Safety & Security

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


See UBC Policy SC1 Health and Safety Policy .

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 Building Emergency Response Plan (BERP)

    The Emergency Procedures drawings are used as the starting point for creating Building Emergency Response Plan (BERP) 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 Safety and Risk Services.

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

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

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