Welcome Back: Being aware and taking care

Supporting everyone’s transition to a more vibrant and busy campus environment

Following BC’s Restart Plan, the university will see increased on-campus activity. Safety & Risk Services has put together a series of campus resources faculty and staff can access online to support a safe and healthy work environment, and navigate smoothly through the transition of coming to a more vibrant and busier campus.

The series aim to help support those returning to work on campus, and faculty and staff who have been working on campus throughout the pandemic. Participants will receive the most commonly asked information regarding safety at work, personal wellness, and soft skills for a better workplace.

Week of July 26-30, 2021

The online series will launch during the week of July 26-30, 2021, with various non-COVID-19 related live sessions, information sessions, and workshops. Join us during this week to hear from guest speakers, subject matter experts from Safety & Risk Services, and enroll in a series of online sessions and workshops that can be taken over the course of five days at your own convenience and pace. The sessions range from 5 minutes to 60 minutes. Registration and enrollment will be on the UBC Workplace Learning (WPL) website.

Live seminars & guest speakers

Join our live sessions from July 26 to 30 to learn from Safety & Risk Services’ subject matter experts, and two external guest speakersGlyn Jones, Partner at EHS Partnerships Ltd., and Bill Howatt, Founder and President of Howatt HR.

Safety is Not Common Sense

Guest Speaker: Glyn Jones, Partner at EHS Partnerships Ltd.
Date/Time: July 26 at 9:00am – 10:00am
Description: Safe work doesn’t require common sense. Safe work requires mindful employees who are competent and able to identify and control predictable workplace hazards and use their authority to take prompt corrective measures to control them. In this session, we will discuss common sense, mindfulness and mindlessness, as they are related to workplace safety and get a better insight into how to design work to ensure a safe outcome.

About the speaker: Glyn Jones is a Partner at EHS Partnerships Ltd and has over 35 years of experience consulting occupational health and safety professional and leadership coach. Glyn is a chemical engineer by training and is a Professional Engineer. He completed a Masters degree specializing in occupational health and safety.  He holds numerous professional certifications and is a CIH and a CRSP.


 Mental Fitness

Guest Speaker: Bill Howatt, Founder and President of Howatt HR

Date/Time: July 27, 2021  |   10:00–11:00 a.m.

Description: This presentation will discuss the foundational elements of mental health and mental illness and how our daily experience can influence our personal battery charge. It will also cover the key elements of resilience, coping skills and how micro-skills can charge your daily battery.
About the speaker: Dr. Bill Howatt is the  Founder and President of Howatt HR. He is known internationally and is one of Canada’s top experts in mental health issues in the workplace with over 30 years’ experience in mental health, addiction, and human resources consulting.


Burning Questions for Lab Safety Issues

Presenters: Janet Hankins and Peggy Paduraru | Biological, Chemical & Radiation Safety, Occupational & Research Health & Safety,  Safety & Risk Services

Date/Time:  July 27, 2021  |  2:00–2:30 p.m. and July 29, 2021  |  9:30-10:00 a.m.

Description: Safety & Risk Services’ Research Safety Advisors will open the session with a brief (5-10 min) talk on commonly encountered safety concerns and solutions before opening the floor to participant questions. Participants may also submit research-related safety questions in advance for discussion during the session. This session will be provided over two 30-minute sessions with the main difference being the questions brought forward by participants.


WorkSafeBC is here…What do I do?

Presenters: Paul Nakagawa, Paul Wong, and Paul Gill | Occupational & Research Health & Safety, Safety & Risk Services

Date/Time: July 28, 2021  |   9:00–9:30 a.m.

Description: Oh no, a WorkSafeBC Prevention Officer is at my door!! What should I do??!!? Join Safety & Risk Services’ Occupational & Research Health & Safety team for a quick 5 min presentation followed by Q&A to learn about the steps you need to take when a WorkSafeBC Prevention Officer visits your workspace.


Online sessions

Safety & Risk Services has put together a series of online sessions available on the Workplace Learning (WPL) website for faculty and staff to complete at their own convenience and pace. The sessions range from 5 to 30 minutes. The online sessions will be available and open for enrollment on July 26, 2021. To enroll for any of the online sessions below, please visit the Workplace Learning (WPL) website

Health & Safety

  • Personal Safety: This session provides personal safety suggestions for staff members to keep in mind while working or navigating around campus. Safety and security is everyone’s responsibility and it all starts with you.
  • When to Call 9-1-1 and What to Expect: This session is for all faculty and staff who would like to get a better understanding of what to expect when calling 9-1-1. Calling 9-1-1 generally happens under high stress situations, having knowledge on how the call is processed is key to getting help faster and decreasing anxiety about calling.
  • Practicum/Clinical Placement Student Safety: This session is for student, faculty and staff who are looking for an overview of the safety procedures required for practicum/clinical placement students.  It details information about WorkSafeBC, Student Practice Education Core Orientation (SPECO), the Practice Education Guidelines of BC, site specific orientations and incident reporting.
  • Tips for Investigating Common Workplace Incidents: An overview of common workplace incidents on campus, and common tips for investigating.


Emergency Preparedness


Privacy & Security


Insurance & Loss Prevention


Managing your mental health & wellbeing


Other resources

Linkedin Learning: Having Difficult Conversations:

Description: Leadership coach and lynda.com director of learning and development Britt Andreatta shares her tips and strategies for having difficult conversations. In her four-phase model, you’ll discover the situations that lead up to difficult conversations, decide when the conversation is warranted, prepare for the interaction, and monitor outcomes to ensure success.


TED Talk: 5 steps to remove yourself from workplace drama

Description: No matter your industry, you’ve experienced drama at work. In this funny and all-too-relatable talk, community leader Anastasia Penright outlines five steps you can follow to better coexist with your coworkers and focus on what’s really important.

About the speaker: Anastasia (Stacy) Penright is a corporate business initiatives consultant with Wells Fargo by day and a community leader by night.

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