Getting ready for the National Day of Truth & Reconciliation & Orange Shirt Day
Last year, in honour of Orange Shirt Day and the newly introduced National Day of Truth & Reconciliation, the VPFO’s EDI Committee produced a series of blogs to drive awareness of the legacy of residential schools and help us all foster a commitment to reconciliation.
Read the full series for a deep dive into the history and meaning behind Truth & Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day.
A reminder that UBC will observe this day — the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation — as a statutory day on both campuses.
If you are looking for opportunities to take part in events on The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, consider joining UBC Applied Science and Land and Food Systems for an Intergenerational March to Commemorate Orange Shirt Day.
|New projects approved by UBC Board of Governors
In the Board Committee meeting on September 26, the Beaty Biodiversity Centre Addition received Board 2 approval and the Interdisciplinary Collaboration & Innovation (ICI) Building received conditional Board 3 approval.
Seismic resilience update presented to UBC Board of Governors
An update on the university’s ongoing seismic resilience planning and progress was presented to the Board.
New job strategy session (NJSS): September 13
Building Safety Capacity: Working safely at heights
Falls from heights can result in serious injuries. The proper use of fall protection equipment – in addition to planning, supervision and training – can reduce or eliminate the risk of falling.
The Occupational Health and Safety Regulation requires workers to use fall protection systems when they could fall from a height of 3 m (10 ft) or more, or where a fall from a lesser height could result in serious injury.
The fall protection hierarchy must be used when choosing methods to eliminate fall hazards. The following steps are listed in the order in which they should be considered.
Where fall hazards cannot be eliminated, permanent or temporary guardrails or handrails form a protective barrier around an opening or edge to prevent a fall to a lower level.
Fall restraint systems prevent you from falling through either travel restriction or work positioning. With travel restriction, workers are attached to a fixed-length line that prevents them from travelling closed to an opening or edge.
A fall arrest system (including a lanyard or lifeline, a harness, and most importantly, an anchor) protects you after a fall by stopping you from hitting the surface below.
If guardrails, fall restraint, or fall arrest are not practicable, or will result in greater risk of injury, contact UBC Safety and Risk Services to discuss alternative safe work procedures that are acceptable to WorkSafeBC.
To learn more about fall protection and working safely at heights, visit the UBC Safety & Risk Services website.
All positions at UBC are available on the UBC HR Careers website, or through the career application in your Workday account. Please note that applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on the day prior to the posting end date. The following VPFO positions are currently open:
Don’t forget to apply as an internal candidate! Please review the Apply for an Internal Job Posting guide in the Workday Knowledge Base for instructions on how to apply. Reminder to attach a copy of your resume when you apply for a career opportunity in Workday.
In case you’ve missed it
Here is a quick recap of key events and information that you may have missed. For more details, please click on the links below or refer to our weekly portfolio newsletter, VPFO Update.
Emergency tip: Automated External Defibrillators (AED)
Did you know that there is less than a 10% chance of surviving an out of hospital sudden cardiac arrest? Using an Automated External Defibrillators (AED) in the first few minutes can significantly increase chances of survival.
The portable AED devices on campus are located in a white cabinet and have an AED sign above the unit.
For more information about AEDs, how to use them and where to find them on campus, visit the Campus Security website.
Participate in the Corporate Wellness Challenge
This fall, VPFO’s Finance & Operational Excellence is collaborating with Ignite Nutrition to present the Corporate Wellness Challenge, a 6-week program that will help you meet your health and nutrition goals.
Starting on October 5 until November 15, there will be three webinars:
This program is open to all VPFO team members.
Managing your mental health
Our HR representatives are always available for a confidential conversation:
September 28, 2022