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Health, safety and environment mission

Health, Safety and Environment (HSE), is a Division of the BCIT Safety, Security and Emergency Management department, which strives to continually advance the safety culture of BCIT by providing guidance, training and technical consultation to the institutional community to ensure a healthy and safe environment for staff and students.

We aim to be a leader in best practices for health, safety and environment; offering important resources and fostering an attitude of awareness for HSE throughout the entire BCIT community.

BCIT safety culture

The foundation of our safety culture is structured with our BCIT OHS Policy [PDF] and OHS Matrix of Responsibility [PDF], developed to provide all members of the BCIT community with an understanding of their related responsibilities and needed compliance to all regulatory requirements and BCIT safety policies/procedures.


The Health, Safety and Environment Division provides a broad range of occupational health and safety and environmental protection services to all members of the institute community including:

  • Health & Safety consultations and inquiries
  • Safety program development
  • Indoor air quality assessments
  • Safe work procedure development
  • Ergonomic consultations
  • Hazardous material safety/WHMIS
  • Liaison with regulatory agencies
  • First aid services
  • Workplace inspections & evaluations
  • Fire safety/drills
  • Incident investigations
  • Safety training

Health, safety and environment vision

The HSE division will create and implement a Health and Safety Management System that not only complies with relevant legislation but reflects best practices. As a resource to the BCIT community, the HSE division will work with all stakeholders to provide a safe, healthy, and rewarding environment for our students and employees.

The BCIT Health and Safety Program is structured into the following programs:

Please ensure that you have read and understood the BCIT Occupational Health and Safety Policy [PDF] and the BCIT Matrix of Responsibility [PDF]. Also, please become familiar with the elements of the BCIT Health and Safety Program that are listed above.

Safety procedures

The BCIT HSE Division strives to ensure the safety and well-being of all employees, students, contractors, and visitors by acting as a resource and providing assistance to all departments on safety-related topics. The following safety procedures have been developed to direct a practical and effective safety program at BCIT.

Every person, visiting or working at BCIT, is expected to maintain high standards of safety and follow all Occupational Health and Safety regulations, BCIT policies and procedures, and legislative standards as they apply to the Institute.

The BCIT Health and Safety group is responsible for the development and maintenance of the BCIT Health and Safety Program in accordance with the British Columbia Workers Compensation Act, Occupational Health and Safety Regulation and associated regulations.