UBC Science Occupational Health and Safety

Report an Incident

According to WorkSafeBC, a preliminary report for all incidents must be filed within 48 hours and a final report within 30 days.

On-Campus First Aid

For non-life threatening injuries call 24444 or 604-822-4444. First aid attendants will be dispatched to your campus location (24 hours a day). For life-threatening injuries or fire call 911.

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Subscribe to UBC Vancouver campus email alerts and updates, from Campus Security.

What is the UBC Science Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee?

A JOHSC is an advisory group of employers and employees working together to improve health and safety in their workplace. The JOHSC advises, assists and makes recommendations on policy and procedures which will improve health, safety and personal security of all workers. The UBC Science JOHSC works with unit-level Local Safety Teams (LSTs) by supporting health and safety issues that may not be rectified at the local level.


Safe Work Procedures

Risk Assessments

Safety Training

Safeguarding Science Online

Best Practices for Working Offsite

It's important to have a field safety plan that considers the following when you're working offsite.


Whenever possible use a rental vehicle or UBC-owned vehicle. If using a rental vehicle, ensure you have third-party liability coverage through a credit card, UBC or the rental agency.


UBC has student accident insurance that can be purchased and it's always a good idea for someone in the group to have first aid training for minor injury or illness.

Campus-Wide Safety

More About the UBC Science JOHSC

Local Safety Teams at UBC Science

LSTs support health and safety at UBC by conducting inspections, identifying and recommending corrective measures regarding unsafe working conditions, assisting with incident/accident investigations, and recommending health and safety initiatives for their areas. In the absence of an LST, the JOHSC will assume full responsibility.

News and Updates

UBC Science COVID-19 Workspace Safety Plan

Faculty-level safety plan for a phased resumption of on-campus research.

Preventing COVID-19 Infection in the Workplace

This new training course is mandatory for all UBC employees.


Contact the UBC Science JOHSC

Glenn Sammis, Co-Chair
Phone: 604-827-4080

Kate Blackburn Co-Chair, CUPE 2950
Phone: 604-822-33365