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April 2018
The university's North, South, Saint-Jean and Augustana campuses have the good fortune to be served by city emergency responders (fire, police, ambulance) and University of Alberta Protective Services (UAPS). Some people are confused by whom to call in different situations, however, so here's the answer:
If it's an EMERGENCY call 911. In other words:
  • If you need police because there's a crime happening right now call 911.
  • If something is on fire call 911.
  • If someone needs medical attention right now call 911.
This gets the emergency service rolling toward the scene.
Now that you've done that, call UAPS at 780-492-5050 (at Augustana 708-608-2905). UAPS will come to the scene to assist, including making sure the emergency responders can get to the location as quickly as possible.
If you see something suspicious or you need to report a non-emergency event, call UAPS any time.
We will be reinforcing this message across the university in the months ahead. Write to us at if you have any questions.

Abele Memorial Award goes to Agri-Food Discovery Place

We were happy to present this year’s Suzanne Elizabeth Abele Memorial Team Safety Leadership Award to the staff of Agri-Food Discovery Place in the Faculty of ALES. Among their many important safety activities, they start meetings with “safety moments,” extensive training for all staff, and stress safety through teamwork.
We were honoured to welcome Suzanne's parents to the presentation.
From left to right: Laurie Heidebrecht, Ross Lowe, Karen Sochatsky (EHS), Rob Munro (EHS), Bob Rimes, Dr. Randall Abele, Roseanne Abele, Jiancheng Qi

Lots Happening in University Policy 

Competitive Bid and Competitive Bid Exception Procedure

The new Canadian Free Trade Agreement has had a significant impact on the way the university can competitively bid, or apply exceptions to competitive bidding, for goods and services.
All goods and services over $75,000 — and construction services over $200,000 — must be competitively bid. The agreement now requires the university to publicly post contract awards, including the name of the supplier and the value of the contract for all competitive bids and sole sourced agreements, and a new bid protest mechanism allows suppliers to challenge procurement activities.
To reflect these changes, the Competitive Bid Procedure and the Competitive Bid Exception Procedure have been revised and bundled into the Competitive Bid and Competitive Bid Exception Procedure.
For more about this see the online version of Risk@


Contract for Services and Purchase Order Procedures

Updates to existing procedures included three separate contract for services procedures being bundled into a single new Contracting for Services Procedure

Use of university seals

There is a new procedure residing under the  university's Visual Identity Policy -- the university Operational and Academic Seal Procedure.  This procedure was developed to document current practice. 

Coming Soon

The Expense Reimbursement - Goods and Services Procedure and the Payment Procedure (Accounts Payable) are currently under review. Revised versions should be completed by May.

NAOSH Week featuring fun and educational activities AND a photo contest
North American Occupational Safety and Health Week is a big deal for safety professionals. Visit EHS's website to see what what the university's safety experts have planned for this year.
They'll be dropping in to several locations across North Campus with a variety of activities, including pop-ups and The Hard Hat Cup! (Click here to read all about it.)

If you are a photographer, enter the "Scenes of Safety" PHOTO CONTEST. Read about it here.

Counting chemicals
In 2016/2017 EHS worked with the Department of Chemistry to create an inventory of every chemical in the department. Grant funded, this enormous task was part of a unit-wide initiative to identify, assess, and control chemical hazards through proper labeling, storage, and disposal. Together, EHS and Chemistry recorded about 58,000 chemicals in 300 storage areas, disposing of many old and outdated chemicals along the way.

Want to take stock of your chemicals? Here’s how:

  • Do a hazard assessment before you begin. Be sure to:
    • Verify that ventilation is turned on and ignition sources are turned off
    • Wear appropriate personal protective equipment
    • Understand incompatibilities: review our reference guide
  • Refer to the CCOHS fact sheet for conducting a chemical inventory and to access a template.
  • Discuss your findings with laboratory personnel & dispose of excess or outdated chemicals
Found something hazardous? Do not handle, remove, or reorganize the chemicals. Contact EHS or call 911 (then 780-492-5050) in an emergency.

Legal cannabis is getting closer
Nearly 200 people showed up March 16 to share views on how the university should respond to the legalization of cannabis.
Read all about what was said and see the results of the community wide survey, which was completed by more than 2,600 staff and students.  

EHS: Compliance cops or relationship builders?

Got 12 minutes? Have a listen to EHS Director Rob Munro on the No Harm Health and Safety Podcast as he discusses what it takes to support safe, healthy, and environmentally responsible research and learning at the university.
The podcast was well done and is worth a listen.

Take a Course

Enroll in one of EHS's new courses -- they're self-paced and free of charge to anyone with a ccid. Here are just a few of the courses available:
  • Supervisory EHS Professional Development
  • Graduate Student Safety Certificate Program
  • Laser Safety

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