Laboratory Policies

Priorities for Laboratory Staff

The Occupational and Environmental Health Laboratory has three main areas of responsibility: teaching; research; and service. Activities within these three areas are prioritized as follows, from highest to lowest priority [bold indicates essential activities]:

    Teaching (Fall term starting October and Spring term)

    • Standard commitments every year: SPPH 562, SPPH 563, MECH 505
    • Individual student projects with varying commitments every year: SPPH 535, SPPH 566, SPPH 598
    Research (primarily May to October)

    • OEH faculty and their student research
    • Other UBC research
    • Other external research (no SOEH co-investigators)
    • Lab research
    Service (primarily May to October)

    • Service to UBC (e.g. Health Safety and Environment)
    • Service to government (e.g. Mof E contract)
    • Service to private business

Laboratory Fees

All research and service activities are on a fee-for-service basis with

  • an internal fee schedule for Occupational and Environmental Health faculty and student research activities (50% under regular laboratory rates),
  • an intermediate fee schedule for other UBC research and service activities (25% under regular laboratory rates), and
  • an external fee schedule for other external research and service activities (non-SPPH co-investigators, non UBC investigators, government, and private business) (regular laboratory rates).

Research Equipment

If equipment is purchased with grant money but is to be operated and/or managed by the Laboratory during the grant, the grant holder must develop an equipment management plan with the Lab Manager. This includes detailed access requirements for the project and identifies specific limitations on its use by others, prior to transfer of the equipment to the lab.

Any research equipment that is operated or managed by the Laboratory during a research grant will be used and assigned by the Laboratory as the Laboratory Manager sees fit, after complying with the terms of any agreement with the grant holder, as described above.

After the grant is completed, any research equipment that was managed and operated by the Lab will remain the Lab’s responsibility.