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April, 2017

Congratulations, and thank you, Team Safety Award recipients

Risk Management Services, in partnership with Facilities and Operations, has selected a team for its annual Team Safety Leadership Award. In this, the award's second year, we recognized the efforts of the university's Coalition for Action on High Risk Drinking (CAHRD). For eight years CAHRD has been working to address the harms of high risk drinking among students, a problem faced by universities and colleges across North America.

Do you know of a team that has come together to address a particular health and safety issue at the university? Nominate them for next year! The award includes $2,500 that can be used to further advance the initiative. Send nomination or questions to or use the form at right (only on the webpage).

Photo front row: Melissa Visconti (Healthy Campus Unit), Deborah Eerkes (Office of Student Conduct and Accountability), Carmen Longworth (Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission)
Middle row: Monique Vulic (Students' Union) , Katherine Zwicker (Dean of Students), Chelsea Livingstone (Dean of Students), Z'Anne Harvey Jansen (Alberta Health Services)
Top row: Marc Johnson (Office of Student Ombuds), Dr. Shu-Ping Chen (Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine), Meagan Simon (Sexual Assault Centre), Craig Turner (Students' Union), Barbara Van Ingen (Dean of Students, Concordia University)

Welcome FRO!

This month, the Field Research Office (FRO) moved out of its original home under the Office of the VP Research and in to its new home, in Environment, Health & Safety, where it has access to a wide range of expertise and other resources. Kim Schaerer will stay on as program coordinator and Prof. Martyn Unsworth has decided to extend his two-year term as director for an additional term. Contact info hasn't changed:
T: 780-492-8981

Geophysics professor Martyn Unsworth will continue for another two years as director of FRO.

And speaking of FRO and field research

The summer research season will soon be here. Visit the FRO website for information you'll need as you prepare.

This is also the time to request some of the high-tech and other equipment you might need, such as Satellite PhonesInReach GPS text communicatorsFirst Aid Kits/AEDs, and Field Safety Log Books (request one).

NAOSH Week is coming up and our EHS colleagues are excited

North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week is an annual, continent-wide event where employers, workers, and all partners in occupational health and safety collaborate to promote injury and illness prevention in the workplace.

Our own Environment, Health & Safety professionals are enthusiastic participants, as you will discover on their website. 

One of the highlights of the week is a free screening of the 1936 "epic comedy film" (Wikipedia) Modern Times, starring the legendary Charlie Chaplin. The event features free pizza and a discussion from a panel of experts, who will consider the question: Are we getting smarter about safety?
Click on the photo of Charlie Chaplin below to register!

University laboratory espionage is real

Representatives from several federal agencies visited the university this winter to facilitate a conversation about biological and nuclear safety risk and the ability to "weaponize" materials and information used in academic research.

They described actions by governments, terrorist groups and individuals who have gained access to materials and research with the intention of using it for nefarious purposes. There is no reason to believe our university is immune from the potential for such activity.

Here's some resource information provided by the facilitators. If you have responsibility for a university research, you should review it.

Traveling internationally for work?

International SOS, which RMS contracts with on behalf of the university, provides an invaluable service to university staff and students travelling internationally on university business. 
It starts with a huge trove of pre-departure information about any country or region you might be visiting.

Visit this page to find out how to begin using International SOS right away.

UAPPOL policy news

Newly updated

Pets on Campus Procedure

Updates to be posted imminently

  • Discrimination, Harassment and Duty to Accommodate policy suite
  • Helping Individuals at Risk policy suite

In development

  • Hazard Management Procedure
  • Video Monitoring Procedure
  • Volunteer Policy

Also, anti-SPAM legislation

Here's everything you need to know about anti-spam legislation and the university

Yes, pets are welcome here. Make sure you know the related procedure. Photo: Richard Siemens

NEW supervisor professional development program coming later this year

Environment, Health & Safety content experts currently working hard on a supervisory training program, which will include:

  • Safety Foundations
  • Hazard Management
  • Inspections
  • Incident and Emergency Management
  • Environment Management
  • Training and Competence

Please watch for more at the end of summer.

Why does Risk@ keep changing?

This is the third design change in six months for Risk@. The changes reflect efforts to improve delivery as technical systems clamp down on mass email.

What has not changed, however, is your editorial team here at the worldwide headquarters of Risk@, on the 12th floor of College Plaza. We're the same team of writers, editors, photographers and far-flung stringers who have bringing you risk-related news at the U of A since of 2012.

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