Occupational & Preventive Health (O&PH)

Occupational & Preventive Health (O&PH) is a comprehensive in-house program that seeks to protect the health and wellbeing of UBC employees (staff, faculty and students who are employed by the university) by offering medical services such as vaccinations, health screenings, lab tests and consultation for occupational health concerns. These services are offered free of charge to the individual and are confidential. For some workers, enrolment in O&PH is required by provincial and/or federal regulations.

Who Should Enrol?

Anyone with a 7-digit UBC employee number whose work involves: Example Personnel
Exposure to animal species Research Technicians, Animal Care Technicians, Veterinarians, etc.
Exposure to human blood, body fluid, tissue or cell lines Laboratory Staff, Researchers, Clinical Staff, First Aid Workers, etc.
Exposure to human feces and/or urine Sewage Workers (maintenance or research), Plumbers, Researchers, etc.
Exposure to infectious biological agents Laboratory Staff, Researchers, etc.
Entry into a Containment Level III facility Laboratory Staff, Researchers, Safety Advisors, etc.
Entry into a hospital facility Researchers, Clinicians, Laboratory Staff, etc.
Caring for children Child Care Staff

How to Enrol in O&PH

Eligible staff and faculty should schedule an appointment with the occupational health nurse by contacting OPH at 604-827-4713 or whs.info@ubc.ca.

Learn more at https://www.hr.ubc.ca/wellbeing-benefits/workplace-health/occupational-preventive-health/.

Why is O&PH Important?

  • UBC’s Focus on People commits to supporting the development of a healthy and sustainable workplace.
  • WorkSafeBC Regulation 6.39 states that the employer must offer vaccination to all workers who are at risk of occupational exposure to biological agents for which there is a vaccine that prevents against infection.
  • The Canadian Biosafety Standards & Guidelines affirms that a medical surveillance program must be in place to help prevent and detect illnesses related to the exposure of personnel to infectious material or toxins.

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