Incident reporting and investigations

When an incident occurs, contact Campus Security to obtain first aid, other medical aid or to assist with an emergency situation.

All accidents, injuries and near-misses must then be reported as soon as possible to a supervisor using the Departmental Incident & Investigation Report (DIIR). 

Faculty and staff should report incidents that resulted in any of the following:

  • Injury, exposure or occupational disease
  • Time-loss from work
  • Medical treatment (by a physician)
  • First aid call-out (for work-related injuries)
  • Near-miss (no injury but potential to cause serious injury)
  • Equipment failure
  • Hazardous material spill/environmental release
  • Property damage
  • All immediate reportable incidents, as prescribed by WorkSafeBC.


  • Students should also report any of the above incidents that occurred in a teaching/research laboratory on campus or as part of approved fieldwork.
  • Minor incidents not meeting any of the above criteria should be recorded in your department's Accident Record Book (pdf).
  • Preliminary investigations must be completed within 48 hours by the Supervisor/P.I. for all reported incidents including WSBC claims.
  • Full investigations must be completed within 30 days of the incident if the issues could not be fully assessed and corrected during the Preliminary investigation.
  • For all WSBC claims or serious incidents, a joint investigation must be completed with the Supervisor/P.I. and worker/union representative.
  • OHSE will assist in coordinating joint investigations.
  • Please submit all investigation reports to OHSE when completed.
  • All completed reports will be reviewed by the appropriate joint Local Safety Committee (LSC).

Certain types of incidents require an immediate report to WorkSafeBC. Please contact Campus Security at 250-721-7599 if any of the following occur:

  • Any incident that kills, causes risk of death or seriously injures a worker
  • A major leak or release of a hazardous substance
  • A major structural failure or collapse of a building, hoist or construction support system
  • Any blasting accident that results in injury or unusual event involving explosives
  • Any incident of fire or explosion with the potential to cause serious injury
  • A diving incident that causes death, injury or decompression sickness requiring treatment

OHSE will then notify WorkSafeBC, ensure that the accident scene is protected and coordinate a joint incident investigation.