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 UBC
Volume 33 Number 10, May 14, 1987
Occupational Health
Health and safety in the workplace are important to all
members of the campus community. UBC's Occupational
Health and Safety Department is charged with monitoring and
implementing programs that ensure health and safety for all
UBC faculty and staff.
"We provide consulting and assistance in all areas of health
and safety," says Wayne Greene, director of the
Occupational Health and Safety department. "We try to help
faculty, researchers and the plant design and operations set up
safety programs and make them work."
Dr. Greene says some functions of his department are
legislated. A radiation safety program involving routine
inspections and training is required by the Atomic Energy
Control Board.
The department works in co-operation with the University
Health and Safety Committee consisting of 19 employees,
appointed or elected to represent all areas of the university
community.
Dr. Greene says the committee makes recommendations to
the president's office and the identified health or safety
measures are carried out by his department. The clean air
policy (smoking regulations), for example, was initiated by this
committee and was implemented in January by the department.
The annual report of the Occupational Health and Safety
department is contained in a special supplement inside this
issue of UBC Reports.
Royal Society fellows
Four UBC faculty members have been elected Fellows of
the Royal Society of Canada, the national academy which
recognizes outstanding Canadian humanists and scientists.
Profs. Patricia Marchak and Richard Pearson of the
Anthropology and Sociology Department, Prof. J. Keith
Brimacombe, director of UBC's Centre for Metallurgical Process
Engineering, and Prof. Anthony Merer of the Chemistry
Department will be inducted into the society on May 31 at a
ceremony held in Hamilton, Ontario.
Open House award
UBC's successful Open House, held on March 6, 7, and 8 of
this year, has been awarded a bronze medal by the Council for
Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) in the
Community Relations Programs category.
Forty entries from North America'competed in this category
which is defined as programs involving members of the
community with the institution; projects involving faculty,
students, alumni, and other groups in community revitalization;
continuing education; and educational outreach programs.
The council is a 2,800 member international organization
based in Washington, D.C.
Grad council formed
After several years of planning, UBC has a newly
established Graduate Council.
"It will significantly change the way in which the Faculty of
Graduate Studies will operate in the future," said Dr. Sheldon
Cherry, acting dean of Graduate Studies.
More than 1,500 faculty are members of the Faculty of
Graduate Studies and the old system of meetings and
committees drew only a small percentage of the membership,
making it difficult for the faculty to operate efficiently.
"It involved a large body of members who had interests and
concerns in their own departments," Dr. Cherry explains.
The new Graduate Council, which had its first meeting
March 26, is composed of just 64 members. There are 50
elected members representing each faculty involved in graduate
education, and two faculty members of Senate elected by the
Faculty of Graduate Studies.
The vice-president of research or his designate, the
university registrar, and associate deans of the Faculty of
Graduate Studies sit on the council as ex-officio members. The
dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies acts as chairman of the
council.
Seven elected student members, including one who is a
member of Senate complete the membership.
Important Notice
The next issue of UBC Reports will be published a day early
for the Congregation ceremonies. Faculty and staff are
reminded there is alt early deadline for Calendar notices in the
May 27 issue. All Calendar items must be submitted to the
Community Relations Office by 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 19. Sony,
late items cannot be accepted.
Faculty and administration
air differences on salaries
By Bunny Wright
Faculty members are still reeling from President David
Strangway's announcement that the university is unable to
comply with the unanimous salary award handed down in
March by the arbitration board.
"At first it didn't occur to us that the administration would
challenge the award," says Dr. Herbert Rosengarten, president
of the Faculty Association. "But the more time that went by, the
more we thought they just might."
Five weeks passed between the arbitration board's ruling in
March and the university's submission of a brief to the
Compensation Stabilization Commission stating that it cannot
comply.
"Why did it take us so long to respond? It's not easy to give
a concrete answer," says Dr. Strangway. "It took us that long to
take as serious a step as this is."
The president's move is "a serious error of judgement," says
Dr. Rosengarten.
In arbitration, the university offered a three per cent increase
for career progress increments, merit and anomaly/inequity
awards, payable July 1,1986; a merit award of 0.5 per cent
payable Jan. 1,1987; and an increase of $500 per annum on
Jan. 1,1987.
The arbitration board unanimously directed that a further 2.5
per cent should be paid as a general increase as of Jan. 1,
1987. The general increase would have been the first since
Jan. 1,1983.
"In annualized terms," says Dr. A. J. McClean, associate
vice-president, "the university offer could have provided for an
average salary increase of 4.55 per cent. The arbitration board
award would increase this to 7.5 per cent."
In addition, the board's ruling called for an increase in the
minimum salary level for full-time sessional lecturers to
$17,047.63 over the period of their appointments.
