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October 2017

Safety and security reminders from UAPS

GUBA showed up again on street corners across North Campus this fall to remind students (and the rest of us) that it's not safe to walk into traffic while looking at your phone.

Bill Spinks, Director of UAPS, reminds us we all have a role in managing risk and keeping our campuses secure. Thieves take advantage of our open campus and unlocked doors; others with no university affiliation have been found loitering in washrooms and using shower facilities.

Bill asks us simply to call Protective Services when we see something that doesn't look right.

The number is 780-492-5050. Protective Services staff will get there as fast as they can to check it out.

Keeping it safe for your direct reports

Are you aware of your responsibilities for the safety of those who report to you?

It's up to you to know what kinds of hazards your direct reports face and how the hazards are being managed. 

EHS has developed an elearning course for you as a supervisor. If you direct the activities of another person at the university, this important information is for you. Click here for a quick introduction to this NEW training

UAPS now carrying naloxone

The opioid epidemic has arrived in our province, and, while it has not had any significant effects at the University of Alberta, UAPS wants to be prepared.

All UAPS first responders now carry naloxone kits, which can be safely and quickly administered in a medical emergency where a drug overdose is suspected.

Peace Officer Kerri Boutros displays one of the kits. This version uses a nasal inhaler.
Members of the university community can also get a kit from the University Health Centre

A safety certificate for grad students

There's a new online safety program just for grad students and postdoctoral fellows. Find out how they can get safety training, improve their employability and earn credits toward their FGSR Individual Development Plan (IDP). 

Nominate a group for a safety award

For the past two years, Risk Management Services has presented the Team Safety Leadership Award to a group on campus that has come together to address a particular safety issue at the university. 

We've renamed the award this year to honour Suzanne Abele, a researcher who lost her life in 2011 while working in the field. Suzanne is pictured at left.

The team could be a particular work group, as from a specific unit, or a team of representatives from various departments that form to address a particular safety issue.

The award comes with $2,500 to advance the efforts of the group. Past recipients are Residence Services for their first aid program and the Coalition for Action on High Risk Drinking.

Suggest a group for the Suzanne Elizabeth Abele Memorial Team Safety Leadership Award by emailing 

Minors on campus policy in the works

The risks to minors visiting our campuses are well managed by the many units that host kids. Still, a policy that brings consistency to the various risk management practices is important. Risk Management Services is, therefore, in the process of developing one. 

If you haven't been contacted about this and have something to add, please don't hesitate to write to

Hazard Assessment, Identification and Control Procedure now live

The Hazard Assessment, Identification and Control (HIAC) Procedure is now posted on UAPPOL. The procedure promotes an effective health and safety program when dealing with hazard management and ensures preventive and responsive attitudes and behaviors, while emphasizing that health and safety requires shared responsibility among all persons who may be conducting work with, or on behalf of, the U of A.

Risk symposium January 17: mark your calendar

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.

It happens the morning of January 17, 2018. If you've never attended before and want to ensure you're on the invite list, sent us a note at 

Ready or not, here comes cannabis

Two weeks ago the Alberta government released its cannabis framework setting out its general approach to cannabis legalization, which happens July 1, 2018.

There are many implications for the university. Questions now being asked include: Where can cannabis be used? How do we control its use among staff and contractors? What if it's medically prescribed? What about growing plants in residence?

Risk Management Services and the Office of the Dean of Students are working with a large group of administrative stakeholders to develop recommendations for senior administration to consider in time for legalization. 

Is there anything you want to make sure we consider? Write to us at 
The Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation received the Inaugural EHS Committee Award this week "for excellence in fostering an environmentally-responsible, healthy, and safe workplace." 
Philip Stack, AVP of Risk Management Services (second from left), presents the award to, from left, Dean Budynski, Philip Poier, Cheryl Harwardt, Naissa Preston and Lloyd King.
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