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.


Friday, May 22, 2020

COVID-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.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Setting 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.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

COVID-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:

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Hand Washing Posters

The following posters from Public Health are available for download and print:

How to wash your hands poster

Wash your hands poster

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Holiday Laboratory Shutdown

Please note for the holiday shutdown that due to winter weather conditions, utilities (especially electricity) may be affected. It is a general rule that all laboratory processes be designed to safely survive a service failure. During the holiday shutdown this is particularly important and the following precautions are recommended.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Implementing the University’s New Risk Assessment Program

As part of our Health, Safety & Environment Management System (HSEMS), the University is implementing a Risk Assessment Program to manage workplace hazards. The Program takes a two-level, proactive approach to ensuring a safe and healthy workplace by anticipating hazards and risks and implementing control measures before work starts or any significant exposure to risk occurs.
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