The Faculty Association responded to the university's
submission last week, and both sides are now awaiting a
decision from Compensation Stabilization Commissioner Ed
Peck.
.   In the meantime, though, faculty members have been invited
to a May 26 meeting jointly convened by Dr. Strangway and Dr.
Rosengarten, chaired by Dr. Rosengarten, at which Dr.
Strangway will speak "on the university's current financial
circumstances and prospects."
Dr. Rosengarten, in an April 27 open letter to Dr. Strangway,
said the central question before the arbitration board was
whether the university had the ability to pay, and that the board
had decided that it did.
The Faculty Association's proposed 1987-88 brief on
salaries says, "An argument for salary increases in excess of
those proposed by the administration is really an argument for
an allocation of funds that differs to some degree from that
proposed by the Administration. Ability to pay is really a
willingness on the part of the administration to budget for
essential salary increases, even if this requires some
reallocation of funds."
But Dr. Strangway argues that such a reallocation would be
financially irresponsible. "We simply do not have the ability to
pay the award," he says.
All of the monies allocated for 1986-87 salaries are
contained within deans' and department heads' budgets, he
says, except for the three per cent provincial grant for merit-
driven increases and positions frozen in the reserve.
Although the arbitration board concluded that faculties and
departments had the ability to pay a further 2.5 per cent, Dr.
Strangway says the administration consulted with the deans
"and they unanimously stated that they did not have the ability
to pay."
see Faculty Page Two
1987-88 negotiations to begin
By Bunny Wright
While UBC faculty and administration wait for a final ruling
on 1986-87 salaries, negotiations are beginning to get under
way for 1987-88.
Faculty votes will be counted May 22 on a proposed "Brief
on Salaries and Economic Benefits: 1987-88" that would ask
for implementation of the Board of Governors August resolution
committing UBC to an attempt to regain competitive salary
levels.
The brief, prepared by the Faculty Association, states that
"the continued erosion of faculty salaries must end, because
this erosion is harmful both to individual faculty members and to
the university."
It argues for a general salary increase of four per cent, an
increase in the minimum annual salary for full-time members to
$28,000 ($31,000 for faculty with Ph.D. degrees), that sessional
lecturers holding a full-time appointment for eight months or
longer be entitled to the same career progress increments as
senior instructors and lecturers, and that the Career
Advancement Plan be funded to permit the following: Career
Progress Merit Increments with a unit value of $1,120; Career
Progress Merit Increments not paid in 1983-84 and 1984-85 be
paid effective July 1,1987; discretionary merit increases totalling
$750,000; anomalies and inequities reduced by another
$750,000; and creation of a special anomaly fund to be applied
to the salary differential between female and male faculty
members.
The case for salary increases was also made by B.C.'s
universities, in their joint submission to the provincial
government for 1987-88 operating funds. The three institutions
agreed "that the provision of additional base budget funds for
merit-driven salary increases for faculty members is the most
urgent requirement for the maintenance and development of
excellence in research and teaching at our universities."
No salary increases were awarded in 1983-84 or in 1984-
85. In 1985-86, merit-driven increases of only three per cent
were received. "The loss in real earnings," says the universities'
submission, "coupled with reductions in other budget areas,
has resulted in the loss of world-class faculty members and
considerable difficulties in recruiting for replacement positions."
The Faculty Association brief points out that inflation eroded
the real value of faculty incomes by 14.8 per cent between
January 1983 and December 1988. "Between 1981-82 and
1985-86," it says, "the average annual salary of UBC faculty
moved from being the highest in the country to being ranked
18th."
The universities' proposal to government requests the
following for UBC: merit-driven salary increases (including
Editor's Note: UBC Reports welcomes Letters to the Editor
on this or any subject. Please be brief.
benefits) funded by $15.2 million in 1987-88, $17 million in
1988-89 and $19 million in 1989-90. (These amounts are
based on promotion merit increases over the three years of
three per cent per year, and "special adjustment" increases of
5.5 per cent per year. They include for 1988-89 and 1989-90
incremental benefits and salary increases in funds that have
been requested for "faculty renewal.")
The document notes, as evidence that the universities do
differentiate on the basis of achievement, that salaries of full
professors 21 years after degree completion range from about
$45,000 to $70,000.
The Faculty Association brief says, "Discretionary Merit
Awards have traditionally formed a higher percentage of salary
increases at UBC than at any other Canadian university. We
support this emphasis." It proposes that $750,000 be made
available for discretionary Merit Awards composed of 1,11/2,2
or 2 1/2 units of $1,120 each.
see Salaries Page Two
Pay equity
possible for
women faculty
The Faculty Association may ask the university
administration to create a fund from which every female faculty
member would receive $400 a year for the next five years.
