What to do if there is an Accident or Medical Crisis

Making an Emergency Services call

  • Avoid delay. It’s all about getting the right emergency responder, to the right place faster, to potentially save more lives and property.
  • Call the NB 9-1-1 operator (refer to Emergency Phone Numbers).
  • Stay calm and speak clearly. When asked by the operator, state the type of assistance you require (police, fire, ambulance, poison control).
  • Provide your name, telephone number and location (UNB campus, civic address, building and room no.). State briefly and clearly what you have observed or why you are calling.
  • Answer all of the operator’s questions. Let the operator control the conversation. The operator uses standard questions for obtaining critical information from you in a timely manner.
  • Do not hang up until the operator tells you to do so.
  • If you are calling from a cell or wireless phone, leave your phone turned ‘on’ in case the operator needs to reach you.
  • If time allows, notify Security & Traffic by calling 453-4830 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).

Serious Accident or Medical Emergency

  • Do not move a seriously injured person unless it is a life-threatening situation. If you feel the situation is of a life-threatening nature, contact the NB 9-1-1 operator (refer to Emergency Phone Numbers).
  • Contact Security & Traffic at 453-4830. Provide your name, telephone number, location and as much information as possible regarding the nature of the injury or medical condition. Security will arrange for medical assistance including an ambulance, if necessary. Security personnel are also trained in Emergency Responder Level First Aid/CPR.
  • Return to the victim. Administer First Aid and keep the person as calm and comfortable as possible. The names of First Aid/ CPR trained staff are posted in the hallways of campus buildings.
  • Remain with the victim until Security personnel or Emergency Responders arrive.
  • Report all injuries, accidents and ‘incidents’ (near misses) on the UNB Accident Report Form within 24 hours of occurrence. Forms are available from your departmental office or the Safety Office.

Accident Reporting

A joint function of the Security & Traffic Division and the Environmental Health and Safety Office is the administration of a comprehensive accident investigation system. All matters pertaining to Workers' Compensation are coordinated with the University Human Resources Department. Every accident involving personal injury, near injury, or property damage, as in the case of vehicle collision or fire damage to buildings, is reviewed and corrective action is recommended.

Accident or a "near miss" where an individual could have sustained serious injury or where corrective action should be taken to prevent another incident of the same type, should be reported to your supervisor. An Internal Accident Report Form must be completed by the individual and signed by the department head. Copies must be distributed to Security, Environmental Health and Safety and the Budget Office with 24 hours of occurrence.

The UNB Internal Accident Report Form is available in all departmental offices or from Environmental Health and Safety.

Where an individual is seriously injured, or an accidental explosion or chemical exposure has occurred, whether or not injury has occurred, the incident must be reported immediately after the occurrence to the New Brunswick Workplace Health Safety & Compensation Commission (WHSCC) at 453-2467 during regular office hours or 1-800-442-9776 after hours.

Medical Services

The Student Health Centre, operated under the office of the Executive Director of Student Affairs and Services, provides a medical clinic in CC Jones House to serve the student body. A physician is available during normal office hours and a qualified nurse is on duty at all other times. Injured University employees are normally directed to the Emergency Room of the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital which is adjacent to the Campus.

See also Safety Handbook -Medical Emergencies

First Aid

Emergency First Aid service can be provided by the Security & Traffic Department as well as by selected trained employees throughout the campus buildings. Security can transport injured individuals to the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital if required.

First Aid Qualified

The names of First Aid and C.P.R. trained personnel are posted near each First Aid kit, fire alarm pull stations or central bulletin boards on a yellow poster which is updated annually by EHS Office.

First Aid Kits

Occupational Health & Safety Act, New Brunswick Regulation 91-191

First Aid kits are readily available in most of the University's larger buildings and must be maintained by departments.

Where there are fewer than ten employees at any one time in a place of employment, an employer shall provide one first aid kit with the following minimum content: (N.B. No.1 Kit)

  • a standard first aid manual;
  • the following instruments:
    • one pair of 140 mm stainless steel scissors;
    • one pair of tweezers; and
    • twelve safety pins;
  • the following dressings:
    • twenty-five sterile adhesive bandages (25 mm x 75 mm) individually wrapped;
    • five sterile gauze squares (100 mm x 100 mm) individually wrapped;
    • one roll of gauze bandage (50 mm x 9 mm) individually wrapped;
    • two sterile bandage compresses (100 mm x 100 mm) individually wrapped;
    • two triangular bandages;
    • one roll of adhesive tape (25 mm x 9 m); and
    • two sterile eye shields individually wrapped;
  • a recognized skin antiseptic other than iodine;
  • a tube of water soluble burn treatment not less than 55 g;
  • one pair of rubber gloves;
  • one pocket mask;
  • one package of cotton tipped applicators;
  • twenty-four hand cleansers; and
  • two tongue depressors.

Where there are ten to one hundred employees at any one time in a place of employment, an employer shall provide one first aid kit with the following minimum content: (N.B. No. 2 Kit)

  • a standard first aid manual;
  • the following instruments:
    • one pair of 140 mm stainless steel scissors;
    • one pair of tweezers; and
    • twelve safety pins;
  • the following dressings:
    • fifty sterile adhesive bandages of assorted sizes and individually wrapped;
    • twenty-four sterile gauze squares (100 mm x 100 mm) individually wrapped;
    • four rolls of gauze bandage (75 mm x 9 mm) individually wrapped;
    • four sterile bandage compresses (100 mm x 100 mm) individually wrapped;
    • six triangular bandages;
    • two rolls of adhesive tape (25 mm x 9 m); and
    • four sterile eye shields individually wrapped;
  • a recognized skin antiseptic other than iodine;
  • a tube of water soluble burn treatment not less than 55 g;
  • one pair of rubber gloves;
  • one pocket mask;
  • one package of cotton tipped applicators;
    • thirty-six hand cleansers; and
    • six tongue depressors.