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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

What do I do in the event of an emergency

We are committed to providing the safest possible environment for our campus community. In the event of an emergency, we have collaborated with our campus partner to create a comprehensive emergency management program on campus.

The Emergency Management Plan provides guidance and direction for all aspects of emergency management on or near our campus locations including:

  • mitigation
  • prevention
  • preparedness
  • response
  • continuity and recovery activities

Posters with key emergency information are located on the walls of hallways, classrooms, and offices.

How will I receive notification of an emergency?

We communicate through several different channels including the Alertus Notification System, Alertus beacons, digital signage and social media. Learn more.

Where do I go in the event of an emergency?

If necessary, an emergency notification will tell you to go to your closest designated safety zone. Visit the campus map for locations.

What do I do in the event of an emergency?

  • Active threat

    Active threat refers to any individual who poses a violent threat to the safety and security of the campus community. Campus Safety and the Emergency Management Response Team will use either a lockdown or secure and hold to deal with these situations.

    Active threat within a building

    If an attacker is in the same building as you:

    • Determine if the door of the classroom or office you are in can be locked or barricaded. If so, secure the door.
    • If the door cannot be secured, determine if you can safely move to a classroom or office that can be secured.
    • If you are near an exit, and it is safe, exit the building. Once outside, do not re-enter the building. Gather at a safe distance off campus.
    • If you have successfully secured yourself, if possible, cover all windows that may allow sight into the classroom or office.
    • Account for everyone in the room. Turn the lights off and lie on the floor.
    • Do your best to familiarize yourself with your surroundings—try to find out where the safest exit is, and any other avenues you may use to seek help.
    • If possible, contact Campus Security:
      • 905.721.3211 (mobile phone)
      • Ext. 2400 (Dial 2400 on any campus phone)

     Active threat within a classroom

    Take the following steps if an active threat enters a classroom or office:

    • Immediately notify Campus Security:
      • 905.721.3211 (mobile phone)
      • Ext. 2400 (Dial 2400 on any campus phone)
    • If you are confronted and unable to speak, do not hang up the phone unless ordered to do so by the attacker.
    • If you are unable to safely escape or hide, you may be able to negotiate with the attacker. Consider the following techniques:
      • Remain calm, sound confident, and do not raise the tone of your voice.
      • Do not respond defensively.
      • Do not touch the person.
      • Do not invade their personal space (three to six feet).
      • Do not challenge the attacker.
      • Do not accept a weapon if offered, instead ask that it be laid down.

    Note: Engaging in physical confrontation is always a last resort and should only be considered after all options have failed.

    In the event of an on-campus injury

    It is important that you report your injury.

    Students:

    Report your injury to the university’s Health and Safety Office at healthandsafety@ontariotechu.ca.

    Faculty and staff:

    Report your injury to your immediate supervisor. Once you’ve done this, you or your supervisor must fill out an Accident/Incident Report Form.

     

  • Bomb threat

    Bomb threats are a breach of the Criminal Code. The disruption caused by hoaxes creates great concern and angst in those involved. In addition, hoaxes cause disruption of services provided by Durham Regional Police Service, fire and emergency medical services, and place others in the community at risk.

    Dealing with such threats must be tempered with the need to protect all members of the college and university community, and the need to maintain normal day-to-day academic activities.

    The Office of Campus Safety and Emergency Management Response Team will provide leadership in dealing with any bomb threat.

    If the bomb threat is received by phone:

    • Stay calm and speak to the caller with a pleasant tone.
    • Demonstrate that you are willing to co-operate by listening to what the caller has to say.
    • Listen and remain calm.
    • Do not interrupt or upset the caller.
    • Ask the caller if there is anything you can do to help.
    • Ask the following questions:
      • Where is the bomb?
      • When is it going to go off?
      • What kind of bomb is it?
      • What does it look like?
    • Obtain and record information.
    • Record the phone number and the time the call was received (if possible).
    • At the termination of the call, activate ‘call trace’ by dialing * 57.
    • If possible, have someone call Campus Security:
      • 905.721.3211 (mobile phone)
      • Ext. 2400 (Dial 2400 on any campus phone)
    • If possible, get a co-worker or student to call emergency personnel while you continue talking to the caller.

    If the bomb threat is received by note, voicemail or email:

    • Do not handle the note.
    • Do not delete the email.
    • Save the note, email, voicemail.
    • Notify Campus Security:
      • 905.721.3211 (mobile phone)
      • Ext. 2400 (Dial 2400 on any campus phone)

    If a person receives the bomb threat:

    • Remain calm, comply with person’s demands.
    • Do not antagonize the person.
    • Develop a good description of the person.
    • If possible, notify Campus Security at:
      • 905.721.3211 (mobile phone)
      • Ext. 2400 (Dial 2400 on any campus phone)

    If you see a suspicious package:

    • Do not touch the package.
    • Clear the immediate area.
    • Do not use portable radios or mobile phones.
    • Notify Campus Security at:
      • 905.721.3211 (mobile phone)
      • Ext. 2400 (Dial 2400 on any campus phone)

    In the event of an on-campus injury

    It is important that you report your injury.