The payments would constitute an attempt to redress the
salary differential between female and male faculty members.
An average difference between salaries of male and female
faculty of about $2,000 was identified in 1984 by the Committee
on the Status of Female Faculty Members set up by the
association.
"It is important to stress," says the association's proposed
1987-88 Brief on Salaries and Economic Benefits, "that (the
payments) would be extra dollars, and must not be used to
replace other deserved increases."
The annual cost of the proposal would be $144,000, or
about 19 per cent of the annual anomaly and inequity budget,
and represents about 0.14 per cent of the total annual budget
for faculty salaries.
Faculty Association votes on the proposed brief will be
counted May 22. Engineer works to overcome invisible handicap'
by Jo Moss
When the fire alarm went off in the hotel,
Dr. Charles Laszlo, head of UBC's Clinical
Engineering program, didn't hear it. And for a
good reason—he's hard of hearing.
Fortunately, it was a false alarm. But Dr.
Laszlo says he never really enjoys a good
sleep away from home.
"Always at the back of your mind is 'what
if?'", he says.
As an electrical engineering professor, one
focus of Dr. Laszlo's research is providing
technology for hard-of-hearing people. These
are not people who are deaf, but those with an
invisible handicap, a partial loss of hearing.
"Hard-of-hearing people do not
communicate with sign language and that is
what makes them different from deaf people,"
Dr. Laszlo says. "All hard-of-hearing people
communicate with speech, they just have
some difficulty in doing so."
Dr. Laszlo and his students have spent
almost two years designing a system which will
allow hard-of-hearing people to identify
certain important sounds: a telephone, the
doorbell, an alarm, a knock at a door. Other
devices currently available involve hot wiring
one source of sound, the telephone for
example, to a flashing light or vibrator, which
the hard-of-hearing person can slip under a
pillow.
"Not only is this inconvenient," says Dr.
Laszlo, "But it's costly, unsightly, and restricts
movement."
He is working on a computerized device
containing an electronic chip which can be
programmed to recognize a number of specific
sounds and will notify the hard-of-hearing
person through a small vibrator attached to the
wrist. Not only will it signal important sounds
in the home, but the wearer will be able to
program it to recognize the telephone or fire
alarm in a hotel room.
"It has turned out to be a bigger task than
we had thought since the quality of sound, the
pitch, rate and volume level affect how the
device is programmed," Dr. Laszlo says. "But
we have finally started to build the device and
we know that once we have built it, and it
works, wexan make it cheaper. In order to be
useful to people, it has to be both cheap and
portable."
As a founder and first president of the
Canadian Hard of Hearing Association, Dr.
Laszlo has been active in helping hard-of-
hearing people function in the same way
normal hearing people do. It seems a simple
enough issue, but if a person has impaired
hearing, even using a telephone can cause
problems.
"If a person has a low level of hearing, a
telephone is useless," Dr. Laszlo says. "Even if
a person has a hearing aid, when they put a
telephone close to their ear the hearing aid
emits a whistle. If they hold the receiver far
away from their ear the sound is distorted, and
any environmental noise such as traffic,
interferes."
Hard-of-hearing people can now use a
hearing aid with a receiver which receives a
magnetic wave emitted by the telephone, and
allows them to converse normally. 'The
problem came in the 70's when the
government allowed non-standard
telephones," says Dr. Laszlo. "Many
telephones are now not compatible with the
specialized hearing aid. We would like to see
the government impose standards to ensure   -
compatibility."
For the last 12 years, Dr. Laszlo has been
campaigning to get the federal government to
do just that. "We are expecting legislation to
come down in the next few months," he says.
UBC's cost-cutting not enough
Faculty continued from Page One
Dr. Strangway has told the faculty in a
memo that his response to the Compensation
Stabilization Board was "the most difficult
decision I have been called on to make as
president."
It is also the most unpopular.
Members of almost every faculty on the
campus have written to criticize his decision.
The letters were made available to UBC
Reports by Dr. Strangway, and some of them
are quoted below:
"I find it surprising," says one, "that a
person who has so eloquently defended
university autonomy should call on an external
agency to overturn a decision arrived at
through a process agreed to by the parties
concerned."
"I find myself profoundly disappointed,"
says another. "... the arbitration award ... is
basically a token, which could have much
effect in improving morale though it is a very
small step toward proper salaries .... Sir, it is
Insulting, appallingly insulting, to shave pieces
off a token before presenting it."
"I have seen my real income erode," says
another letter, "to the point where seeking
alternative employment is now, in light of your
decision, an alternative that I must seriously
(and with regret) consider again."
Still another says that if the arbitration
board award is overturned, "I will leave UBC."
Another is "disheartened and dismayed by
the course of action you have chosen to take,"
and continues, "You have always said (and
continue to say) all the right things ...
