Emergency Procedures Handbook


The Emergency Procedures handbook has now been posted on the main page of Emergency Preparedness:

Student Health & Safety Handbook – 2017 Sep- rev2

This document is intended to provide the community with appropriate responses to various emergencies that may occur on campus from time to time.  Download it, review the information by yourself and with others who work in your area; keep a copy in your office for quick review should an emergency unfold.

What’s wrong with this Photo?

Click on the following photo (from WorkSafeBC) to enlarge and try to find all the safety hazards associated with it:

How many hazards did you find?  Here are some of the main hazards:

  • a worker not wearing hearing protection
  • a worker not wearing eye protection
  • workers not wearing appropriate footwear (flip flops to mow the lawn!)
  • the ladder is not set up correctly in a stable position
  • worker not using the ladder correctly
  • a respirator is not being used and the person with it is not clean shaven
  • lots of tripping hazards
  • the traffic cones are not being used
  • workers don’t appear to have received training or education regarding hazards
  • poor ergonomic posture while cutting the tree
  • spilled chemical needs cleaning up
  • gas can is painted green, should be red to indicate gas

X-acto and utility knife safety

2012 resulted in over 20 injuries reported to First Aid from cuts, with most resulting from use of x-acto knives or similar utility knives.  2013 has begun in much the same way, with 3 x-acto knife cuts already reported to First Aid.

Exacto knives of all varieties and other cutting tools such as chisels are extremely useful to an artist, but they can cause cuts and punctures to hands and fingers, or even injure eyes if blades become brittle and break off while in use.

How do they injure?

  • Blunt blades, which require more force to cut
  • Blades opened too far
  • Cutting towards ones fingers, hand or body
  • Not retracting blades or covering with a cap
  • Protective equipment not used
  • Not working on a stable surface or using a cutting board

How to protect yourself?

  • Use safety gloves & protective eyewear when cutting
  • Use a cutting board or stable surface where possible
  • Always cut away from your body
  • Always store knives with protective cover in place or blade retracted
  • Never carry or transport an open blade
  • Only use a sharp blade
  • Always dispose of blades in sharps containers located in the workshops

This poster can be used as a reminder of the above tips: X-acto knife safety tips