    Students:

    Report your injury to the university’s Health and Safety Office at healthandsafety@ontariotechu.ca.

    Faculty and staff:

    Report your injury to your immediate supervisor. Once you’ve done this, you or your supervisor must fill out an Accident/Incident Report Form.

     

  • Building failure

    Power outage refers to a loss of power to a room, building or an entire campus, which impacts the university’s day-to-day operations or poses a threat to the health, safety or security of those affected.

    Elevator failure refers to any elevator that is not functioning to its regulated standard, and therefore poses a threat to the health, safety or security of its passengers.

    Watermain break refers to any damage to a water main that causes flooding, or otherwise poses a threat to the well-being of those on campus.

    In the event of a power outage:

    • During regular business hours, immediately notify Facilities:
      • Ext. 3333 (campus phone)
      • 905.721.3333 (mobile phone)
    • After business hours, notify Campus Security:
      • 905.721.3211 (mobile phone)
      • Ext. 2400 (Dial 2400 on any campus phone)
    • If phones are not available, go to the Security Desk in the Gordon Willey Building.
    • Turn off all light switches.
    • Set all equipment and appliance switches to the off position. This protects against kicking out the circuit breakers, blowing fuses, or damaging equipment when the full surge or current resumes as the power comes back on.
    • Take measures to protect your equipment or experiments. Remember that air operated controls and water pressure may be affected.
    • Extinguish all flames in laboratory settings.
    • Increase ventilation by opening windows. If the failure lasts more than a few minutes, it will be necessary to evacuate individuals from darkened areas (restroom, stairwells or other areas with no windows or natural lighting).
    • Report all individuals trapped in elevators to Campus Security:
      • 905.721.3211 (mobile phone)
      • Ext. 2400 (Dial 2400 on any campus phone)
    • Any decision to evacuate will be made after careful consideration by the Emergency Management Response Team.
    • If it becomes necessary to evacuate the premises during a blackout, be sure to protect all valuables and make sure that all equipment is safe when the power comes back on.
    • When there is a power failure, do not use the elevator.

    In the event of an on-campus injury

    It is important that you report your injury.

    Students:

    Report your injury to the university’s Health and Safety Office at healthandsafety@ontariotechu.ca.

    Faculty and staff:

    Report your injury to your immediate supervisor. Once you’ve done this, you or your supervisor must fill out an Accident/Incident Report Form.

  • Domestic violence

    Domestic violence (or intimate partner violence) occurs when a person uses physical violence, coercion, threats, intimidation, stalking, emotional, sexual or economic abuse to control his or her current or former partner (married, dating, living together or have a child in common).

    Students, staff, faculty or visitors who are affected by domestic violence and fear that a current or former intimate partner, who may be on campus or may come to campus, may pose a risk to themselves or anyone on campus, must report this concern to Campus Security:

      • 905.721.3211 (mobile phone)
      • Ext. 2400 (Dial 2400 on any campus phone)

    If an individual discloses being a victim/target of domestic violence:

    • Let them know that you are concerned and that you will support their needs for safety, necessary accommodation and referrals to appropriate resources.
    • Respect confidentiality, telling only those who need to know (i.e. Campus Security and the Office of Campus Safety). In the case of a threat of violence on campus, you are obliged to report to Campus Security:
      • 905.721.3211 (mobile phone)
      • Ext. 2400 (Dial 2400 on any campus phone)
    • Individuals with restraining orders are strongly encouraged to provide the Office of Campus Safety with a copy of the order.
    • If an individual discloses committing domestic violence, the staff/faculty should inform the individual that the university does not tolerate violence in any form. Be clear that the individual will be disciplined if the violence takes place anywhere on campus.
  • Earthquakes

    In the event of an earthquake:

    • Drop under heavy furniture such as a table or desk.
    • Cover your head and torso to protect yourself from falling objects.
    • Hold onto the object that you are under to maintain cover.
    • If you cannot get under something strong, crouch against an interior wall.

    After an earthquake:

    • Do not exit the building until it is safe to do so.
    • If there are any damage or injuries, contact Campus Safety:
      • 905.721.3211 (mobile phone)
      • Ext. 2400 (Dial 2400 on any campus phone)
    • Do not use elevators.
    • Stay calm and use common sense.
    • Co-operate with emergency personnel.

     

    Public address announcement

    In the past, the campus have experienced small earthquakes that last for a short period of time and are not significant enough to cause personal injury or structural damage to the buildings. In the event of small earthquakes, Campus Security will communicate that an earthquake has been reported on campus using the public address announcement:

    “The campus has experienced an earthquake. Remain in place and continue with normal activities unless directed otherwise. Campus Security and facilities personnel will immediately assess for damage. Should any further action be necessary a second announcement will be made.”

    In the event of an on-campus injury

    It is important that you report your injury.