However, having been given a golden
opportunity to act in a manner commensurate
with your words, you failed abysmally to do so
with regard to the faculty salary question. This
failure has resulted in your credibility having
been damaged, probably irreparably, with your
colleagues."
Another says that the administration's
decision will cause "much more than mere
disappointment.... It will cause real financial
hardship. It will make excellence even more
elusive." Frozen pay, says this faculty
member, means "being unable to attend
conferences to which one has been invited to
deliver presentations. It means cutting back
memberships in professional organizations,
cutting back journal subscriptions and book
buying .... It means not qualifying for a bank
loan ... (it means) seeing new research grants
(that are) designed to keep recent graduates in
the field (by) paying (them) more than I make
after eight years teaching at this university."
"I believe you should resign," says one
faculty member.
"... after the faculty worked very hard to*
gain a very modest arbitrated award, to hear
that the administration plans to fight it is simply
shattering," says another.
"I am protesting in the only way that I know
of at this time, by writing this letter and refusing
to participate in any future non-essential
activities on this campus," says another
professor.
"Basically," says Dr. Strangway, "I agree
with much of their position. And I have
enormous sympathy for their bitterness and
frustration."
2     UBC REPORTS May 14,1987
In a memo sent April 22 to members of the
Board of Governors, Vice-President Academic
Daniel Birch enumerated the "strenuous
efforts" made by the university to reduce costs
and increase income.
He said UBC has eliminated "all but the
most essential" faculty and staff positions as
they've become vacant, postponed filling many
essential positions, "vigorously pursued a
program of voluntary early retirements,"
studied ways to improve efficiency of
management and reduce absenteeism in
support services, and hired consultants who
have recommended ways to save energy.
To increase income, the university has
raised tuition fees, improved cash
management, begun preparing for major
fundraising programs, facilitated grants and
contracts, and worked to make sure that
government is "aware of our contributions and
our needs."
But all this hasn't been enough to enable
the administration to implement the board's
resolution of last August The resolution called
for merit-driven salary increases in the next
three years "consistent with regaining salary
levels that are competitive with our peer
universities over a five-year period."
The cost-cutting, money-raising measures
have been necessary just to protect the
university's "essential functions," said Dr. Birch,
and "to progress toward achieving a balanced
budget."
Declaring its inability to pay was "the only
credible position" the university could take
before the Compensation Stabilization
Commission, he said.
A few members of faculty have written Dr.
Strangway to express support.
"Your arguments," says one, "all based on
the financial situation of the university, are
compelling, and I hope that they will yield
results from Victoria."
"I accept that salary increases may be
justified, and may be a priority," says another,
"but I reject totally that they are the primary or
only priority. I also accept that it is the job of
the university administration to make decisions
which, in its opinion, are best for the
university."
And a third says, "I concur with your action
that declaration of the university's inability to
pay is the only responsible course to pursue.
Please be assured of my support at this
difficult time."
Salaries continued from Page One
Normally, says the proposal, faculty lost
through attrition are automatically replaced.
But cutbacks in the last several years have
forced the universities to regard resignations
and retirements as ways to save money.
It adds that the late 1990's will be "a replay
of the 1960's," as large numbers of young
people, products of the "echo baby boom,"
reach university age at the same time as large
numbers of professors hired in the 1960's
retire.
Economic benefits that would be requested
in the Faculty Association brief to be voted on
next week include: waiving tuition fees for
dependent children and spouses of faculty;
payment by the university of 100 per cent of
dental plan premiums; amendments to the
pension plan to ensure that the university's rate
of contributions wouldn't decrease as a result
of increases in the rate of the Canada Pension
Plan, and opportunities for sessional lecturers
holding full-time appointments for eight
months or longer to participate in the dental,
life insurance, long-term disability and pension
plans on the same basis as full-time 12-month
lecturers.
The brief would also request that a special
research fund of $1,000 annually be made
available to every faculty member.
The universities remind government that
because large numbers of faculty were hired in
the 1960's and '70's to staff burgeoning
enrollments, "projected retirement rates for the
next decade are far below those that would
result from an evenly balanced age
distribution." There is, therefore, a "built-in
annual requirement of three per cent for
promotion/merit increments in each of the next
several years."
The "special adjustments" of 5.5 per cent
requested for each of the next three years are
necessary because of "the absolute necessity
of paying competitive salaries in the
international market for the best scholars."
The average professorial salary at UBC in
1985-86 was $49,381, lower than the average
offered by the Universities of Toronto, Alberta,
Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Western Ontario.
"Only at the rank of assistant professor," says
the universities' request to government, "do
this province's universities rank other than
among the lowest in Canada."
