Emergency Preparedness

​Find emergency protocols and contact numbers. 

​​Workplace Safety

Emergencies, disasters, accidents and injuries can occur at any time and without warning. Being prepared to handle emergencies is an individual as well as an organizational responsibility.

Our primary objectives are to ensure the health and safety of our people and the environment at UBC and to ensure the safe and knowledgeable acquisition, use and disposal of hazardous materials used in research and teaching.

In the Department

Your department may have specific operating policies and procedures that are relevant to your work. Working in an administrative office versus in a hospital environment will often require varying practices.  If there is specific safety training required, your manager will make arrangements for you to attend that.  If you ever have concerns around safety in your workplace, contact your Department Administrator or HR Advisor at the FOM, or your departmental “Health & Safety Committee.” 

Information about alarms, building maintenance and fire drills at several Faculty of Medicine facilities is available here.

At the University

As outlined in UBC Policy #7, University Safety, all faculty, staff and students have a role to play in maintaining a healthy, safe and environmentally sustainable university.  Risk Management Services is responsible for providing guidance and expertise with regard to that.  There are many programs related to both safety and environmental issues and emergency preparedness that may be useful for you to know, and can be found here

In case of emergency, dial the following numbers:

  •  Fire, Ambulance, Police: 911
  •  Campus Security: 604.822.2222
  •  Campus First Aid: 604.822.4444
  •  Hazardous Materials Response: 911
  •  UBC Hospital Urgent Care: 604.822.7662
  •  Poison Control Centre: 604.682.5050


If your unit is situated within a clinical setting, additional health, safety and environmental procedures may be in place as determined by authorities in the hospital or local health authority. Confirm this with your department head or administrator, other staff in your unit or ask another person within the location as appropriate.

For additional safety and maintenance information at Clinical Academic Campuses and Affiliated Regional Centres, please contact the Health Authority that manages the site:

  • Fraser Health Authority: 604-587-4600
  • Interior Health Authority: 250-862-4200
  • Northern Health Authority: 250-565-2649
  • Provincial Health Services Authority: 604-675-7400
  • Vancouver Coastal Health Authority: 604-736-2033
  • Vancouver Island Health Authority: 250-370-8699 

What can I do to be better prepared BEFORE an emergency occurs?