    Students:

    Report your injury to the university’s Health and Safety Office at healthandsafety@ontariotechu.ca.

    Faculty and staff:

    Report your injury to your immediate supervisor. Once you’ve done this, you or your supervisor must fill out an Accident/Incident Report Form.

  • Evacuations

    Total evacuation refers to the orderly and safe evacuation of one or several buildings, or the entire campus.

    Partial evacuation refers to a controlled, orderly and safe evacuation of a room, floor, section or area of a building on a campus.

    If a total or partial evacuation is required:

    • Follow the direction of Campus Security; the Manager of Public Safety and Security; Emergency Management Response Team (EMRT) members; fire wardens or emergency services personnel (if they are on scene).
    • If the above individuals are unavailable, follow the fire safety plan instructions posted within buildings, evacuate safely, assemble in a safe and secure area and await direction from Campus Security.
    • If available, assist staff in the safe and orderly evacuation of students and visitors as directed by Campus Security, the Manager of Public Safety and Security, EMRT members or emergency services personnel.
    • Identify and assist any individuals with a disability according to their individual evacuation plans.

    Activation - Partial evacuation

    Upon the decision to proceed with a partial evacuation, the EMRT, Director of Campus Safety or designate will contact those external resources determined to be required to initiate the evacuation plan.

    Activation - Total evacuation

    Upon the decision to proceed with a total evacuation, the EMRT, Director of Campus Safety or designate will contact Durham Regional Police Service, Durham Regional Transit, and GO Transit to engage the evacuation plan.

    Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS)

    DRPS will respond and attend designated traffic locations to ensure the orderly, safe and movement of vehicular traffic.

    Durham Region Transit/Go Transit

    During a total evacuation, buses will not enter the campus. Buses will be diverted to a Public Transit Staging area (e.g., Simcoe Street and Conlin Ave).

    Public Transit Staging

    The Public Transit Staging area will be situated on Founders Drive near the Campus Ice and Tennis Centre.

    Pedestrian/Public Transit

    Pedestrians will be directed to the Public Transit Staging Area.

    The safest area will be selected and communicated when the evacuation plan is activated.

    In the event of an on-campus injury

    It is important that you report your injury.

    Students:

    Report your injury to the university’s Health and Safety Office at healthandsafety@ontariotechu.ca.

    Faculty and staff:

    Report your injury to your immediate supervisor. Once you’ve done this, you or your supervisor must fill out an Accident/Incident Report Form.

  • Explosion or downed aircraft

    The north Oshawa campus location is near the Oshawa Airport, making an emergency plan and procedure for a downed aircraft and explosion imperative, even if the incident rate is low.

    In the event of an explosion or downed aircraft:

    • Immediately take cover under tables, desks and other objects, which will give protection from falling debris.
    • After the effects of the explosion and/or fire has subsided, contact Campus Security. Provide your name and describe the location and nature of the emergency. Campus Security will notify the Fire Department and any other necessary authorities.
    • contact Campus Safety:
      • 905.721.3211 (mobile phone)
      • Ext. 2400 (Dial 2400 on any campus phone)
    • If necessary, or when directed to do so, activate the fire alarm.
    • When the fire alarm is sounded, evacuate the building in accordance with the fire plan for your location.
    • Assist any disabled persons in exiting the building or going to designated safety zones. In the event of a fire, do not use elevators.
    • Once outside, move to a clear area that is a safe distance from the affected crash zone. Keep roads and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and crews.
    • If requested, assist emergency crews, as necessary.
    • Do not return to an evacuated building unless told to do so by a university official.

     

    In the event of an on-campus injury

    It is important that you report your injury.

    Students:

    Report your injury to the university’s Health and Safety Office at healthandsafety@ontariotechu.ca.

    Faculty and staff:

    Report your injury to your immediate supervisor. Once you’ve done this, you or your supervisor must fill out an Accident/Incident Report Form.
  • Fire and fire alarms

    University buildings utilize two- or single-stage alarm systems, but there are some satellite locations that must adhere to the fire alarm and evacuation policies of their respective buildings. All buildings that utilize either a two- or single stage alarm are listed under the building reference section below. If the building you are in is not listed, it is because it is regulated by an external policy.

    Upon discovery of a fire (REACT):

    Remove all occupants.

    Enclose the area you are leaving.

    Activate the fire alarm.

    Call Campus Security to report the fire

      • 905.721.3211 (mobile phone)
      • Ext. 2400 (Dial 2400 on any campus phone)

    Take the stairs.

    Fire wardens are trained staff members who will be available to help with following this procedure.

    Two-stage Alarms:

    The university uses a two-stage alarm system in most buildings (north Oshawa and downtown), though some exceptions do apply. For a more detailed list of the alarm system for each building, see the Building Reference section below.

    Stage 1:

    The Alert Signal–one pulse every two seconds.

    When you hear the fire alarm, take three seconds to measure the number of pulses, so you can be sure what alarm type you are experiencing.

