On October 3, over 200 Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee (JOHSC) and Local Safety Team (LST) members from across UBC Vancouver gathered in the Nest’s Great Hall to celebrate and recognize achievement in making UBC Vancouver a safer place to work.
This year, President Santa Ono delivered an introductory speech indicating UBC’s commitment to safety followed by leading presenters on:
- Dylan Short – Influencing Change without Authority
- Tanya Steele – Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment
- Allan Holmes – Save a Life Training
- Note: This training contains content that is geared towards the general public in how to respond to a life threatening injury. At UBC (Vancouver Campus), to ensure the fastest and most reliable response for medical emergencies, Faculty/staff/paid students are to call 911 followed by 2-4444.
Risk Management Services, campus leadership, and executive also acknowledged JOHSCs and LSTs: Andrew Szeri, provost and vice-president academic; Barbara Meens-Thistle, vice-president human resources; Gail Murphy, vice-president research and innovation; and Andrew Parr, interim vice-president students presented the following awards:
- Faculty of Applied Science JOHSC and Michael Smith Laboratories LST were recognized for Innovative Safety Leadership:
- Being proactive
- Embarking on new initiatives that enhance safety culture
- Inspiring others in their area to share similar values towards safety
- Animal Workers JOHSC and Childcare Services LST were recognized for Safety Committee/Team Engagement:
- Effectively engaging with stakeholders
- Providing feedback on the development of procedures, sharing lessons learned and best practices
- Creating an inclusive environment that encourages safety issues to be brought forward
- Barry Jones of Building Operations was recognized with The Richard Hare Memorial Award as a worker representative who displayed exceptional contribution to safety at UBC.
Thank You to all the UBC groups, unions associations as well as members of the community who set up booths providing the JOHSC and LST members with an opportunity to learn about the different services. The list of booths present at Safety Day were:
- CUPE 116
- CUPE 2950
- Ergonomics and Occupational and Preventive Health
- Faculty Association
- Health, Wellbeing and Benefits
Give us your feedback about Safety Day, even if you did not attend this year — what was done well? how we can improve the event next year? Complete our online survey.
Safety is more than just one day. Thank you to all JOHSC and LST members for their continuing contributions to making UBC safer. If you are interested in helping improve safety at UBC Vancouver and attend next year’s Safety Day – join a JOHSC or LST! Contact Risk Management Services to express your interest.
Photos from Safety Day 2018