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 is only one AED located in the Biological Sciences building. It is located at the main entrance by the stairs in the West Wing in front of lecture room #2200 (see top picture).
Alternatively, there is also an AED located in the Michael Smith Laboratories main floor entrance. In the Food, Nutrition and Health Building, there is an AED located on the second floor across from room 232. In the Beaty Biodiversity Building, there is an AED located across from room 113 behind the museum.
If an AED is not accessible, please contact campus security at 604-822-2222.
Ergonomics play an important role in our safety and well-being. The proper ergonomic design of our workspaces can minimize the risk of a wide range of injuries – from eye strain and carpal tunnel syndrome to persistent neck or back pain. The UBC Ergonomics program offers a range of services to promote optimal working postures and practices to reduce workplace musculoskeletal injuries. Some services include: Office Ergonomics, Sit-stand desks, Purchasing and Design guidelines, lab ergonomics, and other resources.
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.
Beaty Biodiversity Research Centre: the predesignated emergency meeting area is on Main Mall directly west of the whale on the grassy area.
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.