    When you hear the alert signal:

    • Evacuation is not required during Stage 1.
    • If you hear the Alert Signal, stay calm, remain where you are, prepare to leave the building if instructed to do so.

    Stage 2:

    The Evacuation Signal—one pulse every second. When you hear the evacuation signal:

    • Evacuation is required during Stage 2.
    • Assist those with physical disabilities in evacuating or going to a designated safety zone (see below).
    • Close doors behind you.
    • Do not use the elevators.
    • Exit the building through the nearest safe exit.
    • Follow directions from the fire warden or Campus Security.
    • Move a safe distance away once outside.
    • Wait for clearance from the appropriate authorities before re-entering the building.

    Single-stage alarms: 

    For a more detailed list of buildings with the single-alarm system, see the building reference section below.

    When you hear the fire alarm:

    • Evacuation is required.
    • Assist disabled persons in evacuating or moving to a designated safety zone, located near stairwells.
    • Close doors behind you.
    • Do not use the elevators.
    • Exit the building through the nearest safe exit.
    • Follow directions from the fire warden or Campus Security.
    • Move a safe distance away once outside.
    • Wait for clearance from the appropriate authorities before re-entering the building.

    If you cannot evacuate:

    • If safe to do so, go to a designated safety zone located by all stairwells.
    • If you cannot get to a designated safety area, stay low to the floor and close the door.
    • Always check doors for heat before opening.
    • Call Campus Security:
      • 905.721.3211 (mobile phone)
      • Ext. 2400 (Dial 2400 on any campus phone)

    Persons with physical disabilities

    Move towards the designated safety zone (they are located near all major stairwells, and are marked with a red sign or carpet) and permit others to evacuate down stairwells. If the individual has an assistant, the assistant must advise the fire warden, Campus Security or the fire department of the person’s location and stairwell number.

    If the individual is unescorted, they should remain in the designated safety zone and await the arrival of a fire warden. Persons with physical disabilities should not enter the stairwell unless it is necessary (fire or smoke is near the location).

    The elevator should never be used during a fire alarm.

    In the event of an on-campus injury

    It is important that you report your injury.

    Students:

    Report your injury to the university’s Health and Safety Office at healthandsafety@ontariotechu.ca.

    Faculty and staff:

    Report your injury to your immediate supervisor. Once you’ve done this, you or your supervisor must fill out an Accident/Incident Report Form.

    Building reference

    Buildings with two-stage alarms:

    • ACE
    • Business and Information Technology Building
    • Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre
    • Energy Research Centre Building
    • Gordon Willey Building
    • North Oshawa Library
    • OPG Engineering Building
    • Science Building
    • South Village Residence

    Buildings with single-stage alarms:

    • Bordessa Hall
    • Campus Corners
    • Charles Hall
    • Clean Energy Research Lab
    • Crime Scene House
    • Pavilion
    • Regent Theatre

     

  • Gas leak

    When a natural gas odour/leak is detected, take the following action:

    • Cease all operations.
    • Do not switch the lights on or off, or operate other electrical equipment—switching electrical equipment can trigger an explosion.
    • Warn others in the immediate area.
    • Evacuate the immediate area unless instructed otherwise by Campus Security or Facilities.
    • Immediately notify Facilities:
      • 905.721.3211 (mobile phone)
      • Ext. 3333 (Dial 3333 on any campus phone)
    • After hours contact Campus Security:
      • 905.721.3211 (mobile phone)
      • Ext. 2400 (Dial 2400 on any campus phone)

     

    In the event of an on-campus injury

    It is important that you report your injury.

    Students:

    Report your injury to the university’s Health and Safety Office at healthandsafety@ontariotechu.ca.

    Faculty and staff:

    Report your injury to your immediate supervisor. Once you’ve done this, you or your supervisor must fill out an Accident/Incident Report Form.

     

  • Hostage situation

    If you become aware of a hostage situation:

    • If you believe that it is safe, exit the building immediately and move far away from the building, in a direction away from the hostage-taker.
    • Notify anyone you may encounter as you go, to exit the building immediately.
    • Assist persons with disabilities in exiting the area.
    • Notify Campus Security:
      • 905.721.3211 (mobile phone)
      • Ext. 2400 (Dial 2400 on any campus phone)

    If you are directly involved in the incident and exiting the building is not possible, the following actions are recommended:

    • Go to the nearest room or office, close and secure the door and/or barricade the door if possible.
    • Cover any glass panel in the door and windows if possible.
    • Go to the farthest point away from the door or windows.
    • Keep quiet and act as if no one is in the room, stay close to the floor.
    • Do not respond to requests to open the door until and unless you are sure that it is Durham Regional Police Service outside.
    • Notify Campus Security:
      • 905.721.3211 (mobile phone)
      • Ext. 2400 (Dial 2400 on any campus phone)
    • Provide Campus Security with the following information:
      • Your name.
      • Location of incident (be specific as possible).
      • Identification and or description of the hostage-taker(s).
      • Number of people who may be involved.
      • Your present location.
      • Wait for Durham Regional Police Service or Campus Security to assist you out of the building (which may include raising your arms demonstrating that you have no objects in your hands).