In order to regain a competitive position, it
says, "it is essential that the widening gap
between faculty salaries In B.C. and those of
our peer institutions be closed." So funds are
being requested for the next three years that
would provide increases two per cent above
the average expected to be granted other
Canadian universities. "Acceptance and action
on this proposition by Cabinet will greatly
assist the universities in retaining first-class
scholars and recruiting younger faculty of
outstanding abilities."
The main concern of the Faculty
Association, too, is attracting top people to
UBC and keeping them here. 'The university
administration pays lip service to this need,"
says Dr. Herbert Rosengarten, association
president, "but the salary policies actually
dissuade good people from coming here and
drive good people away."
The association states in its proposed brief
that although the university certainly doesn't
have access to unlimited funds, "it can allocate
the funds that it has so as to reflect the
university's priorities. An argument for salary
increases in excess of those proposed by the
administration is really an argument for an
allocation of funds that differs to some degree
from that proposed by the administration."
In addition td money for merit increases
and special adjustments, the universities are
asking the government for funds amounting to
3.5% of the salary base for faculty renewal
over the next three years. For UBC, this would
amount to $4 million in 1987-88, $4.5 million in
1988-89 and $5.1 million in 1989-90.
'There needs to be more understanding of
the problems of hard-of-hearing people," Dr,
Laszlo says. "Hearing aids alone are not the
answer." Hard-of-hearing people make up
eight to 12 per cent of Canada's population,
and according to Dr. Laszlo, two thirds of them
are over 65. "That percentage will increase as
baby boomers reach retirement age, we cant
afford to ignore their interests."
Summer theatre
The Theatre Department's annual summer
stock season gets under way May 27 at the
Frederic Wood Theatre with the opening of
Agatha Christie's Appointment with Death,
directed by Simon Webb.
The first show runs through June 6 and will
be followed June 17-27 by What The Butler
Saw, by Joe Orton, directed by John Cooper.
Michel Tremblay's Boniour La, Boniour runs
July 8-18, directed by Catherine Caines, and
MFA student Bruce Dow will direct the final
show, Barry Broadfoot's Ten Lost Years. July
29 through August 8.
The company of 16 actors, designers and
technicians has been selected from the
Theatre Department's acting and technical
programs. \
It consists of Cynthia Burtinshaw, company
manager, and actors Rhiannon Charles, Neil
Ingram, Cara Tekatch, Neil Gallagher, Tanja
Dixon-Warren, Mark Weatheriey, Johnna
Wright, Tom Jones, Kathleen Wright and Jason
Smith. The company's designers and
technicians are Blanka Jurenka, Randall Plitt,
Alan Brodie, Heather Kent and Roland Brand.
Tickets cost $5.00, $4.00 for students, and
are available at the door.
In Memoriam
Kenneth Young
Memorial
Service for
Ken Young
A memorial service will be held
Wednesday, May 20, for UBC Registrar
Kenneth Young, who died May 2 at the age of
48. The service will take place at 4:30 p.m. in
the Recital Hall of the Music Building.
Young, who joined the university in 1965 as
assistant registrar, had served as UBC's
Registrar and Secretary of Senate since 1980.
"Ken will be greatly missed by the many
friends he made over the years at UBC," said
President David Strangway. "His commitment
to UBC and the university community will be
remembered by all who knew him."
Young was born in Edmonton and earned
Arts and Commerce degrees from the
University of Alberta in psychology and
personnel administration. He served as
assistant registrar at the University of Calgary
before coming to UBC.
He is survived by his parents and two
sisters.
_J UBC
THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
OCCUPATIONAL
HEALTH & SAFETY
ANNUAL REPORT FOR THE YEAR 1986
The accomplishments ofthe Occupational Health and
Safety Department at UBC during 1986 are important
to all of us in the campus community. Assuring that UBC
is a safe place to work is an essential task taken
seriously, not only by the staff of the department, but
by all the individuals on the University Safety
Committees. So that the faculty and staff at UBC can be
fully informed about the issues concerning the
Occupational Health and Safety Department the annual
report of this office is presented in this supplement to
UBC Reports.
President David Strangway
INTRODUCTION
The Occupational Health and Safety Department was formed in
the summer of1985, bringing together several different groups
who were carrying out specialized functions associated with health
and safety activities. This report is a brief overview ofthe scope of
the Department's activities during 1986.
The department structure is illustrated in Figure 1, and consists
often individuals. Two of these positions, the clerk and the diving
officer, are half-time positions.
The individuals and their positions are
Director
Administrative Secretary
Clerk
Manager, Biological/Chemical
Waste Processing Facility
Truck Driver
Biosafety Officer
Chemical Safety Officer
Diving Officer
Occupational Hygiene Officer
Radiation Protection Officer
indicated below:
M. Wayne Greene
Noni Brown
Sue Bryant
Ron Aamodt
Phil Walker
Terry Gomez
Lyn Peters
Robert Sparks
David Bell
Armando Zea
THE UNIVERSITY SAFETY COMMITTEES
The University Safety Committees fall into one of three general
categories.
