Presentations and Activities

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Interactive Tabling Activities

Interested in finding out more about University Safety at McGill?

Get to know our staff and take part in interactive games and activities at our Safety Week Tabling events, hosted by each of the units within University Safety:

  • Emergency Measures & Fire Prevention
  • Environmental Health & Safety
  • Hazardous Waste Management
  • Security Services

All participants at our Tabling activities will receive a ticket to our FREE BBQ on Friday, September 12, 2014!

MONDAY SPECIAL: Want to try out some safety gear? Don’t miss ThermoFisher Scientific at Monday’s tabling! They will have on hand, for you to try on for size, a large selection of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including face shields, goggles, apparel and more!

Date: Monday, September 8 to Thursday, September 11

Locations:

Monday, September 8 Bellini Building/Atrium #Room 130, 3649 Promenade Sir William Osler Downtown Campus
Tuesday, September 9 McConnell Engineering/Kiosk, 3480 University St. Downtown Campus
Wednesday, September 10 McLennan Library Building/Bridge (Redpath & McLennan), 3459 McTavish Downtown Campus
Thursday, September 11 Macdonald-Stewart Building / Lobby, 21111 Lakeshore Road, St. Anne de Bellevue Macdonald Campus

Time: 11:30-14:30

Fire Extinguisher Training Simulator

Putting out fires isn’t as easy as it looks in the movies. Want to learn how to use a fire extinguisher in a stress-free and safe environment? This hands-on simulator will help you learn how to correctly use a fire extinguisher by putting out a simulated fire. You will also learn about classes of fires, types of fire extinguishers and when to use them.

This is a great exercise for anyone and everyone. You never know when it will come in handy!

*At tabling event everyday (Monday to Thursday)

Hazardous Waste Management Open House

Our Hazardous Waste Management team is dedicated to making sure that campus waste and recyclables are taken care of properly. Learn how they safely recycle or dispose of everything, ranging from everyday items like batteries and electronics to items such as chemical, biomedical and radioactive waste. Come meet our staff, discover our facility, and see how much of a difference one small department can make.

The emergency response (Hazmat) trailer will also be on site. The vehicle is equipped with all the protective gear and specialized equipment needed to take care of a hazardous substance spill. Participants will have the opportunity to gear up by putting on protective suits.

Date: Monday, September 8

Location: McIntyre Medical Building, Room 129, 3655 Pr. Sir William Osler (Downtown Campus)

Time: 13:00-15:30

Register for this activity.

Bystander Intervention: Empowering our Community to Prevent Sexual Violence

University is often a time for people to live new experiences and create new relationships. When it comes to engaging in sexual activities however, many commonly held beliefs are sustained by myths that can lead to a violation of one’s rights and even sexual abuse and assault. Understanding the issue of consent is crucial to creating mutually respectful relations.

In this interactive workshop, presented by McGill’s new Liaison officer, Bianca Tétrault, from the Office of the Dean of Students, we will explore the terms consent and sexual assault, debunk those commonly held myths, address potentially harmful social norms, and provide participants with tools to empower us to become pro social bystanders to help prevent sexual violence in our community. (Note: a Bystander is a witness to an act. A person who could potentially get involved and make a difference. It refers to anyone who is in a position to intervene before, during or after the act.)

Date: Monday, September 8

Location: Bellini Building/KARP Room # 501, 3649 Promenade Sir William Osler (Downtown Campus)

Time: 12:15-13:30

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"Joepardy"

ALL participants will win a prize for playing along!

Test your McGill safety knowledge with this fun interactive game modeled after the popular television game show with lots of fascinating categories such as: Radiation, Personal Safety, Workplace Protection, Laboratory Safety, Occupational Health and many more.

Hosted by Environmental Health & Safety's Joe Vincelli.

Do you think you have what it takes to win? Well, come on down!

Winners of "Joepardy" will win a prize!

Date: Monday, September 8

Location: Bellini Building/KARP Room # 501, 3649 Promenade Sir William Osler (Downtown Campus)

Time: 14:00-15:30

Register for this activity.