    If you are unable to safely escape or hide, you may be able to negotiate with the hostage-taker. Consider the following:

    • Be patient, remain calm. The initial period, 30 to 45 minutes, is the most dangerous. Remember the hostage-taker may be emotionally unstable.
    • Call 911 and Campus Security. Do not hang up the phone unless ordered to do so by the hostage-taker.
      • 911 (mobile phone)
      • Dial 9 and then 911 (campus phone)

    Campus Security:

      • 905.721.3211 (mobile phone)
      • Ext. 2400 (Dial 2400 on any campus phone)
    • Do not speak unless spoken to and then only when necessary. Remain calm, sound confident, do not raise the tone of your voice, and do not talk down to the hostage-taker.
    • Attempt to establish a rapport—use first names to humanize both you and the others.
    • Do not invade the hostage-taker’s personal space.
    • Do not touch or challenge the hostage-taker.
    • Do not accept the weapon if offered, ask that it be laid down.
    • Be observant—your personal safety and the safety of others may depend on your memory.
    • Be prepared to answer the police on the phone. If medications, first aid, or restroom privileges are needed by anyone, say so.

     

    In the event of an on-campus injury

    It is important that you report your injury.

    Students:

    Report your injury to the university’s Health and Safety Office at healthandsafety@ontariotechu.ca.

    Faculty and staff:

    Report your injury to your immediate supervisor. Once you’ve done this, you or your supervisor must fill out an Accident/Incident Report Form.

  • Inclement weather

    Extreme heat

    In the event of extreme heat, consider the following:

    • If possible, avoid strenuous outdoor activities and limit your exposure to the sun.
    • If outside, apply sunscreen uniformly to cover all exposed areas for 15 minutes before exposure.
    • Sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours.
    • Remain hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
    • Wear a hat to protect the top of your head and face.
    • Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight and light-coloured clothes that cover as much of your body as possible.
    • Consider rescheduling outdoor events for cooler times of the day.

    Call Campus Security immediately if you or a victim is experiencing the following heat-related symptoms or conditions.

    Campus Security:

      • 905.721.3211 (mobile phone)
      • Ext. 2400 (campus phone)

    Heat-related symptoms or conditions:

    • dizziness
    • fainting
    • headaches
    • heat cramps
    • heat exhaustion
    • heat stroke
    • nausea
    • paleness
    • weakness
    • vomiting

     

    Extreme cold

    In the event of extreme cold, consider the following:

    • Stay indoors as much as possible.
    • Pay attention to reports from local media outlets for information on weather and emergencies.

    Dress appropriately when heading outdoors:

    • Wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing.
    • Cover your head as most body heat is lost through the top of the head.
    • Cover your mouth to protect your lungs.
    • Watch for signs of frostbite—loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes and the tip of the nose.
    • Watch for signs of hypothermia—uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness and apparent exhaustion. (If symptoms of hypothermia are detected, get the victim to a warm location and remove any wet clothing. If conscious, warm the centre of the body first by giving warm, non-alcoholic beverages. Seek medical help as soon as possible.).
    • If signs of frostbite or hypothermia are present while on campus, contact Campus Security. They will dispatch the Campus Emergency Response Team (CERT) and the appropriate authorities.
      • 905.721.3211 (mobile phone)
      • Ext. 2400 (Dial 2400 on any campus phone)

     

    Winter storms

    Driving during the winter season:

    • Avoid travelling alone, and try to keep others informed of your travel schedule and whereabouts.
    • If possible, stay on the main roads. The busiest roads are typically first to be treated by snow removal crews.
    • Before the winter season begins, it is good practice to ensure your vehicle is sufficiently prepared for the impending winter conditions, which includes:
      • Checking your battery, ignition system, lights, thermostat, brakes, heating system, exhaust, defroster and oil levels.
      • Ensuring you have sufficient antifreeze and windshield washer fluid.
      • Ensuring that your vehicle’s gas tank is consistently full.
      • Using snow tires during the winter to improve traction.
      • Carrying a basic vehicle emergency kit in the trunk of your vehicle.

    On campus

    Anyone who finds themselves stranded on campus should remain inside until the storm subsides, and inform Campus Security of their location.

    Campus Security:

      • 905.721.3211 (mobile phone)
      • Ext. 2400 (campus phone)

    Thunderstorm

    In the event of a thunderstorm:

    • Find a safe shelter; avoid being outdoors.
      • Do not use a tree as shelter.
    • If you are unable to find a safe shelter, and are trapped outdoors, lie in a ditch or any low-lying area with few trees, or crouch near a strong building for shelter.
    • Avoid showering or bathing, as plumbing conducts electricity.
    • Postpone, cancel or relocate outdoor activities.
    • Avoid standing near windows, as glass can be quite dangerous when experiencing extreme winds.
    • Use a corded phone only if you or someone around you requires emergency assistance, a mobile phone is much safer to use.
    • Avoid natural lightning rods, like tall trees or other tall objects in open areas.
    • Avoid hilltops, open areas, or waterfronts.
    • Do not use metal objects like golf clubs, motorcycles, bicycles, etc.