1) Advisory Committees dealing with special health and safety
problems;
2) The University Health and Safety Committee, which has
representatives from all areas ofthe University.
3) The Department/Area/Building Safety Committees, which
form the backbone ofthe safety program at the university.
The four Advisory Committees consist of the University
Radioisotope and Radiation Safety Committee, under the
chairmanship of Dr. R.T. Morrison; the University Chemical Safety
Committee under the chairmanship of Professor J. Farmer; the
University Biohazards Committee under the chairmanship of
Professor James Hudson; and the University Diving Committee,
under the chairmanship of Professor FJ.R. Taylor. These four
Advisory Committees report through the Vice-President of
Research. The Director of Occupational Health and Safety is the
secretary on three of these committees, and is a member ofthe
fourth. The chairman of each of these Advisory Committees is also
a member ofthe University Health and Safety Committee.
The University's Health and Safety Committee consists of
eighteen members representing various aspects ofthe University
and is structured to comply with the Industrial Health and Safety
Regulations. The primary goal ofthe Committee is to provide
recommendations which assist the University in carrying out its
safety policy. The Director of Occupational Health and Safety is not
a member of this Committee. However, he is a resource person to
the Committee and the office of Occupational Health and Safety
provides secretarial and technical assistance where required.
The University Health and Safety Committee meets on the fourth
Tuesday of each month. During 1986 there were eleven meetings.
No meeting is scheduled for August of each year.
The Department/Area/Building Safety Committees, D/A/B/S,
represent smaller components ofthe University. There are over
THE
UNIVERSITY OF
BRITISH
COLUMBIA
MANAGER
B.C.W.P.P.
R. AAMODT
DIRECTOR
W. GREENE
BIOSAFETY
OFFICER
T. GOMEZ
ADMINISTRATIVE
SECRETARY
N. BROWN	
CLERK
S. BRYANT
OCCUPATIONAL
HYGIENE OFFICER
D. BELL
TRUCK DRIVER
P. WALKER
IR
RADIATION
PROTECTION OFFICER
A. ZEA
DIVING OFFICER
R. SPARKS
CHEMICAL SAFETY
OFFICER
L. PETERS
Figure 1: Occupational Health and Safety: Organisation Chart
MAY 14. 1987        PAGE 1 STATISTICS ON ACCIDENTS AND
INDUSTRIAL DISEASE
seventy of these Committtees. The nature of these Committees
varies from area to area, as well as the frequency of meetings.
During 1986, there were an average of 25 D/A/B/S Committee
meetings each month. Copies ofthe Minutes of these meetings
are forwarded to the O.H. & S. office, where they are reviewed and
appropriate actions taken.
The membership ofthe Advisoiy Committees and the University
Health and Safety Committee are listed in Table 1.
liable 1
Membership ofthe Advisory Committees
and the
University Health and Safety Committee
The University Health and Safety Committee
Dr. J.B. Farmer, Chairman
Dr. G.S. Bates
Mr. E. de Bruyn
Mr. P.T. Buchannon
Mr. T. Derouin
Dr. DJ. farquhar
Mrs. M. Flores
Mr. D. Harper
Dr. J.B. Hudson
Observers:
Asst Chief J.S. Affleck
Mr. R.D. Black
Mr. Douglas Napier, Secretary
Dr. FJ.R. Taylor
Mr. G. Sloan
Mr. R. Service
Misd K. Shaw
Dr. R. T. Morrison
Mrs. R. McMahon
Dr. D.W. McAdam
Ms. E. Lebitschnig
Mr. D.R. Bell
Dr. M.W. Greene
Radioisotope and Radiation Hazards Committee
Dr. R.T. Morrison, Chairman
Dr. C.r. Cramer
Dr. C.E. Slonecker
Dr. D.C. Walker
Dr. G.B. Spiegelman
Dr. H. Pritchard
Ex-ofHcio:
Mr.A. Zea
Mr. L. Moritz
Dr. M.W. Greene, Secretary
Dr. D. M. Lyster
Dr. J. Tonzetich
Mr. M. Simard
Dr. D. Brooks
Observers:
Mr. B. Phillips
Mr. M. Simard
Each month, the Occupational Health and Safety office produces
a report on accidents and industrial diseases. At the end of each
year, the data is compiled and a summary is produced. The
summaries for 1985 and 1986 are contained in Table 2. The
information is compiled in terms of cause of injury, employee
category, and by type of injury. During 1986, there were 386
claims, and of these, 199 involved time loss. In other words, the
employee was off work beyond the day of injury. Injury claims
increased by nine percent over claims for 1985. Table 3 contains a
summary of data from 1983 to 1986. The days lost per accident
increased sharply in 1986, going from less than 18 working days
lost per accident to 22.5 days.
