January 7, 2016

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Time for a happy dance, we beat our 2015 safety goal!

7iarBb6iAThank you to everyone for your help beating our goal of “under 30 Time Losses” in 2015. Let the happy dance begin! While under 30 was a stretch, we are proud to reach 27 last year.

Thank you, also, Tariq Din, Linda Roseborough and Lori Takenaka for helping us achieve our goal and ensuring our safety and wellbeing.

Great job all!

Congratulations, Danica Pjevalica from Custodial Services, on receiving the 2015 Kim Nulty Award

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At the 2015 Staff Excellence Awards, Danica Pjevalica, Head Building Services Worker, won the Kim Nulty Award. As a leader, Danica has grown to be a caring, considerate and “hands-on” supervisor. An epitome of a team player, Danica goes above-and-beyond the call of duty and never hesitates to help her team. And the customer service she provides is extraordinary. She is poetry in motion.

Congratulations, Danica!

Winners of the 2015 Staff Excellence Awards will be featured every week, starting with this issue.


Updated list of buildings served by the DES as of January 7 is now available

Check out the latest DES updates to know which buildings are running on the district energy hot water heating system and which buildings will be coming online soon.

CUPE 116 Employees get a new weekend shift premium effective immediately

CUPE 116 employees now get a shift premium of $0.75 per hour for the day shift on weekends. If you work the day shift on weekends, please add a “W” to the time code on your time card as shown here:

  • 1B becomes W1B on weekends only
  • 1C becomes W1C on weekends only

Evening and night shift time codes remain the same. UBC Payroll is arranging for weekend hours worked since the Collective Bargaining Agreement was ratified in June to be paid their premium retroactively. If you have any questions, please contact Building Operations Payroll or call 604.822.0499.

IONA Building now part of the EAOS data collection project

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The Food, Nutrition and Health Building Pilot is on schedule to be completed by the end of January. With the guidance of the ‘lessons learned’ from FNH, the Iona building has been added to the project to better reflect how the team will continue with the collection process.

The roles of our Asset Data Managers, Jeff Smith and Bill Guest, has been extended until the end of March to ensure we have everything we need to create a good plan.

Don’t forget to check out the EAOS poster along the USB hallway and learn more on the activities to date.

Preparing for an earthquake

Knowing what to do before, during, and after an earthquake can help keep you, your family, and your colleagues safe.

Before an earthquake

  • Develop an individual and family emergency plan (e.g., how to turn off electricity, water and, if required, natural gas)
  • Create an individual and family emergency kit, including one for the domestic pets
  • Ensure immunizations are current for all family members

During an earthquake

  • Drop under solid furniture
  • Cover your head and torso to prevent being hit by falling objects
  • Hold on to the object you’re under so that you remain covered. Stay in place for 60 seconds after the shaking has stopped. If you can’t get under a solid piece of furniture, crouch against an interior wall and protect your head and neck with your arms.

Visit the RMS website to learn more.

Your input is critical: Participate in the Presidential Search Town Hall

A town hall will be held on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, from 11:45 am to 1:00 pm, in the Jack Poole Ballroom at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre to get your input on the presidential position profile. Once finalized in early February, the presidential position profile will be made public.

The Presidential Search Committee invites you to submit your views and advice on the following:

  • Required leadership attributes, values, professional qualifications, and experience of candidates
  • Priorities, opportunities, and challenges facing the university over the next five to ten years.

The search committee looks forward to seeing you at the town hall meeting.  Should you be unable to attend, please feel free to email your written comments or via the website.

Quick Updates

Reminder: Registration Deadline for Annual Respirator Fit Testing is January 8

Joining UBC: Matthew Holm, Liberty Arnaldo, George Nodar, Untung Handjatmeko, Jerry Eclipse, Liza Montajes

NPS score decreased 1 point to 84%.