Laboratory Safety

Laboratory Safety

The goal of the UNBC Laboratory Safety Program is to make UNBC a healthy and safe place for students, staff, faculty, and visitors. To assist you in making your laboratory a safe environment for those working in or visiting your lab, UNBC’s Safety Officers conduct annual inspections and help you identify techniques to help improve lab safety. We are also available for advice and consultation to help you create a safe environment for anyone working in or visiting your laboratory.  The UNBC Laboratory Safety Committee has developed the attached checklist for inspections that assess laboratory risks and safety precautions for chemicals, gases, biological agents and waste management. We will use this list to inspect all UNBC laboratories and are providing everyone an opportunity to identify and correct possible deficiencies in your workspace before we commence our new inspection program. Any feedback that you have on the checklist or the process will be accepted and used to help improve the program.

The UNBC Laboratory Safety Committees coordinate and monitor laboratory safety functions and guidelines associated with research and teaching laboratories. The Laboratory Safety Committee addresses general lab safety, chemical safety, and Biosafety.  The Radiation Safety Committee address radiological and radiation related functions. Both committees promote a safe work environment and make recommendations concerning compliance with Federal, Provincial, and Local regulations. The  Laboratory Safety Committee meets quarterly, at a minimum.

  

Laboratory Safety Committee Members

Andrea Gorrell
Associate Professor, Chair - (CSAM)
250-960-6217

Julia Wimmers-Klick
 Sr. Lab Instructor - NMP
250-960-5152

Ngoc Huynh
Sr. Lab Instructor - HLSC (CASHS)
250-960-5512

Saphida Migabo
Sr. Lab Instructor - ESM (CSAM)
250-960-5009

Corbin Black
Graduate Student

Seth Jex
NUGSS Representative

Umesh Parshotam
Sr. Lab Instructor - CHEM
250-960-6656

Daniel Erasmus
Sr. Lab Instructor - Alternate Rep
250-960-5191

Chelsea Pelletier
Asst Professor, Health Sciences (CASHS)
250-960-6723

Maik Gehloff
Sr. Lab Instructor -IENG (WIDC)
250-960-6723                                                                       

Lydia Troc
Biological Safety Officer
250-960-5279

Conan Ma
Chemical Safety Officer
250-960-6472

Suzanne Carlson
Health & Safety Manager
250-960-5530

Radiation Safety

The use of radioactive materials is governed by the Nuclear Safety & Control Act, which is administered by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC). The Act and Regulations require a Radiation Safety Program guided by the university’s Radiation Safety Committee and enforced by the university’s Radiation Safety Officers.

The policies and procedures that make up the Radiation Safety Program have been established to maintain a reasonable level of control over the use and disposal of radioactive materials while conforming with the Nuclear Safety & Control Act without unduly hampering the development of experimental programs. The compliance and cooperation of individual users with the Program is a vital element to its success.

Radiation Safety Committee Members

Sarah Gray
Associate Professor
250-960-5442

Martha Stark
Adjunct Professor
250-960-5306

George Jones
Senior Lab Instructor, PHYS
250-960-5169

Hossein Kazemian
Senior Lab Instructor, NALS
250-960-5168

Vacant
MSc Candidate

Vacant
NUGSS Representative

Vacant
Risk & Safety Coordinator
250-960-5530

Conan Ma
Dispensing Chemist
250-960-6472