Starting in January 1987, the University will be covered by the
Workers' Compensation Board's Experience Rating Assessment
program, or ERA for short. Under this program, the accidents and
wage loss cost ofthe University will be compared with those of
other groups within the University's category. The assessment will
be either increased or decreased depending upon this experience
rating. Tor 1987, the University's rating was better than average,
and as a result there was a 6.2% decrease in assessment
premiums. Added to this the University's sub-group assessment
rate was decreased by a further 12%.
UNIVERSITY HEADTH AND SAFETY COMMITTEE
During 1986, the University Health and Safety Committee
initiated several programs. This included the planning for the
University's first Safety Awareness Week, February 9 through 13th,
1987. The committee proposed a policy for Clean Air, which the
University modified and implemented, effective January 5,1987.
An Accident/Incident Report Form and an Accident Investigation
Form were developed for use by the local Safety Committees and
supervisors.
In 1986, the department sponsored 89 U.B.C. faculty and staff
members to take the Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation course
offered at the U.E.L. Fire Hall.
BIOSAFETY PROGRAM
Biohazards Committee
Dr. J.B. Hudson, Chairman
Dr. J.R. Gregg
Dr. B.C. McBride
Dr. Stephen Sacks
Ex-officio: Mr. Terry Gomez
Dr. M.W. Greene, Secretary
Mr. M. Khan
Dr. H.WJ. Ragetli
Mr. Kent Humphrey
Chemical Safety Committee
Dr. J.B. Farmer, Chairman
Dr. J. Grace
Dr. T. Brown
Ex-officio: Mrs. L. Peters
Dr. M.W. Greene, Secretary
Dr. W. Oldham
Diving Safety Committee
Dr. FJ.R. Taylor, Chairman
Dr. R.E. De Wreede
Dr. M J. Leblanc
Dr. D.C. McKenzie
Ex officio: Dr. M.W. Greene
Dr. RJAndersen
Dr. R.E. Foreman
Dr. T.H. Carefoot
Dr. S.V. Millen
Dr. Robert Sparks
During 1986, a total of 190 Biological Safety Cabinets, 29
Laminar Flow Hoods, and three Animal Research Units were
evaluated. The total number of 222 certification procedures
represents an increase of 20% from the previous year's total of
185 units.
Terrance R. Gomez was appointed to the Biosafety Officer's
position in mid-October, and was trained by Kent Humphrey until
Kent's retirement in mid-December.
The certification program includes the testing of new and
operating cabinets and hoods. Decontamination prior to
certification was conducted for 118 cabinets. HEPA filter wall units
and free standing HEPA units used in asbestos removal were also
tested. There were 5 installations of new HEPA filters into cabinets.
Consultation with engineers on facilities design was provided for
the Terry Fox "D" level lab, the Provincial AIDS lab, and the
Biomedical Research Centre, all currently under construction.
A Biohazards lecture was presented to laboratory animal
technicians in February. Slides and tapes on Biohazards have been
provided upon request, and a demonstration of a "C" level facility
was given to Occupational Hygiene students. The Biosafety Officer
continues to be a resource on biosafety matters.
By the end of 1987, the workload ofthe Biosafety Program is
expected to increase by a further 16% or to approximately 250
units due to new cabinet purchases and construction of new
facilities. Figure 2 demonstrates the increase in hoods and cabinets
from 1983 to 1986 with a projection for 1987.
PAGE 2       MAY 14,1987
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH 8f SAFETY Table 2
Accident and Industrial Disease Summaries for 1985 and 1986
CATEGORY
CLAIMS BY CAUSE OF INJURY
1. Struck by object
2. Fall from elevation
3. Fall on same level
4. Caught in/by object
5. Pulling/lifting object
6. Striking against object
7. Contact electricity/heat/cold
8. Toxic substances
9. Transportation related
10. Other
TOTAL:
1986 1985
60
64
33
23
48
49
23
19
97
84
59
56
7
7
7
6
3
0
49
47
386
355
DIVING SAFETY PROGRAM
The University Diving Safety Manual was officially recognized by
the Canadian Association for Underwater Science as meeting their
"Standards of Practice for Scientific Diving". The Diving Safety
Manual has been published and is provided to divers who are
registered in the diving operations file. The U.B.C. Diving Safety
Manual requires a rigorous review of diving capabilities through
regular evaluations.
