VCH Research Institute is committed to offering education, regulations and policies that ensure the health and safety within our research facilities.
VCHRI is resuming the resumption of research in accordance with Public Health Orders, and in coordination with UBC and VCH. All researchers must obtain research resumption approval prior to re-starting any on-site research. Process, guidelines and forms can be foundat the following link: https://www.vchri.ca/covid-19-information-and-faqs. The overall VCHRI Return to Work/Safety Plan is posted at this link and will be updated as needed.
Please note all UBC staff are required to complete the following course prior to returning to site: Preventing COVID-19 Infection in the Workplace.
All VCHRI facilities must meet physical distancing requirements and have appropriate signage. You may wish to use some of the following posters/signs for this purpose:
- Room Occupancy Signage
- Entry Check for Workers (to advise staff to refrain from entering the workplace when sick)
- Entry Check for Visitors (Note - Visitors are not authorized to be on-site unless approved through the VCHRI resumption process.)
- Cover Coughs/Sneezes
- Physical Distancing
- Hand Washing
- VCH Seat Closed Sign
- General Cleaning & Disinfection
- UBC Staff Sign-in Sheet
- Shared Room Use/Sign-in Sheet
- COVID-19_Surgical Mask Use Poster
- UBC Employee COVID-19 PPE Guidance Document
- COVID-19 Health and Safety Designing Effective Barriers
- WorkSafe COVID-19 Safety Plan
- VCHRI PI Access Agreement Template
Regulations and Policies
Federal, provincial, and institutional regulations and policies exist that help keep our workplace safe for the faculty, staff, students, and visitors who work in VCH Research Institute facilities. Please review these regulations and policies to keep you and your colleagues safe.
New Staff Requirements
Before you can work in a VCH Research Institute research lab, you must attend an orientation and complete training and all mandatory courses (based on the type of lab you are in). Until then, you must work under the supervision of a staff member who possesses the required training. Building orientation will be provided by your PI and/or Lab Supervisor.
Review the following information to get started:
- VCH Research Institute Photo ID, Card Access & Key Request Form
- Information about requesting lab coats
- Lab Coat requisition form
Your supervisor is responsible for all lab-related issues and should be advised of any incidents, hazards, general questions, or concerns.
The Health and Safety Committee at VCH Research Institute meets every month to address workplace issues and safety, events, and course opportunities. If you would like to become a member, please e-mail us at email@example.com.
Orientation and Training
As per WorkSafe BC H&S regulation 3.22 to 3.25 the following topics must be included in all new or young workers’ orientation training:
- WorkSafe BC WHMIS 2015 Information
- VCH Research Institute orientation manual
- Biomedical Waste Segregation Training - Teri Guimond
- Biomedical Waste Segregation - Poster
- Spill reporting flow chart
- Toxic Substance Reporting: Lab Fact Sheet and Reporting Form
- UBC Staff - Incidents, Accidents & Hazard Reporting
- VCH Staff - Incidents and Accidents Reporting (If you don't have access to the VCH intranet click here for VCH incident information).
- VGH Site - Hazard Reporting (Intranet access only)
- VCH Research Institute Monthly Checklist for labs
- Personal safety checklist
- Employee Safety Training Record
Lab and Chemical Waste Disposal Procedures
The Provincial Health Services Authority has oversight to plan, coordinate and evaluate specialized health services within all BC health authorities to provide standardization, equity and cost-savings. Business Initiatives and Support Services (BISS) is the unit responsible for all waste disposal within the health authority (all VCHRI sites). Learn more about Waste Management Training.
- VGH Site - Research Lab Waste Management Guide
- Instructions: Using the Chemical Waste Inventory System - Hospital Sites
- Instructions: Responsible Person - Hospital Sites
- Contact List for Chemical Waste Designates
Insurance for staff, students and volunteers
Please contact your departmental HR Manager for information on insurance coverage in case of an accident/injury while on our premises. Click here for a helpful resources on insurance.
Health & Safety Committee
Contact information for the Health & Safety Committee members at VCH.
Contact information for the fire wardens at the Jack Bell Research Centre, the Research Pavilion and the Robert H.N. Ho Research Centre.