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.
- Building inspections: JOHSC General Inspection and Report Template
- Liability Waiver Template for Lab Volunteers: Customize as Needed (Updated 2019)
Safe Work Procedures
- Biological Safety Cabinet Power Failure
- Handling and Disposing of Needles
- Eye Protection
- Field Safety Policy and Procedures (ZOO)
- Field Research Safety Webform - Participants (ZOO)
- Field Research Safety Webform - Leaders (ZOO)
- Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment for Field Activities (EOAS)
- Chemistry Department Hazard Assessment (CHEM)
- UBC Go Forward COVID-19 Safety Planning Training [Mandatory for all Employees]
- Accident/Incident Investigation Training for UBC Supervisors
- Biosafety Training
- Floor Warden Training
- JOHSC Training
- Safety Supervision at UBC [Mandatory for Supervisors]
- Chemical Safety
- Transportation of Dangerous Chemicals
- LASER Training
- New Worker Safety Orientation for Faculty and Staff [Mandatory for all Employees]
- Workplace Bullying and Harassment Training for Faculty and Staff [Mandatory for all Employees]
- Radiation and X-Ray Safety Training
- Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System Training
- Workplace Violence Prevention Training [Mandatory for all Employees]
- Privacy and Information Security Fundamentals Training [Mandatory for all Employees]
- Active Shooter Preparedness Workshop [Mandatory for all Employees]
Safeguarding Science Online
- Good Cyber Hygiene
- Mobile Security
- Cyber Security Tips for Travelers
- Cyber Security at UBC
- UBC Privacy Matters
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.
Working from Home
It's important to take the time to set up your home workstations to support working efficiently, comfortably and safely. Visit UBC HR's Office Ergonomics website for resources for setting up your space and stretching.
- UBC Safe App (provides direct access to campus safety and security tools including SafeWalk, UBC Alerts and Working Alone)
- Assisting Students in Distress
- Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence
- Hazardous Waste Information Sheet
- Occupational First Aid Program: FAQ
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.
UBC Go Forward COVID-19 Safety Planning Training
This new training course is mandatory for all UBC employees.
UBC's COVID-19 Safety Planning Framework
Stay up to date with UBC's campus safety plan.
Contact the UBC Science JOHSC
Glenn Sammis, Co-Chair
Kate Blackburn Co-Chair, CUPE 2950