Welcome to Workplace Health Services (WHS), a comprehensive in-house program that seeks to protect the health and well-being of UBC employees (staff, faculty and students who are employed by the university).
WHS equips employees with the necessary knowledge and services to manage their personal health in the workplace.
WHS evolved out of the established immunization practices of the Animal Care Centre following the commissioning of the Containment Level III facility at the Life Sciences Centre (LSC). To satisfy federal requirements for the commissioning of this facility, UBC established WHS in 2007 under our former title, “Medical Surveillance Program”, and opened its clinical location inside the UBC Health Clinic in July, 2008. At that time, UBC expanded the scope of the program beyond its existing clientele to serve all UBC employees whose work involves potential risk factors.
We are always keen to hear from employees on issues surrounding their occupational health so that we may continue to grow to meet the demands of the UBC community. If you have a question about your health in the workplace, please contact us.
Located inside the UBC Health Clinic, WHS offers the following confidential services to employees in a clinical setting. All recommended services are free of charge.
Have a question about your workplace health? Anyone holding a seven-digit UBC Employee Number qualifies for our services. Please contact us to find out more.
We currently offer targeted programs to a variety of employee groups, both on and off-campus, including:
Employees become enrolled in WHS when they are identified as having exposures in the workplace, for which we recommend preventative activities that help mitigate those risks. Employees may be identified by their supervisor, by self-referral, through enrolment in the Biosafety Course or by virtue of their annual respirator fit and/or audiometric testing.
For each employee group (researchers, Building Operations staff, etc.), the enrolment process varies. Targeted services may involve Risk Assessments, consultation with the Occupational Health Nurse or Physician, health screening questionnaires and/or vaccinations. Please contact WHS for more information to find out how you can enroll today.
WHS respects the individual employee’s dignity, privacy of personal information and confidentiality of personal health information at all times. Data is collected in compliance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (1996) and the Personal Information Protection Act (2004) and formal retention schedules in conformance with UBC policies and procedures.
Workplace Health Services Coordinator
Hollie Burrage, RN
Occupational Health Nurse
Dr. Michael Yamanaka
Occupational Health Physician
UBC Health Clinic
#310-5950 University Blvd.
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3
Workplace Health Services
Health Promotion Programs
#350-2075 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1