8. FIRST AID AND EMERGENCY SERVICES
First aid and emergency services are an important part of the Health and Health and Safety Program.
The purposes of these services are to:
- Ensure prompt and effective emergency response
- Promote speedy recovery and to minimize the effects of injuries or exposures
- Provide workers with assistance when required
Units are to provide employees with a quick and effective response in the event of injuries or emergencies. The management is committed to meeting this requirement by providing first aid and emergency services.
Supervisors are required to communicate emergency numbers and procedures to workers during orientation training and to regularly bring up this information during staff meetings. The success of the First Aid and Emergency Services Programs depends on employees knowing what to do in minor and major emergency situations.
In addition, risks associated with the Unit’s work process and their control measures must also be communicated and understood. Annual emergency and evacuation drills are practiced to ensure awareness and effectiveness of emergency routes and procedures.
All training, meetings and drills are documented to meet due diligence requirements.
Management will provide all tools and resources required for these programs to be effective. These include:
- Appropriate emergency response plans and equipment
- Training and annual retraining of Unit / Unit emergency responders
- Time made available to allow key players to complete their duties
- Established chain of command for emergency situations.
FIRST AID at UBC -- University “2-4444” Central First Aid System
The Vancouver Fire and Rescue Service (VFRS) provides first aid coverage for the UBC Main Campus 24 hours a day.
Dialing (604) 822-4444 (or 2-4444 on a campus phone) will summon the Emergency Transport Vehicle, staffed by trained first aid attendants, to the location of the injured person.
The VFRS First Aid attendants will:
- Provide treatment
- Transport a worker to the hospital upon request
- Record each injury in the treatment books
- Complete all necessary WCB forms that can be used to initiate a WCB claim.
NOTE: All Unit, staff and students can use the 2-4444 system.
In any emergency situation, or in situations where serious illness or injury is suspected, calling 911 is always appropriate. Workers will not be reprimanded for using 911.
Local First Aid Stations and Attendants
In addition to the 2-4444 System, Units are strongly encouraged to establish first aid stations as well as assign qualified first aid attendants throughout the Unit/Unit.
- All first aid stations must have a basic, well stocked, first aid kit and a treatment record book.
- All first aid treatments, however minor, are administered by a qualified (and currently certified) Level One (or better) First Aid Attendant,
- All treatments are recorded in the treatment record book.
- The first aid attendants must submit a monthly summary of the treatment record sheets to their unit’s Safety Program Administrator (SPA) and the Health and Safety Committee for review.
Supervisors ensure that signs clearly indicating the location of, and how to call for, first aid are:
- Posted conspicuously throughout the workplace, and
- Communicated to the workers in the Unit (through orientations, etc.)
The identified first aid attendants and the location of the first aid stations for the Unit are:
|Listed below are the locations of generally available first aid stations. In addition, most of the labs will have first aid kits.
See First Aid Kit Contents for a recommended list of supplies.
The Hennings building's First Aid Stations
P&A FIRST AID CONTACTS in an EMERGENCY, call 911.
In non emergency situations, contact one of the below (updated May 21, 2019):
Hennings...6224 Agricultural Road
Local Emergency Plans and Procedures
The Unit has established and implemented plans and procedures for situations that have been identified where emergencies could arise. These plans and procedures deal with workplace accidents/injuries, fire prevention, emergency evacuation, personal security, earthquake and bomb threats.
See the Unit’s Fire Plan and the UBC Emergency Procedures and Information Pamphlet. Depending on the nature of the emergency, response will be provided by Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services, the local detachment of the RCMP, Campus Security and HSE.
Management has assigned a Fire Safety Director, and fire wardens throughout the Unit. The SPA coordinates the fire wardens, first aid attendants, Health and Safety Committee and supervisors to implement and regularly review these plans and procedures.
The duty of a fire warden is, upon hearing the fire bell ring, to check all of his/her designated rooms. The most common situation will be to find them empty. If not, and people are reluctant to leave, the warden can only give a strong verbal warning and leave it at that. The warden reports his/her findings to Fire Safety Director, or designate, outside the building.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND REFERENCES
”Orientation, Training and Supervision of Workers”
UBC Emergency Procedures and Information Pamphlet (call (604) 822-1237)
- Local Unit Fire Health and Safety Plan (Generic Version)
- WCB Act, Sections 70-72
- WCB Regulation, parts 4.13 to 4.18, 33.1 to 33.52