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 a checklist for inspections that assess laboratory risks and safety precautions for chemicals, gases, biological agents and waste management. We use this list to inspect all UNBC laboratories and provide everyone an opportunity to identify and correct possible deficiencies in work spaces 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.

Laboratory Safety Committee

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 Laboratory Safety Committee meets quarterly, at a minimum.

Tammy Klassen-Ross, Chair and Assistant Professor, HLSC (FOHHS)

Alina Constantin, Co-Chair, Sr. Lab Instructor (FOHHS)

Saphida Migabo, Sr. Lab Instructor - ESM (FOE)

Kaila Fadock, Sr. Lab Instructor (FOSE)

Maik Gehloff, Sr. Lab Instructor- WIRL (FOSE)

Hossein Kazemian, Assistant Professor- (NALS)

Oliver Iorhemen, Assistant Professor - EENG (FOSE)

Angus Moduum, Graduate Student

Lukas Dauksas, NUGSS Representative

Sydney Cruch, NHSRF Coordinator

Mike Bell, Sr Manager Lab Ops & Infrastructure

Scott McMillan, Manager Health & Safety

Jordan Wilbey, Dispensing Chemist, Chemstores 

Thya Warren, Occupational Health & Safety Officer


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Laboratory Safety Committee Terms of Reference

Laboratory Safety Meeting Minutes

Radiation safety

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 use of radioactive materials is governed by the Nuclear Safety and 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 and 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

Martha Stark, Adjunct Professor

Matt Reid, Professor, PHYS

Hossein Kazemian, Assistant Professor, NALS

Andrea Gorrell, Associate Professor, BIOCHEM

Chow Lee, Professor, CHEM

Scott McMillan, Manager Health and Safety

Jordan Wilbey, Dispensing Chemist, RSO

    Safety manuals

    Additional contact information

    Scott McMillan, Health and Safety Manager

    Jordan Wilbey, Chemical Safety Officer

    Thya Warren, Occupational Health and Safety Officer