General Safety Information

On campus first-aid is available to staff, faculty & students 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. First Aid services can be accessed by calling Campus Security any time at (250) 807-8111 or local 78111. You can also call 911. If safe to do so, after calling 911 please follow up with a call to Campus Security so they can provide initial care and support to first responders at the site of the incident.

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Fire can have a devastating impact on the university campus, including immediate danger to people and the physical university environment as well as a long-term impact on research, teaching, and university operations.
The BC Fire Code and Occupational Health and Safety legislation requires us to have emergency procedures and build fire safety plans and ensure that faculty, students, and staff are trained in how to prevent and respond to a fire event.For more information about fire safety on campus click on the icon:


It is encouraged that staff should work in teams or minimally with another worker in a buddy system.  It is inevitable that during the course of performing duties on behalf of or related to the University, there are occasions that would necessitate workers to be working alone or in isolation.  Under these conditions, workers will benefit by regularly having their well being monitored at predetermined intervals in the event a quick response and assistance is required.

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Most people think that workplace violence is a physical assault. Workplace violence can also include actions such as threatening behaviour, written or verbal threats, harassment, verbal abuse and various physical attacks. According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety:

  • Threatening behaviour can include such things as shaking fists, destroying property or throwing objects.
  • A Written or verbal threat can include any expression of intent to inflict harm. A direct threat is a clear and explicit communication that distinctly indicates that the potential offender intends to do harm.
  • Harassment can include any behaviour that is designed to coerce or instill fear.
  • Verbal abuse can include swearing, insults or condescending language.
  • A Physical attack can include hitting, shoving, pushing or kicking.

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UBC Okanagan has a Fall Protection Work Procedure for workers who will be working at heights or who may be exposed to a fall.  This procedure is to be used by all UBC Okanagan personnel to ensure that where there is the potential hazard of a fall, the work can be carried out without undue risk to the workers.  All workers must be knowledgeable of fall protection requirements and be trained in the selection and use of the appropriate procedures and equipment.

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UBC strives to provide a safe, healthy and secure environment for all members of the campus community.  It is the responsibility of contractors to ensure that project work is performed in a safe manner and that it is in compliance with British Columbia Occupational Health and Safety regulations, any additional applicable provincial and/or federal laws and/or regulations, and any UBC policies, procedures and other requirements that may apply.

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Lockout is the use of a lock or locks to render machinery or equipment inoperable or to isolate an energy source.  Isolation is the separation of an energy-isolating device from machinery or equipment by means of a gap, barrier, blind, blank, or similar means.

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