During the COVID-19 emergency, the Safety Office is continuing to provide services.

Click here for more information on essential services that will continue, work that will be suspended, the laboratory shutdown checklist, and changes to the ESF hours.

Welcome to the Safety Office

The Safety Office provides consultation and support services to the University community on matters relating to environmental and occupational health and safety. Choose a category below for more information on University of Waterloo health and safety programs, procedures, guidelines and training. 


  1. May 21, 2020COVID-19 Contractor Health & Safety Expectations

    As part of our institutional contractor safety program and in light of the current COVID-19 virus spread, the Contractor Health & Safety Expectations document outlines the expectations in place to ensure we maintain a safe and healthy workplace for not only our employees and students but for all those who come to our campus.

  2. Mar. 25, 2020Setting up your home office with ergonomic tips from the Safety Office

    Many of us are now trying to work from home, making do with spaces temporarily created for the situation. While the kitchen table may be functional as space to put a computer, is it ergonomically functional. Consideration has to be given to the space and resources available for these newly created home offices to ensure your home office, what ever it comprises of, is as ergonomically correct as possible to minimize any negative impacts and support your productivity.

  3. Mar. 18, 2020COVID-19 Safety Office Service Note

    During the COVID-19 emergency, the Safety Office is continuing to provide services remotely. The essential services listed below continue to take priority while the in-person services listed will be temporarily suspended until further notice.

    If you have questions or need support, continue to contact Safety Office staff member you normally would. If you are unsure who to contact, send an email to safety@uwaterloo.ca and contact UW Police with emergencies.

    Essential services that will continue:

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