Safety & Security

For all current information on safety and security, please visit the UBC Campus Security and UBC Risk Management Services websites.


See UBC Occupational and Research Health and Safety Policy SC1.

The University aims to provide a safe, healthy and secure environment in which to carry on the University's affairs. All possible preventive measures are taken to eliminate accidental injuries, occupational diseases and risks to personal security.

Compliance with the Workers' Compensation Act, WHMIS and related legislation is the minimum standard acceptable. All students and members of faculty and staff are encouraged to strive to exceed these minimum legal standards and to eliminate unnecessary risks.


  1. Risk assessment and requirements for security are to be established by UBC and set forth in the project functional program. Long-term stewardship, not current use or ownership, is to guide these requirements.
  2. Compliance with all WCB regulations is required.
  3. During construction, a site safety plan must be posted and include provision for worker and public safety.
  4. Traffic and pedestrian safety.
  5. Crime prevention through environmental design.
  6. UBC Asbestos Management Program - risk assessment for the presence of asbestos must be included.
  7. Ergonomic design to ensure furnishings and fixtures are adjustable to fit 95% of the population.

Compliance (Performance) Strategies

  • Campus Security Plan
  • Vancouver Fire Department to review and coordinate Fire Safety Plan
  • Site Safety Plan and written Hazard Assessment to include both inherent dangers (i.e. asbestos, PCB's, and radiation) and work related hazards (excavations and fumes etc.).
  • Construction Procedures to include Construction Fall Protection Plan required when work is being done at a location where workers are not protected by permanent guardrails and from which a fall of 7.5 m or more may occur.

Building Safety Plans

  1. Creation of Emergency Procedures Drawings

    These are the "key" plan view drawings created for all buildings on campus, on a floor-by-floor basis, which show room layouts and building-specific evacuation routes and instructions.  The drawings are mounted in Plexiglas holders in conspicuous locations in all building such that they are readily accessible to all building occupants.

    Responsibility:  Infrastructure Development

    Timing:  Pre-occupancy

  2. Creation of Emergency / Fire Safety Plans

    The Emergency Procedures drawings are used as the starting point for creating Emergency / Fire Safety Plans for each building on campus.  As such, once completed and approved, a copy of Emergency Procedures drawings for that building are to be submitted to UBC Risk Management Services; specifically to the HSE Advisor (Business Continuity and Emergency Planning).

    UBC Risk Management Services will then liaise with building administrators and local safety committees to initiate the development of a building-specific Emergency/Fire Safety Plan (templates are available here).  Once complete, the building administrator will send a copy to Risk Management Services and to Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services (VFRS) for review, comment and final approval.

    Responsibility:  UBC Risk Management Services, building administrators and local safety committees.

    Timing:  As soon as practical following receipt of Emergency Procedures drawings.