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Emergency Management @UBC: New Snow Annex to the Emergency Response Plan

Over the past year, Risk Management Services and Building Operations conducted a cross-campus review leading to a new snow annex to the Campus Emergency Response plan.

Emergency Management @UBC: What to do when the fire alarm sounds

Sometimes they ring, sometimes they beep, or even flash… What does it mean when the fire alarms go off? What is the emergency response to a fire alarm? What are you supposed to do?

Who wants a hug from a bug? Get your free flu shot!

The flu bug wants to get up close and personal. But who wants a hug from a bug? Promote a healthy campus by getting your free flu shot—it’s your best protection against the flu. Drop in at a clinic of your choice during October 31-November 9.

Emergency Management @UBC wants you to get ready for a seismic emergency

This October, Risk Management Services wants you to focus on emergency preparedness, and launching two events on campus – IBC Shake Zone and ShakeOut BC. Practice what to do when an earthquake strikes, and once the shaking stops. Learn more about emergency preparedness and what to do in the event of an earthquake.

Jamiann Questa joins Risk Management Services (RMS) as Manager, Environmental Services

Effective July 31, Jami will lead the team that supports University departments seeking to meet their environmental obligations as prescribed by UBC Policy #6 – Environmental Protection Compliance and UBC Policy #9 – Hazardous Materials Management.

Pollution Prevention Plans will be coming to UBC’s research labs

Metro Vancouver is currently developing a proposal that would require research laboratories to implement Pollution Prevention Plans, similar to Pollution Prevention Plan Regulation for Hospitals, to eliminate or reduce pollution at its source.

Bringing emergency preparedness to life at UBC

As the Manager, Emergency Management, at UBC Vancouver’s Risk Management Services, Danny Smutylo’s role is to build awareness and advocate for people to be prepared and know how to react when things go wrong. Learn more about Danny and this spring’s Emergency Management exercise on UBC.ca’s Faculty and Staff pages.

Emergency exercise coming to the Vancouver Campus

UBC Vancouver is conducting an emergency exercise on June 28 on the south campus where Main Mall meets Agronomy Road.

Global Ransomware Alert

As you may have seen in the media, there is currently a global ransomware attack affecting thousands of computers around the world.

What you need to know now to be prepared for an emergency

An emergency, disaster, accident or injury can occur at any time and without warning. Being prepared to handle an emergency is an individual as well as an organizational responsibility.

World Backup Day—plan to back up your devices on March 31st

Backing up files is one of those easy-to-do procedures that many people ignore. Consider checking your strategy during World Backup Day to see if it is still performing correctly.

Hot water quality at UBC

Due to unexpected equipment (i.e. heat exchanger) failures, HOT WATER quality is being monitored across campus. In an abundance of caution, we are posting notices at all HOT WATER faucets in 56 building complexes that contain the problematic heat exchangers. In effected campus buildings we have begun daily visual inspections of mechanical rooms and their […]

Seismic upgrades at UBC

Infrastructure Development is creating a prioritized action plan for each at-risk building on the Vancouver campus using the work of UBC’s seismic researchers as well as the most current thinking in seismic engineering, building resilience, and business continuity. With a campus the size of a small city, each step of our plan will take some time […]

Don’t take the bait: recognizing phishing emails

People who want to steal your information can be clever. There has been a dramatic increase in phishing emails over the years and it’s important to be able to spot a suspicious email that’s angling to steal your information. The most common information security breaches are due to unintended disclosures and hacking or malware, often […]

Joint Health and Safety Committee transitions set to begin pilot in Building Operations and Student Housing and Hospitality Services

In order to enhance our safety culture, UBC is redesigning our University Health and Safety Committee (UHSC). Starting in April, Risk Management Services (RMS) will pilot a new structure with Building Operations, Energy & Water Services, and Student Housing and Hospitality Services (SHHS)—departments whose work puts them at higher risk for safety issues. Once the […]

You might be a supervisor… and not even know it!

Who’s a supervisor at UBC? According to Risk Management Services (RMS) and WorkSafeBC, the answer may not be so obvious. We all know when someone officially reports to us, but WorkSafeBC holds everyone to a higher standard when it comes to occupational health and safety. RMS shares that anyone—including non-managers, researchers, or faculty—who instructs, directs, […]

University Joint Health and Safety Committee to restructure

To enhance UBC’s safety culture, Risk Management Services is working to reorganize the structure of our Vancouver campus’ University Health and Safety Committee. To reflect our growing university, WorkSafeBC has asked for a variation and issued orders to allow UBC’s Vancouver campus to move from a single University Health and Safety Committee to multiple Joint […]