Presentations and Activities
Do you know how and when to use a portable fire extinguisher? Join our interactive session about the ABC of Portable Fire Extinguishers and then try your hand at using an extinguisher on a fire simulator.
Wednesday, September 19 (Downtown Campus); 9:00-9:45
What to do in the event of an active shooter situation on campus including a 15 minute video entitled “Shots Fired on Campus when Lightning Strikes”. An active shooter situation arises when one or more persons participate in a random or systematic action demonstrating their intent to harm others. The culprit(s) may use firearms, explosives, knives, etc. to effect mass murder rather than engage in other criminal contact.
Tuesday, September 18 (Macdonald Campus); 9:00-10:30
Wednesday, September 19 (Downtown Campus); 10:00-11:30
A sobering discussion of the whys and wherefores of the health and safety situation in agriculture. A few laughs will also be included, but not of the slapstick kind.
Tuesday, September 18 (Macdonald Campus); 1:30-2:15
Every year, McGill Security Services organizes a Community BBQ to encourage the McGill community to mingle with the many external entities which collaborate with us to create a safe and secure environment to study, work, and have fun!
However, you'll need a coupon for the BBQ. Coupons will be distributed to visitors and participants during Safety Week.
Friday, September 21 (Downtown Campus); 12:00-1:30
September 1, 1972 was the date of one of Montreal’s most notorious crimes, when 37 young people were killed and 200 injured in an arson fire on nearby Union Street. This year, a full forty years later, the City finally erected a memorial in Phillip’s Square during a gathering attended by many of the survivors of that fire as well as family members of the victims. This presentation is an opportunity to hear a story that must be told and to have the chance to meet in person some of the people who were there at the time and lived through this terrible disaster.
Thursday, September 20 (Downtown Campus); 11:00-11:30
Back in the old days there were travelling Medicine Shows that would visit towns and try and persuade their audiences to buy their miracle elixirs (or snake oils) that were supposed to remedy everyone’s ailments. Today the snake oil salesman is still alive and well, but instead of frequenting carnivals and town squares, he now promotes his products on the Internet. Come and hear Dr. Joe Schwarcz talk about the modern day snake oil salesman and debunk some of the wild claims being made about their benefits.
Wednesday, September 19 (Downtown Campus); 18:00-19:00
If you are a clown and need to sit at your work station for long hours, this presentation is for you. An ergonomics expert trains our resident office clown how to properly set up a computer work station.
Tuesday, September 18 (Macdonald Campus); 12:00-12:30
Thursday, September 20 (Downtown Campus); 12:30-1:00
Come explore the world of hazardous chemical products that surround you at home, their different properties, incompatibilities as well as regulations on transport of dangerous material in a passenger vehicle.
Wednesday, September 19 (Downtown Campus); 1:30-2:00
Experience what it is like to evacuate in a fire situation, come try the Fire Department’s fire simulator!
Tuesday, September 18 (Macdonald Campus); 9:00-3:00
Thursday, September 20 (Downtown Campus); 9:00-3:00
Despite many thousands of reactor-years of safe operating experience around the world, a single event, triggered by one of the largest earthquakes eve recorded, is causing many nations to suddenly back away from nuclear power. Why? What went wrong at the Fukushima plant?
What could have been done to prevent it?
What are the likely long-term consequences?
Could it happen in Canada?
When it comes to "lessons learned", we have to be clear about what we are asking as there are many, very different ways to ask the question:
What lessons should be learned?
What lessons can be learned?
What lessons will be learned?
Unfortunately, in an environment in which the German Green Party would rather shut down non-polluting nuclear power stations and generate electricity by burning bituminous coal, it is far from clear that any useful lessons will be learned.
Thursday, September 20 (Downtown Campus); 12:00-12:30
Ever wonder what happens to all the hazardous waste generated from both McGill campuses? Over the past several years, more and more substances are considered hazardous. In addition to processing all the chemical, biomedical and radioactive waste, our facility now handles more and more of the “new hazardous waste.” Batteries, electronics, and fluorescent lights, to name a few, are all items which no longer can be tossed in the garbage. Come and meet our staff and discover our facility to see how much of a difference one small department can make with improving McGill’s sustainable prevention.
Monday, September 17 (Downtown Campus); 12:00-3:00, tours every half an hour
Room 129, McIntyre Medical Building, 3655 Pr. Sir William Osler
Test your McGill safety knowledge with this fun interactive game modeled after the popular television game show. Tons of fascinating categories such as radiation, personal safety, workplace protection, laboratory safety, occupational health and much more. Do you think you have what it takes to win? Well, come on down!
Wednesday, September 19 (Downtown Campus); 12:00-1:00
Thursday, September 20 (Downtown Campus); 2:00-3:00
The best protection against online identity theft is prevention. In this session, you will be introduced to two online threats whose primary goal is to steal your personal information: phishing and malware. We will discuss how you can protect your personal information and respond to identity theft, with tips on how to help minimize your risk and what to do if you have become a victim.
Tuesday, September 18 (Macdonald Campus); 12:30-1:30
Wednesday, September 19 (Downtown Campus); 2:30-3:30
For women only. The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive course for women that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training.
Thursday, September 20 (Downtown Campus); 1:00-2:00
Inspired by firefighter competitions, this contest will not only test participant's physical abilities in an obstacle race through the lower-east field downtown. Participants will also need to demonstrate their knowledge of environmental health and safety, security, and emergency preparedness. Come, compete, and win prizes!
Friday, September 21 (Downtown Campus); 9:00-11:00
We buy phosphate-free detergent, use low-energy florescent light bulbs, and eat organic food to live a more sustainable lifestyle. But how can we improve the sustainability at the workplace? Come learn about what is being done to decrease the amount of hazardous waste produced by the McGill community. Bring your own ideas too!
Wednesday, September 19 (Downtown Campus); 2:00-2:30
Tips and tricks to prevent your belongings from being stolen.
Wednesday, September 19 (Downtown Campus); 1:00-1:30
Join experts and learn how to use a defibrillator (also known as AED, or Automated External Defibrillator). There are over 48 AED's across campus.
Tuesday, September 18 (Macdonald Campus); 9:00-12:00
Wednesday, September 19 (Downtown Campus); 1:00-3:30