Occupational & Preventive Health (OPH)

UBC’s Occupational & Preventive Health unit provides confidential and free programs and services to help protect the health and safety of staff, faculty, and paid students working both on and off campus, including UBC-Okanagan and hospital sites.

OPH is available to all staff, faculty, and paid students who have questions or concerns about their health and safety in the workplace, including questions around COVID-19. To book an appointment with one of our Nurses, please contact OPH at oph.info@ubc.ca or 604-827-4713.

How OPH can help you and your team

  • Immunization review with an Occupational Health Nurse
  • Vaccinations, tests, and screenings based on workplace exposure risks
  • Clearance to work
  • Medical clearance for respirator fit testing
  • Post-exposure follow-up
  • Pregnancy planning and resources
  • Occupational allergy care
  • Assessments of workplace risks for exposure to infectious agents (i.e. Hepatitis B Virus)
  • Consultations with the OPH Physician
  • Specialist referrals

Manager/supervisor responsibility

As a manager or supervisor you are responsible for the health and safety of your employees at work. For some employees, enrolment in the OPH program is required by the provincial and/or federal regulations described below.

  • WorkSafeBC Regulation 6.39 states that an 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 state 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.

Should your employees enrol in OPH?

Employees are encouraged to enrol in OPH as a part of their UBC onboarding process, or at any point during their employment at UBC if they meet one or more of the following criteria.

1. If your employees’ work at UBC involves one or more of the following exposure risks, ask them to enrol in OPH by booking a First Assessment appointment with the OPH Nurse. Alternatively, you can contact us directly and we will facilitate the enrolment of your employee or team in the OPH program.

  • Entry into a hospital, clinical or dental facility
  • Potential exposure to human blood, body fluid, tissue or cell lines
  • Work with animal species
  • Potential exposure to human feces and/or urine
  • Potential exposure to infectious biological agents
  • Work in a childcare facility
  • Potential exposure to dirt/soil or rusty metal
  • Entry into a Containment Level III facility

2. If you or your employees have questions or concerns about health in the workplace, including questions about COVID-19.

3. If one of your employees has had a workplace exposure incident (i.e. to human blood, body fluid, or tissue), instruct them to contact OPH after they have received appropriate first aid and/or medical follow-up.

Contact OPH to enrol in the program.

What you and your employees can expect

Every situation is unique and OPH will work with you and/or your employees to determine the next steps to help support physical and mental health in the workplace. We take into account potential workplace risks within the context of personal health needs in order to recommend and provide follow-up services like vaccinations, tests, health screenings and referrals to specialists.

Care & support

Our medical team provides evidence-based services, resources and advice to promote a healthy UBC community, in support of UBC’s Strategic Plan.

Accessibility

OPH is committed to providing accessible services. OPH offers appointments over the phone and in-person at our accessible on-campus clinic. Employees are expected to engage in all OPH activities during work hours. If you have questions or concerns about your employees’ ability to access OPH services, please contact us.

Confidentiality

OPH operates under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and does not disclose personal or medical information to anyone without their written consent.

Resources

Familiarize yourself and your team with the relevant resources available to help support health and safety in the workplace.

Contact OPH

Email: oph.info@ubc.ca

Telephone: 604-827-4713

Clinic Location:

David Strangway Building

311-5950 University Blvd.,

Vancouver BC,

V6T1Z3 Canada

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