinate with Ryerson Security at 416-979-5040 to gain access.