Research or other tasks may require students or staff to be present outside normal hours and should be done under the approval of the supervisor. If you are alone, e.g. in a lab, take precautions to minimize risk include notifying your supervisor and/or others in the vicinity.
- Hazard assessment is required for all work conducted outside normal hours.
- Keep your office / lab door locked.
- Inform family / room-mates when you intend to leave and when you should arrive home.
- Be aware of the Lone Worker Program (2-5050) https://www.ualberta.ca/protective-services/services/lone-worker
- Do not let people in if they don’t have a key / One Card.
- Report unusual activity to Protective Services (2-5050).
- Do not carry out potentially hazardous experiments if you are alone.
- Work along guide can be found at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BchvqM0gNIsak3DSx_0-ZBja7pA0NjYAQ3AhSd75Kmk/edit
- Safewalk https://www.su.ualberta.ca/services/safewalk/ provides a safe alternative to walking alone at night around the campus.
- It is free of charge and any member of the university community-undergrads, graduate students, staff, and faculty, can avail Safewalk.
- Office: 0-81 SUB U of A Students’ Union; Call 492-5563 (4-WALK-ME).
- Hours during which Walks are available : 7:00 pm-12:45 am (-10.45 pm Sunday) Winter 6:00 pm-12:45 am (-10.45 pm Sunday). Closed holidays and long weekends.
- Unattended experiments, which could pose a safety hazard should a problem occur, especially outside of normal working hours, must be kept to an absolute minimum.
- Before an experiment is left unattended, take precautions to prevent spills, ‘floods’ or fires in case of mechanical power or water failure.
- Secure water and vacuum hoses with a band clamp (not ‘wire’) on each connection, and make sure water outlet tubing is securely inserted into sink drains to a depth of at least 12” (~30 cm).
- Use tygon or polypropylene (not ‘rubber’) tubing for all water flow.
- A reaction mixture must be clearly identified, and clear written instructions should be left outlining handling procedures in case an emergency shutdown is required or other problems occur.
Working off Campus
If you work at a facility off of the main campus, e.g. South Campus, Kinsella or experimental stations, consult with the Unit Manager or other appropriate personnel for all required site-specific safety information and training (operation of machinery, working with animals, working with herbicides or pesticides, etc.).