Safety information

Quick action cards: Molecular lab (Biodiv) | Aquatic facility rooms (Biosciences)

Emergency numbers

  • Fire, Police, Ambulance: call 911
  • Hazardous Material Response: call 911
  • Patrol (Parking and Security): 604-822-2222
  • Poison Control Centre: 604-682-5050
  • Police RCMP: 604-224-1322
  • Ambulance: 604-872-5151
  • Trouble Calls — after hours emergencies only: 604-822-2173
  • UBC Hospital Urgent Care: 604-822-7662

Non-emergency numbers

  • First Aid: 604-822-4444
  • Ambulance (administration): 604-660-6897
  • Campus Fire Department: 604-665-6010
  • Risk Management Services: 604-822-2029
  • Rape Crisis Centre — W.A.V.A.W.: 604-255-6344
  • Student Health Services (08:00 – 16:00 Weekdays): 604-822-7011
  • UBC Sexual Assault Support Centre: 604-827-5180
  • Trouble calls: Zoology admin office: 604-822-3384

First Aid

Biodiversity: A first aid kit is located in room 029, accessible through the downstairs kitchen of this building. It contains a bed and chair, first aid kit, and a CPR mask.
Biosciences: A first aid kit is located in room 1237, in the grey chemicals cabinet.

Chemical spills

Biodiversity: A chemical spill kit is located at the top of the main stairs on the second floor of this building. This includes acid, base, and solvent spills as well as mercury (e.g. from a broken thermometer). A list of the contents is posted beside the kit. If you have a spill and use something from the kit, please let Patrick Tamkee know so that he can replenish the kit (tamkee ‘at’ There is a MSDS folder on the chemicals cabinet in room 155 (three doors to the left of this sign) that contains safety information pertaining to all chemicals found in our lab.
Biosciences: A chemical spill kit is located on the 4th floor, room 4213, through the mail room. The code to the mail room is 693, if you need to access it after hours. If you have a spill and need to use something from the kit, please let Patrick Tamkee know (tamkee ‘at’ so that he can replenish the kit. There is a MSDS folder in the grey chemicals cabinet in room 1237 that contains safety information pertaining to all chemicals found in our lab.

Fire & emergency procedures

  1. If you discover a fire:
    • Leave the fire area.
    • Immediately sound the fire alarm by activating the nearest red alarm pull station.
    • Call the Fire Department: Call 911.
    • At your discretion attempt to control the fire with available fire equipment.
    • Close doors behind you, leave the building by the nearest safe exit.
    • Do NOT use the elevators.
  2. When you hear the alarm:
    • Calmly leave the building immediately by the nearest safe exit.
    • Close doors behind you.
    • When you have reached the outside, move away from the building and go to the designated assembly area (Southwest side of the building on the grass adjacent to Main Mall (near Museum).
    • Call the Fire Department. Dial 911.
    • Do NOT go back into the building for any reason. The Fire Dept. will advise when it is safe to do so.
    • Do not assemble on the courtyard, in case the museum below begins to burn.

More details of the Biosciences emergency procedures are HERE.

Travel and Field Safety

UBC’s Risk Management have put together a web site here that recommends appropriate steps to “minimize situational risks and the potential consequences of events that may negatively affect the outcomes of your studies locally”. Briefly,

  • Ensure a form of effective communication is readily available (e.g., cell phone).
  • Carry appropriate emergency numbers and outlined procedures.
  • Establish communication checks (someone who will look for you if you are missing after a pre-determined time or date).
  • Establish first aid procedures.
  • Minimize working alone where possible.

See the web site for more detailed information on first aid, health, responsibilities, and informed consent.

Working Alone Policy

  1. Communication.
    • You must be able to call for assistance in case of emergency.
    • Have a cell phone with you.
    • Know your emergency contact numbers.
  2. Someone should know you are working alone.
    • Check in and check out with a supervisor, friend, relative or spouse. Let them know where you are going including address and local phone number. Tell them if you move locations! Let them know when you expect to be back. Show respect and remember to check out.
    • Check up. Contact your check-in person at specific times, if you will be working alone for a long time, so they know you are all right. Frequency of check-ins should be related to level of hazardous work. UBC policy is to check in every 30 min.
    • Response if you miss your check up or check out time. Make sure your check-in person will try to contact you if they do not hear from you. If they cannot contact you, they should coming looking for you, or have a contact person (with access to where you are working) call and inform of your absence.
  3. Safety equipment.
    • You should have knowledge of where safety equipment is located:
    • First Aid kit; Fire alarm; Chemical MSDS; Gloves and eye protection; Spill kit.

Fire Warden info (Dolph is warden for Biodiv 2nd floor)

Daily Check of floor area for:

  • Accumulation of combustible materials, rubbish or flammable liquids.
  • Dangerous ignition sources, i.e. worn extension cords, oily rags, overheating equipment.
  • Exit lights in good order and adequate lighting in public corridors and stairwells.
  • Fire and exit doors and their self closing hardware to ensure that they are in good operating condition. Doors must not be wedged open for any reason.
  • Exit routes are unobstructed.
  • Fire hose and portable extinguishers not obstructed, in good order and ready to use.

What a Floor Warden should do when the fire alarm is heard

Supervise the evacuation of the occupants of 2nd floor to the predetermined assembly area (MAIN MALL, SOUTH OF BEATY MUSEUM), outside on the grass.

  • Put on safety equipment (if applicable).
  • DO NOT put yourself in danger at any time during the response.
  • Walk through assigned areas and advise occupants to evacuate the building
  • Inform occupants to not use elevators.
  • Close all doors. DO NOT LOCK.
  • Direct Assistant Floor Warden to check the floor area, including all washrooms to ensure that all people have left the area.
  • Notify the Fire Safety Director of any people with physical disabilities, and their exact whereabouts.
  • One Floor Warden will stay with the people with physical disabilities, the rest will proceed to the assembly area. Once the fire department relieves the remaining Floor Warden, he/she also proceeds to the assembly area.
  • Once everyone from his/her floor is safely at the assembly area, notify the Fire Safety Director.
  • Proceed to designated assembly area.
  • DO NOT re-enter the building.
  • Ensure that no one from his/her floor re-enters the building.

What a Floor Warden should do if he/she discovers a fire

  • Immediately activate the closest fire alarm/pull station (link to map below)
  • Leave the immediate area and advise others to exit.
  • Attempt to control the fire with available fire equipment – if you can do so safely.
  • DO NOT use elevators.
  • Proceed to designated assembly area.
  • Call 911 (building address is 2212 MAIN MALL at the intersection of Biological Science Road & Main Mall).
  • DO NOT re-enter the building.

Building emergency response plans (map, locations, instructions):

2nd floor | other floors: 0, 1, 3, site.

Other documents

Dolph’s Fire Warden certificate 2016 | Course slides (2016): Fire, Earthquake