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Our Safety

University Health and Safety (UHS) is a team of health, safety and risk management specialists committed to supporting the University’s commitment to creativity, innovation and excellence, and strives to achieve these standards in the areas of environmental and occupational health, safety, loss prevention and mitigation.


Health and Safety Award of Excellence Learn More

Nominations open March 1st for the Health and Safety Award of Excellence.  Watch for future communications regarding Safety and Health Week May 1-5.

Campus Driver and Pedestrian Safety Learn More

McMaster is a walk- and bike-friendly community, and with students beginning the fall term, we must take extra precautions to ensure that roads, walkways, and crosswalks are safe for travel.

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Risk Management Manual Learn More

Includes all Risk Management Manual Programs.

Occupational Safety

Occupational Safety Learn More

Information includes ergonomics, violence and harassment prevention in the workplace, fire safety, standard operating procedures and first aid kit locations.

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Lab Safety Learn More

Information including biological/chemical waste disposal, hazardous materials, and McMaster’s chemical inventory system (HECHMET).


Travel Safety and Planning Learn More

Information on international travel including Global Affairs Canada, Travel Smart app.

Campus Insurance

Campus Insurance Learn More

Note:  Effective December 1st, 2022, the insurance management program is transitioning from EOHSS to the Enterprise Risk Department.   Please direct future insurance inquiries to Jessica Fry, Manager, Enterprise Risk via email: or by phone 05-525-9140 Ext. 21188


Field Trip, Student Placements and Research Activity Learn More

Information for students, employees travelling on McMaster business as part of a field trip, research activity or student placement.

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Ergonomics: Working from Home Learn More

The following suggestions will allow employees to continue to work productively and consider proper ergonomic set-up while at home.

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Strategies for Healthy Screen Habits

Home Safety Learn More

The checklist is designed to assess the safety of the home workstation. Employees are expected to designate an adequate and separate workstation in the home. To ensure employees are working in a safe and healthy dedicated workstation, the following checklist should be completed. Please note, assessment is of the workstation only and is not reflective of the safety of the home in its entirety.

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AED (Automated External Defibrillator) Learn More

An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable electronic device that allows the user to provide potentially life saving treatment to someone who is suffering from cardiac arrhythmias.

Information on AED use, maintenance and locations of McMaster AEDs can be found here.


For general inquiries please contact us at or extension 24352.

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Leah Allan

Lab Safety Specialist

Cheryl Beecroft

Health and Safety Specialist

Stacie Cameron

Specialist, University Health and Safety Programs

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Dane DeMan

Associate Director, University Health and Safety, EOHSS

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Alicia Westfall

Health and Safety Specialist