Information on First Aid services and automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for faculty, staff, students and visitors at UBC Vancouver campus.
All incidents and accidents must be reported to a supervisor and on-line through the UBC Centralized Accident/Incident Reporting System (CAIRS) as soon as possible following the incident/accident. Reporting serves as documented evidence in the event that the incident evolves into a claim and the individual involved (provided that they covered by WorkSafeBC) needs workers compensation. In addition, reporting is an important piece in maintaining a safe work environment for everyone.
An accident is a situation that requires medical attention such as a band aid or seeing a doctor/hospital. An incident is a near miss and is a situation where it could have been an accident but no medical attention was needed. Filling out a CAIRS report even for an incident is important as an incident may be changed into an accident if medical attention is required after.
There are 4 chemical spill carts located in the Biological Sciences Building.
- Teaching Labs (Botany/Zoology): East wing alcove 2014 next to the ice machine
- Botany Growth Chamber: South wing Room 2374
- Botany Research: South wing Freezer Room 2303
- Zoology Research: 4th floor South wing in front of East wing entrance inside wooden cabinet
There is 1 chemical spill cart located in the Biodiversity Research Center.
Next to the window at the top of the central stairwell, 2nd floor landing across of meeting room 224
Although each lab is supposed to have their own chemical spill kit designed specifically for the chemicals they have in their lab, these spill kits are an emergency secondary backup.
How to deal with spills and accidental releases?
All spills and accidental releases must be reported in the UBC Centralized Accident Incident Reporting System (CAIRS).
Call 911 if chemical spills are larger than 1 litre or you are not comfortable to clean it up spills less than 1 litre. Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services will notify the Hazmat Team.
The link below will have the UBC Safety Risk Services chemical spill clean-up procedures.
Situations requiring evacuation include fire, hazardous material release, bomb threats and earthquakes. Fire alarms must be treated as real emergencies and building evacuation must occur. The need for evacuation in other situations will be determined by emergency personnel and you will be advised if evacuation is necessary.
What do I do if evacuation of the building is necessary?
- Shut down equipment and secure hazardous materials,
- Calmly proceed to nearest exit: in case of fire, check doors for heat before opening,
- Follow instructions from emergency personnel,
- Do not use elevators,
- Walk: don't rush or crowd. Use handrails in stairways,
- Move away from the building quickly: watch for falling glass and other hazards,
- Move to your emergency meeting location and stay there so that all personnel may be accounted for,
- Never re-enter the building until notified by emergency personnel that it is safe to do so.
BRC - Beaty Biodiversity Research Centre: the predesignated emergency meeting area is on Main Mall directly west of the whale on the grassy area.
Biosci - Biological Sciences Building: there are 3 predesignated emergency meeting areas. Your emergency meeting area will be the one nearest to you:
- Main Mall west of the Biological Sciences Building next to the water fountain,
- Biological Sciences Road at the intersection of Michael Smith Building/Food and Nutrition Sciences Building/Biological Sciences Building,
- In front of the UBC Bookstore on East Mall.