    Flooding

    In the event of a flood:

    • Do not walk through floodwater—it could be electrically charged or contaminated.
    • If safe to do so, inform Campus Security of the affected area:
      • 905.721.3211 (mobile phone)
      • Ext. 2400 (campus phone)
    • Shut off power to affected area, if possible and safe to do so.
    • Move all hazardous materials and vulnerable equipment to the above anticipated water line.
    • Never cross a flooded area:
      • If you are on foot, fast water could sweep you away.
      • If you are in a car, do not drive through flood waters or underpasses—the water may be deeper than it looks and your car could get stuck or swept away by fast water.

    Tornadoes

    If a tornado strikes, and you are indoors:

    • Remain calm and do not leave the building.
    • Do not use the elevators.
    • If possible, move to the closest small interior room.
    • Take cover immediately.
    • Stay away from exterior walls, windows, doors or any other objects that could become projectiles.
    • Find a sturdy piece of furniture such as a heavy table or desk to use as cover, if possible.
    • Use your hands to cover your head to avoid severe injury.
    • Remain in one area until the storm has passed.
    • Once the storm has passed, if there are any damage or injuries, contact Campus Security:
      • 905.721.3211 (mobile phone)
      • Ext. 2400 (campus phone)

    If a tornado strikes, and you are outdoors:

    • Do not try to outrun or out drive a tornado.
    • Seek a safe structure to hide under, if possible.
    • If you are unable to seek shelter, search for a low area such as a ditch or depression away from vehicles or other light structures.
    • Lie low and use your hands to cover your head to avoid severe injury.
    • Remain calm.
    • Once the storm has passed, if there is any damage or injuries, contact Campus Security:
      • 905.721.3211 (mobile phone)
      • Ext. 2400 (campus phone)

     

    In the event of an on-campus injury

    It is important that you report your injury.

    Students:

    Report your injury to the university’s Health and Safety Office at healthandsafety@ontariotechu.ca.

    Faculty and staff:

    Report your injury to your immediate supervisor. Once you’ve done this, you or your supervisor must fill out an Accident/Incident Report Form.

  • Lockdown

    Lockdown is an emergency procedure intended to secure and protect occupants who are at risk from an immediate violent threat. By controlling entry and exit, and movement within a facility, emergency personnel are better able to contain and handle any threats. It is essential for the safety of occupants and emergency responders that individuals always comply with instructions provided by emergency personnel. A lockdown is initiated when an active threat is reported and will only be called after thoughtful consideration by a member of the Office of Campus Safety, Emergency Management Response Team or the President. The announcement will be communicated over the Public Address system and Alertus platform. When a lockdown is initiated and you are:

    In a classroom, office or room:

    • Close, lock or barricade the door.
    • Cover all window openings.
    • Account for everyone in the classroom or office.
    • Shut off all audio/visual equipment and turn off the lights.
    • Lie on the floor away from windows and doors.
    • Contact Campus Security and provide your location and pertinent information.
      • 905.721.3211 (mobile phone)
      • Ext. 2400 (Dial 2400 on any campus phone)
    • Do not permit entry into any room once the door has been secured.
    • Do not open the door, even if the identity of the person seeking entry is known to you, unless by prearranged code or unless directed by Campus Security, Durham Regional Police Service or the Manager of Public Safety and Security. (It may be a hostage situation and the attacker is trying to get you to open the door or leave your place of safety.).

     

    In an open area or washroom:

    • If you are near an exit, and it is safe, exit the building. Once outside, do not re-enter the building. Gather at a safe distance off campus.
    • If you cannot exit safely, go to the nearest room and follow the actions listed above.
    • Account for everyone in your area.
    • Lie on the ground, remain quiet and calm.
    • Follow the directions given by Campus Security and Durham Regional Police Service.

     

    Actions to avoid during a lockdown:

    • Do not open the door once it has been secured until you are officially advised "all clear" or are certain it is emergency response personnel at the door.
    • Do not use or hide in the washrooms.
    • Do not travel down long corridors.
    • Do not assemble in large open areas (e.g. cafeterias).
    • Do not call 911 unless you have immediate concern for your safety, the safety of others, or feel you have critical information that will assist emergency personnel in the response.

     

    If the fire alarm sounds during a lockdown:

    • Assess your area for signs of fire.
    • If no signs of fire, remain in lockdown.
    • If signs of fire, evacuate if safe to do so.
    • If you choose to evacuate, use the safest exit.

     

    Following the lockdown:

    • Co-operate with emergency personnel to assist in the orderly evacuation.
    • Durham Regional Police Service may require individuals to remain available for questioning following the lockdown
    • Office of Campus Safety staff and/or Security Officers may be present as you exit the building to provide additional information

     

    In the event of an on-campus injury

    It is important that you report your injury.

