Hazards & Accidents

Learn more about procedures for reporting hazardous conditions and accidents.

How to Report a Hazardous Condition or Act

If you notice an unsafe condition or behaviour in the course of your work, you are required to report it immediately to your supervisor.

Steps to Reporting Hazards:

  1. Worker identifies hazard (note: if is an emergency, call 9-1-1)
  2. Worker immediately reports the hazard to their supervisor / manager
  3. Supervisor / Manager immediately investigates and:
    • Remedies the problem without delay, or
    • Indicates the work may proceed safely and informs the worker

For assistance, contact Faculty of Medicine Health & Safety.

How to Report an Incident or Accident

The Workers Compensation Act defines an incident/accident as an accident or other occurrence which resulted in or had the potential for causing injury or occupational disease. All incidents and accidents (including “near misses”) must be immediately reported to a supervisor and an on-line report must be submitted – using the UBC Centralized Accident/Incident Reporting System (CAIRS) – within 24 hours of the incident.

After an incident or accident, both the worker and the worker’s supervisor must submit a report via the CAIRS system.

For further information on accident/incident reporting, visit the UBC Safety and Risk Services (SRS) website.

UBC Safety and Risk Services and the Faculty of Medicine Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee review all its faculty-related incident/accident reports to help ensure that they are managed as required per WorkSafeBC regulatory requirements.

MD Program Reporting

For Clinical Faculty in the MD Undergraduate Medical Program, view the Faculty of Medicine CAIRS reporting guide resource.

For further information, visit the MD Undergraduate Student Affairs website.

Health Authority Reporting

If you are a postgraduate medical resident or an employee of a BC Health Authority, please visit the Provincial Workplace Health Call Centre for reporting information.

Accident Lessons Learned

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