Health & Safety

The Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory (AERL) at 2202 Main Mall houses the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries (IOF) and the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES). They share responsibility for the health and safety of these departments. Whether in the field, the lab, or the office, the departments recognize that there are risks involved in the work they do, and strives to ensure all aspects of operations are carried out safely and responsibly.

Relevant documentation can be found on the AERL site :

Here are some forms that may be most useful to IOF personnel:

Field Safety Documentation

Field Safety Checklist

Forms to complete with fieldwork team:

International Field Work

When students are involved in fieldwork requiring travel outside of Canada, they have obligations under UBC’s Student Safety Abroad Policy (SC12). Students are required to have adequate travel medical insurance, to register their travel on UBC’s Safety Abroad Registry, and to use the resources provided by UBC to support safe travel planning. For destinations where Canadian government travel advisories are in place, students are required to seek authorization to travel. For more information see the Safety Abroad Website or contact .

For international travel

Working Alone

In the Field
At home


UBC’s Centralized Accident/Incident Reporting System (CAIRS) is an online system to report Incidents and Accidents. To report an incident, please visit: the CAIRS page.

Incident Reporting

For more information on reporting accidents & incidents, please visit the related page at UBC Safety and Risk Services