Fire Department Simulator - SIM (Service de sécurité incendie de Montréal)

The Montreal Fire Department will be on the Downtown Campus with their Evacuation Simulation trailer. The simulator allows participants to experience what it may be like in the event of a real fire and to be better prepared to know what to do. It is also a unique opportunity for children to become comfortable with firefighters dressed in their gear so that they will not be afraid if ever they meet one in a real fire.

Date: Tuesday, September 9

Location: Y Intersection
Downtown Campus Central Sector: Intersection of lower fields (halfway between Arts building & Roddick gates)
845 Sherbrooke Street West

Time: 10:00

HAZMAT Safety Case Study: From Lac Mégantic to Cindy Crawford

Christian Bouchard, Manager of McGill's Hazardous Waste Management department, brings this interactive presentation to Safety Week. The workshop will feature several case studies involving hazardous materials emergency response, including the tragic events of Lac Mégantic, and how we can transpose the lessons learned from these events to improve the culture of safety at McGill University.

Date: Tuesday, September 9

Location: James Administration Building/Room # 301, 845 Sherbrooke St. West (Downtown Campus)

Time: 12:00-13:00

Register for this activity.

Due Diligence: OHS obligations and CSST statutory offenses

Presented by Par Éric Thibaudeau, partner at Langlois Kronström Desjardins, lawyers

Since July 1st, 2010, the employers found guilty of an infraction under Sections 236 and 237 of the Act regarding Occupational Health and Safety (AOHS) are fined with important amounts: indeed, the government has multiplied up to six (6) times the fines contained in the AOHS. In the case of a second repeated offense to Section 237, the maximal fine can now reach $300,000!

During this presentation, participants will get an overview of the employers OHS obligations, the employees’ responsibilities, penal liability and possible defenses when charged for an offense to the AOHS.

Download presentation [.pdf]

Date: Tuesday, September 9

Location: James Administration Building/Room #301, 845 Sherbrooke St. West (Downtown Campus)

Time: 13:15-14:00

Register for this presentation.

M-SERT - A view into the McGill Student Emergency Response Team

The McGill Student Emergency Response Team (M-SERT) is a student-run volunteer service, supported by the Students' Society of McGill University, whose members provide emergency first aid services to the McGill University and Montreal communities. This presentation, given by the Director of M-SERT, will talk about what you need to know in case of an emergency first aid situation, the importance of understanding the bystander effect and examples of situations that M-SERT has encountered while on the job. Be sure not to miss this presentation as it may make the difference for you or someone you know in a life or death situation!

Date: Wednesday, September 10

Location: McLennan Library Building / Room #23, 3459 McTavish (Downtown Campus)

Time: 11:45-12:45

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Town Hall Event: Building a Safety Culture - Are we there yet?

The topic of discussion of this Town Hall will be about McGill University’s Safety Culture and whether we are effectively fulfilling our internal responsibilities. Wayne Wood, Associate Director, University Safety, will open the session by briefly describing his “road trip” as safety officer for McGill over the years and the changes he has seen in the University’s safety culture. Professor Ruthanne Huising, Assistant Professor specializing in Organizational Behavior, Desautels Faculty of Management, will describe her research findings in the area of safety culture in the academic research laboratory and Dr. Alvin Shrier, Professor of Physiology and Chair of the University Health and Safety Committee (ULSC), will talk about his perspective as a faculty member responsible for laboratory research and his priorities as chair of ULSC.

The presentation portion will be brief in order to maximize audience participation and feedback. The audience will be asked to comment on whether our safety culture is where it needs to be and what steps should be taken to bring it to the next level. All suggestions and comments at the Town Hall meeting will be noted and taken back to the responsible bodies for consideration.

Date: Wednesday, September 10

Location: 3610 McTavish/Room 430 (Downtown Campus)

Time: 13:00-14:30

Register for this presentation.

Fire Department Simulator - SIM (Service de sécurité incendie de Montréal)

The Montreal Fire Department will be on the Macdonald Campus with their Evacuation Simulation trailer. The simulator allows participants to experience what it may be like in the event of a real fire and to be better prepared to know what to do. It is also a unique opportunity for children to become comfortable with firefighters dressed in their gear so that they will not be afraid if ever they meet one in a real fire.

