Safety Programs

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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These days almost everything in our homes, office, and other workplace settings operates on electricity. It is important to remember that all electrical equipment is a potential hazard and has the ability to cause serious shocks, burns, as well as destruction of tissue, nerves, and muscles if improperly used.

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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:

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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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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The Travel & Field Safety program applies to university-related activities that occur off of UBC campus locations whether it be for a field trip, field research or business trip. For more information, please click on this link: Travel and Field Safety (

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.

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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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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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Inspections are an opportunity to identify hazards and assess risk as part of a proactive injury prevention process. Not only are workplace inspections an important prevention measure to protect all members of the Campus Community, they are a requirement of the BC Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.

The purpose of the Campus General Inspection Program is to specify standard processes for conducting a variety of required formal inspections at the UBC Okanagan Campus. This includes departmental and personal responsibilities, required frequencies of inspections, and identification of necessary program supports such as training.

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