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December 2017

Winter Closure and Working Alone

Remember, if you or someone from your lab or staff has to come in during the holidays, the law says you must follow a working alone protocol. At all times, any worker who is working alone must have:
1) a scheduled check in process with a pre-arranged contact and check in times.
2) a means of summoning emergency assistance
For more information on working alone, review the guidelines, then use this template to prepare your own working alone procedure.
Review the full winter closure recommendations here.

Supervisors! Here are 3 great reasons to take the EHS elearning course!

As things wind down for the holidays, take a few hours to complete the Supervisory EHS Professional Development program. Here are 3 reasons why you should take the course:
1. It’s your responsibility
According to the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Act, employers are responsible for the health and safety of their workers
2. It’s the right thing to do
Everyone deserves a workplace that prioritizes safety, health, and the environment
3. It’s convenient
The course is self-paced, online, and free of charge

Visit the EHS website to get started! 

Working with an electron microscope? You may need to declare your research (by the end of this week)

The federal government regulates the use, production, and storage of certain nuclear materials (uranium, thorium, plutonium); preparations that contain these materials (including uranyl acetate -- often used as a stain in electron microscopy)​; and any research and development pertaining to the nuclear fuel cycle. Regulations are to fulfill the "Safeguards" program: a series of measures set by the International Atomic Energy Agency. 
If your research meets the criteria above, you must complete the "Safeguards" Declaration form by December 22, 2017. 
Not sure if you need to report? Complete the form or contact ehs.info@ualberta.ca to learn more. 
Environment, Health & Safety will compile the information and submit it, on behalf of the University of Alberta, to the federal regulators.

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Register now for Field Research 101!

Don’t miss the annual safety information session for field researchers, happening February 27, 2018. 
Learn how to respond to emergencies in the field, how to equip yourself for a safe research experience, and what your responsibilities are when conducting off campus research.
This is a great session for faculty, students, and anyone else involved in field research.
Register here by February 13, 2018.


[Photo: Dr. David Milling]

Risk symposium January 17: register now!

We have another excellent and timely lineup for the Risk Management Services annual symposium. Topics this year include cyber security, risk management through the eyes of a principal investigator and the latest risks to the institution and how they're being managed.

Here for more!
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