    Students:

    Report your injury to the university’s Health and Safety Office at healthandsafety@ontariotechu.ca.

    Faculty and staff:

    Report your injury to your immediate supervisor. Once you’ve done this, you or your supervisor must fill out an Accident/Incident Report Form.

     

  • Medical emergency

    If you or someone else requires medical attention:

    • Call Campus Security:
      • 905.721.3211 (mobile phone)
      • Ext. 2400 (Dial 2400 on any campus phone)
    • Stay calm.
    • Identify any dangers and safeguard the scene (For example, if someone has fallen in the parking lot, ask bystanders to wave any approaching vehicles away).
    • Describe the event and condition using as many details as possible.
    • Campus Security will dispatch the Campus Emergency Response Team (CERT) and the appropriate emergency responders to your location.
    • Perform first aid only if you are trained to do so.
    • Remain with the individual until help arrives.
    • Do not move the injured person unless their life is endangered by staying in the current location.
    • Assist emergency responders and provide any information they request.

    If you need first aid for a minor injury:

    You may experience a minor injury while on campus—a cut, for example, or an ankle sprain. Campus Security and Campus Emergency Response Team are trained to provide first aid. Go to the security office closest to your location for help.

    Poisoning

    In the event the medical emergency relates to poisoning:

    • If you must move the individual from the location of the incident, notify Campus Security of your new location so the appropriate responders can attend your location.
    • If possible, and safe to do so, identify the poison and container.
    • If the poison was inhaled:
      • Remove the source of fumes if it is safe to do so (e.g. turn off the engine).
    • For poison in contact with the skin or eyes:
      • Flood the area with cold running water for at least 15 minutes (flush eyes gently).
      • Remove contaminated clothing.
      • Do not use chemical antidotes.
    • If the poison was swallowed:
      • Give milk or water
        • For an adult: one to two cups.
        • For a child: half to one cup.
      • Only induce vomiting on the advice of health officials.
      • To avoid inhalation of vomit, place victims head lower than body.
      • If poison is hydrocarbon or corrosive, do not induce vomiting, but do give milk or water.

    Seizure

    In the event the medical emergency is a seizure:

    • Call Campus Security:
      • 905.721.3211 (mobile phone)
      • Ext. 2400 (Dial 2400 on any campus phone)
    • Describe the events and condition of the individual using as many details as possible.
    • Do not attempt to stop the seizure—you cannot.
    • Remove hazards in the vicinity—clear objects out of the way so that the victim does not injure themselves.
    • Do not put anything in the individual’s mouth.
    • A seizure may last from 20 seconds to two minutes.
    • When the seizure is over, turn the individual on their side, provide a pillow for their head, and allow them to rest.

    Heart attack

    In the event the medical emergency is a heart attack:

    • Be aware that the warning signals of a heart attack include:
      • Feeling of heavy pressure or squeezing pain in chest, arms or jaws.
      • Shortness of breath, pale skin, sweating and weakness.
      • Nausea and vomiting.
      • Abdominal discomfort with indigestion and belching.
      • Apprehension, fright, or denial of impending heart attack.
    • When you suspect a heart attack:
      • Call Campus Security:
        • 905.721.3211 (mobile phone)
        • Ext. 2400 (Dial 2400 on any campus phone)
      • Describe the events and condition of the individual using as many details as possible.
      • Help the individual to rest, sitting or lying in a most comfortable position.
      • Assist the individual to take the dose of medication prescribed for their condition (if applicable).
      • Loosen collars, belts, and other tight clothing.
      • Keep the individual quiet, but avoid physical restraint.

     

    If necessary, use the defibrillators located in every major building on campus. Their locations are marked by red signs posted throughout the campus.

     

    In the event of an on-campus injury

    It is important that you report your injury.

    Students:

    Report your injury to the university’s Health and Safety Office at healthandsafety@ontariotechu.ca.

    Faculty and staff:

    Report your injury to your immediate supervisor. Once you’ve done this, you or your supervisor must fill out an Accident/Incident Report Form.

     

  • Power outage

    If there is a power outage:

    • Report power outages to Campus Security immediately:
      • 905.721.3211 (mobile phone)
      • Ext. 2400 (Dial 2400 on any campus phone)
    • Stay where you are. Emergency generators will automatically start up and provide emergency lighting.
    • If safe to do so, secure any equipment or materials you are working with before leaving the area (e.g. unplug electrical equipment and turn off computers).
    • If you live on campus and have insulin or other medications that need to be kept cold, keeping the door of your refrigerator closed will help keep contents cold for a couple of hours. During a prolonged outage, contact Facilities
      • 905.721.3211 (mobile phone)
      • Ext. 3333 (campus phone)
    • If evacuation is necessary, follow the direction of emergency personnel.
    • If possible, assist anyone having difficulty evacuating. If needed, assist occupants that are unable to evacuate or cannot negotiate the stairs go to the nearest designated Area of Refuge.

