UBC Science Occupational Health and Safety


First Aid at UBC Vancouver

Faculty, staff and student-staff at UBC Vancouver can enlist the help of Occupational First Aid, 24 hours a day, by calling 604-822-4444 or 2-4444. Students and visitors can request first aid at UBC Hospital’s Student Health Services and by calling 911. In the event of a medical emergency call 911 first and then Occupational First Aid. Units can download first aid posters for workspaces here and here.

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.

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.

Safety Incident Reminders

  • Any workplace incident that has caused a serious or life-threatening injury, plus all other immediately reportable incidents, must be reported to Campus Security at 604-822-2222 (after calling 911 emergency services) as part of the incident response.
  • More information regarding what to do in the event of a serious incidents, possible serious incident, or other immediately reportable incidents can be found on the SRS Website.
  • Encourage everyone to report incidents and near misses into CAIRS within 48 hours of the occurrence so that a preliminary investigation can be completed within 48 hours as required by section 71 of the Workers Compensation Act
  • Incident investigations require a site visit that must be completed within 30 days, and include a detailed description of incident, unsafe conditions, contributors, causes, corrective actions, and the name of the participating worker representative.


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.

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.

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.

Contact the UBC Science JOHSC

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

Monica Clarkson, Co-Chair, M&P
Phone: 604-827-5126

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

Musqueam First Nation land acknowledegement

UBC Science acknowledges that the UBC Point Grey campus is situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm.

Learn more: Musqueam First Nation

Faculty of Science

Office of the Dean, Earth Sciences Building
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