Health and Safety

VCH Research Institute is committed to offering education, regulations and policies that ensure the health and safety within our research facilities.

COVID-19 Update:

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: 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:

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:

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

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:

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

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.

Fire Wardens

Contact information for the fire wardens at the Jack Bell Research Centre, the Research Pavilion and the Robert H.N. Ho Research Centre.