    In the event of an on-campus injury

    It is important that you report your injury.

    Students:

    Report your injury to the university’s Health and Safety Office at healthandsafety@ontariotechu.ca.

    Faculty and staff:

    Report your injury to your immediate supervisor. Once you’ve done this, you or your supervisor must fill out an Accident/Incident Report Form.

     

  • Secure and hold

    A secure and hold is used when it may be more dangerous to evacuate a building than stay inside. It is essential for the safety of occupants and emergency responders that individuals always comply with instructions provided by emergency personnel.

    Upon alert to secure and hold:

    • Close, lock and monitor exterior doors.
    • Close curtains or blinds where possible and lock windows.
    • If you are outside, move to the nearest building.
    • Remain calm and await further instructions.
    • Classes and activities may continue to function normally, however no movement between buildings is permitted.
    • Turn off the lights, cover and stay away from the windows.

    Following the hold and secure:

    • Co-operate with emergency personnel to assist in the orderly evacuation of the building if required.
    • The police may require individuals to remain available for questioning following the hold and secure.
    • Office of Campus Safety staff and/or Security Officers may be present as you exit the building to provide additional information.

     

    In the event of an on-campus injury

    It is important that you report your injury.

    Students:

    Report your injury to the university’s Health and Safety Office at healthandsafety@ontariotechu.ca.

    Faculty and staff:

    Report your injury to your immediate supervisor. Once you’ve done this, you or your supervisor must fill out an Accident/Incident Report Form.

  • Sexual assault

    In the event of a sexual assault:

    • Notify Campus Security:
      • 905.721.3211 (mobile phone)
      • Ext. 2400 (Dial 2400 on any campus phone)
    • Campus Security can also be reached from any of the various Code Blue stations situated around the campus.
    • When reporting an assault to Campus Security:
      • Provide your name, location and clearly state that you need immediate assistance.
      • Document and submit all relevant information regarding the situation.
    • To obtain best evidence, the person who had been sexually assaulted should not wash their hands; shower or douche; brush their hair or teeth, or change their clothes immediately following the sexual assault.
    • If you feel that you need to change your clothing, collect it and place in a paper bag, not plastic, and seal it and take it with you to Lakeridge Health hospital, the Campus Health Centre, a local Residence Assistant or a Security Desk.

     

    Please remember that we have many mental health services and supports available to help you:

    Students:

    Faculty and staff:

  • Weapons on campus

    When a weapon is reported on a person or in an automobile on campus grounds, students, faculty, staff and visitors are to follow the direction of Campus Security, the Manager, Emergency Management, Emergency Management Response Team (EMRT) members or Emergency Services personnel if on scene. The possession of any weapon is prohibited on campus and may constitute a criminal act.

    Faculty and staff

    If a weapon is observed by faculty or staff, or reported to a faculty or staff member:

    • Treat the situation as an active threat.
    • Assist students and staff to move to and remain in a secure location.
    • Report the situation to Campus Security:
      • 905.721.3211 (mobile phone)
      • Ext. 2400 (Dial 2400 on any campus phone)
    • Secure and barricade the room and doors, and cover windows, if possible. Keep away from windows and turn lights off.
    • Keep everyone in the secure area.
    • Faculty and staff are not to investigate the situation further.
    • Take direction only from a police officer, Security Officer or the Manager, Emergency Management/Office of Campus Safety.

    Students

    If a student observes a weapon:

    • Report the situation to Campus Security:
      • 905.721.3211 (mobile phone)
      • Ext. 2400 (Dial 2400 on any campus phone)
    • Follow the direction of faculty, staff, Campus Security and police.
    • If faculty, staff and Campus Security are not available, assist students with disabilities and visitors and move to and remain in a secure location.
    • If possible, secure and barricade the classroom and office door.
    • Turn off the lights, cover and stay away from the windows.

     

    In the event of an on-campus injury

    It is important that you report your injury.

    Students:

    Report your injury to the university’s Health and Safety Office at healthandsafety@ontariotechu.ca.

    Faculty and staff:

    Report your injury to your immediate supervisor. Once you’ve done this, you or your supervisor must fill out an Accident/Incident Report Form.

  • Workplace violence

    In the event of an emergency:

    Contact either:

    • Campus Security:
      • 905.721.3211 (mobile phone)
      • Ext. 2400 (Dial 2400 on any campus phone)
    • Durham Regional Police Service:
      • 911 (mobile phone)
      • Dial 9 and then 911 (campus phone)

     

    If you contact the Durham Regional Police Service, be sure to also inform Campus Security.

     

    In the event of an on-campus injury

    It is important that you report your injury.

    Students:

    Report your injury to the university’s Health and Safety Office at healthandsafety@ontariotechu.ca.

    Faculty and staff:

    Report your injury to your immediate supervisor. Once you’ve done this, you or your supervisor must fill out an Accident/Incident Report Form.