Health & Safety

The research community at BC Children's Hospital is dedicated to keeping all those onsite safe and healthy. Before you begin working it is highly recommended you review the following -

Oak Street Campus Security

The Oak Street campus has full time security personnel who provide overall security services which include security patrols, emergency response, staff and visitor escorts, key control, lost & found, parking enforcement, staff education, security audits and investigations.

During work hours they can be reached via the non-emergency line at x2999. For 24-hour emergency support contact x899.

Security will provide safe walk escorts for anyone on Oak Street Campus upon request. If you require an escort to or from your vehicle, contact 604-875-2999. 

To stay safe onsite, security recommends the following -

  • Always wear your Photo Identification while onsite
  • Lock/close your work area including windows when you leave, especially if working alone or outside of regular hours
  • Ensure all personal belongs are safely locked up, and do not leave keys in plain sight
  • When coming or going from buildings outside of regular hours, go in pairs or groups

Emergency Contacts

As you work with students, staff and faculty you may be confronted by the following critical incidents. It is important that you contact the resources set out below for assistance.

Medical Emergency
Emergency Services: 911
C&W Security: Local 899 
Dangerous Person
Police: 911
C&W Security: Local 899

VGH ER: (604) 875-4995
UBC Student Health Service:
(604) 822-7011
Acute Emotional Distress
Crisis Line: 1-800-784-2433
UBC Counseling Services:
(604) 822-3811
Suicide – Suicidal Thoughts
Crisis Line: 1-800-784-2433
UBC Counseling Services:
(604) 822-3811
UBC Student Health Service:
(604) 822-7011
Sexual Assault
Emergency Services: 911
C&W Security: Local 899
UBC Counseling Services:
(604) 822-3811
VGH ER (604) 875-4995
WAVAM: (604) 255-6228

Counselling Services

Speaking with a counsellor can be helpful if you think you might be experiencing a mental health problem such as depression or anxiety. Counselling can also help you to identify ways to understand, manage or overcome challenges you face so you can live well, feel good, and achieve your goals.

UBC Undergraduate, Graduate Students, and Medical Students
- UBC Counselling Services provides free, confidential counselling on the Oak Street Campus. To make an appointment onsite phone: 604-822-3811 and indicate you need an appointment on the Oak Street Campus.

UBC Postdoctoral Fellows - To make an appointment contact the Employee and Family Assistance Program regarding counselling: (604) 689-1717.

UBC Residents
- To make an appointment contact the UBC Resident Wellness Counsellor: (604) 875-4111 x21088 /

Lab Safety

A number of important policies and information related to waste disposal, Work Safe BC, ergonomics in the laboratory, and the UBC Accident/Incident Report Form used by researchers can be downloaded from the Research Support website.

Depending on your responsibilities, you may also be required to enroll for additional training courses. Check with your supervisor for the requirements in your research area and review the UBC Policies & Guidelines.

General lab etiquette includes:

  • Never eat, drink, smoke, or sleep in the lab
  • Do not store food or drink in a lab fridge
  • When using non-lab equipment and when leaving the lab, remember to remove your lab coatand gloves (when leaving the lab remember to wash your hands in a hand wash basin)
  • Know who to report to if something breaks, spills, smells ‘off’, leaks, etc.
  • If you are asked to use a piece of equipment that you have not used before, be sure to ask someone to assist you; do NOT use equipment that you are unfamiliar with

It is also important to protect yourself from potential hazards by dressing appropriately while onsite. Personal protective equipment includes:

  • Protective clothing (long pants, lab coats, aprons, sleeve guards, chemical resistant suits)
  • Eye protection (goggles, safety glasses)
  • Gloves and protective footwear
  • Hearing protection and/or respiratory protection 


In order to ensure you are protected from vaccine preventable diseases in the workplace, PHSA recommends the following routine immunization.

  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis
  • Varicella (Chickenpox)
  • Hepatitis B - Only for health care providers who may be exposed to blood or body fluids through needle stick or other similar injuries, bites or splashes.

Additionally all those onsite must be vaccinated annually against influenza or wear a surgical/ procedure mask during influenza season when in a patient care area in accordance with the PHSA Influenza Control Program Policy. Vaccinations are provided free of charge through on-site clinics, community pharmacies or through public health during influenza season.

 Smoking Policy

All of the hospitals located at the Oak Street site have adopted a NO SMOKING policy. Smoking is not allowed in any hospital building, parking lots or grounds.