Date: Thursday, September 11

Location: (TBD) (Macdonald Campus)

Time: (TBD)

Barn Safety

Paul Meldrum, General Manager of the Macdonald Campus Farm, will be speaking about the barn fire which occurred on October 31, 2013. The hay storage barn and nearly all the winter feed for the cattle was lost. Paul will talk about how the fire started, the quick thinking that helped to save the cattle as well as the incredible collaboration between students, staff and external agencies that made the emergency response to this event a success. Barn safety is everybody’s responsibility. Come learn about it and the steps which have been taken to help prevent a similar occurrence.

Date: Thursday, September 11

Location: Macdonald-Stewart Building/Faculty Lounge - MS2-022, 21111 Lakeshore Road, St. Anne de Bellevue (Macdonald Campus) 

Time: 12:45-14:15

Register for this presentation.

"Joepardy"

ALL participants will win a prize for playing along!

Test your McGill safety knowledge with this fun interactive game modeled after the popular television game show with lots of fascinating categories such as: Radiation, Personal Safety, Workplace Protection, Laboratory Safety, Occupational Health and many more.

Hosted by Environmental Health & Safety's Joe Vincelli.

Do you think you have what it takes to win? Well, come on down!

Winners of "Joepardy" will win a prize!

Date: Thursday, September 11

Location: Faculty Lounge - MS2-022 (Macdonald Campus) 

Time: 14:30-15:30

Register for this presentation.

Corn Roast and Fresh Popcorn

There will be a corn roast and fresh popcorn on Macdonald campus! The corn roast is free to all members of the Mac campus community. Come one, come all!

Date: Thursday, September 11

Time and Location:

Corn Roast 11:30-14:00 In front of Macdonald-Stewart Building, 21111 Lakeshore Road, St. Anne de Bellevue Macdonald Campus
Fresh Popcorn 11:30-14:30 Macdonald-Stewart Building / Lobby, 21111 Lakeshore Road, St. Anne de Bellevue Macdonald Campus

Safety Awards Presentations

Two recognition award ceremonies have become a part of Safety Week.

The first is the Safety Committee Productivity Award. The Vice-Principal (Research and International Relations) Rose Goldstein will be presenting the award to the winning committee who has been selected by the University Laboratory Safety Committee.

The second is the Safety Ambassador Award which is bestowed upon individuals demonstrating an exceptional contribution to safety. These individuals are selected by each unit within University Safety (Security, Emergency Measures & Fire Prevention, Environmental Health & Safety and Hazardous Waste Management). The awards will be presented by the Vice-Principal (Administration and Finance) Michael Di Grappa.

Date: Friday, September 12

Location: Lower East Field (Downtown Campus)

Time: 11:45-12:15

Note that this event will be held in the Burnside lobby in case of rain (Burnside Hall/Lobby 805 Sherbrooke St. West)

First Aid Training

The 30 minute session, which will be given by Aparna Dintakurti and several M-SERT instructors will provide a brief introduction to Emergency Medical Services (EMS), emphasizing the various first aid groups on campus such as M-SERT and McGill Security.

The presentation will cover some basic response activities, such as, how to recognize a medical emergency and act accordingly, including preventative measures. Common medical emergencies around campus will also be discussed; including choking, fainting and seizures along with the appropriate treatments.

Date: Friday, September 12

Location: Lower East Field (Downtown Campus)

Time: 12:30-13:00

Note that this event will be cancelled in case of rain

Register for this presentation.

Security Services BBQ

Every year, McGill Security Services organizes a Community BBQ to encourage students, faculty and staff to come out and mingle with the many internal and external partners that they collaborate with to create a safe and secure environment across our campuses. However, you’ll need a coupon to attend this FREE BBQ. Where can you get a coupon you ask? They will be distributed to visitors and participants of Safety Week activities, so don’t miss out! 

Date: Friday, September 12

Location: Lower East Field (Downtown Campus)

Time: 12:00-14:00