Our Diving Officer, Dr. R. Sparks, was Executive Chairman ofthe
international symposium "Sea The Future", which was one ofthe
special sessions being conducted as part of Expo '86. Over 400
people from a wide cross-section ofthe research, academic and
industrial community as well as the general public attended the
symposium.
A Research Methods Seminar Series was organized by Dr. Sparks
for University divers during the spring. This involved a series of
eight sessions dealing with advanced topics in underwater
research and diving safety. These included topics in: Search and
Recovery, Diver Rescue, and Deep Diving and Repetitive Diving.
CLAIMS BY EMPLOYEE CATEGORY
1. Managerial/Professional
2. Teaching
3. Clerical/Library
4. Food Service Workers
5. Janitorial
6. Miscellaneous Service
7. Farm/Horticulture
8. Mechanical Repair
9. Construction/Trades
10. Vehicle Operators
11. Technical
12. Other
TOTAL:
CLAIMS BY TYPE OF INJURY
1. Back
2. Arm or hand
3. Knee, leg, or ankle
4. Head, neck or shoulder
5. Eye
6. Other
TOTAL:
UBC
15
14
2
2
48
35
30
53
92
85
37
17
25
18
13
3
56
58
8
7
55
60
5
3
386     355
82
75
134
120
64
72
47
36
31
30
28
22
386
555
Year
Cabinets
Hoo<
1983
113
20
1984
130
19
1985
161
21
1986
190
29
1987
218
35
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3
3
3
3
3
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Growth %
136
152
11.8
185
21.7
222
20.0
256
15.3
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1985
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1986
1987
Figure 2: Annual Number of Cabinets, Hoods and Animal Research Units Tested
From 1983-1986. Including a Projection for 1987.
Table 3
Summary
Accident and Industrial Disease Report
1983 to 1986
1983
1984
1985
1986
Number of Work Days Lost
Number of Accidents with Wage Loss
Number of Accidents without Wage Loss
Total Number Reportable Accidents
Work Days Lost Per Accident
Compensation/Rehabilitation Cost
Per Claim
3,765
236
251
487
16.0
$ 248,789
1.054
3,028
173
197
370
17.5
203,135
1,231
3,171
178
177
355
17.8
205,191
1,153
4,480
199
187
386
22.5
276,957
1,392
Medical Aid Cost
Per Claim
$119,975
246
53,880
146
69,757
196
76,910
199
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY
MAY 14, 1987        PAGE 3 OCCUPATIONAL HYGIENE AND
CHEMICAL SAFETY
The position of Occupational Hygiene Officer was filled in March,
1986 by Mr. David Bell. The initial priority of this program was
identified as the strengthening ofthe local safety committee
system at the University. Terms of Reference were developed for
the D/A/B/S Committees and were distributed to all Committee
chairmen. In addition, two meetings were held which serving
chairmen and secretaries were invited to attend. The following
topics were covered: accident reporting and investigation; lock-out
procedures; and the Committee Terms of Reference.
Further strengthening ofthe committee system was undertaken
by development and introduction of a series of five two-day Safety
Program Seminars which covered the basic elements ofthe
University safety program. Approximately 60 safety committee
officers and supervisors participated in this program in 1986. The
program is continuing into January, February and March of 1987.
The activities ofthe University safety committees are monitored
through recording and receipt of meeting minutes, and developing
a computer data base and program which automatically generates
reminder letters to Committee chairmen who have not held recent
meetings.
Working in conjunction with Plant Design and Construction,
asbestos installation sites were identified at six different University
buildings. Hazard assessments were conducted involving sampling
ofthe insulation to determine type and contents of asbestos and
the potential hazards associated with this material were analyzed as
a guide to developing a University-wide program of asbestos
control and removal.
A potential hearing loss hazard was identified in the carpentry
shop area as a result of a WCB claim. The Occupational Hygiene
Officer attended audiometric training at the WCB and in
cooperation with the Department of Audiology and Speech
Therapy, was able to survey the hearing ofthe workers in the
carpentry shop. As a result of this survey, four workers were referred
to their physician for potential medical treatment and assessment
of their condition.
The O.H. fir S. office was successful in hiring a summer student
under "Challenge '86" to undertake a survey ofthe laboratory
fume hoods on the campus. Five hundred and sixty-five fume hoods
were examined, and the survey results were entered in a computer
data base. Approximately 90 fume hoods were identified as being
unacceptable in terms of their operation, and work is on-going
with Plant Design and Construction to develop a plan for upgrading
hood airflow to meet regulatory requirements.
Table 4
Summary of Laboratory Fume Hood Survey
Function
General
Carcinogenic
Radioactive
Totals
Number
178
271
116
565
Unacceptable
22
37
31
90
As part ofthe development ofthe Occupational Hygiene
program, equipment was acquired to undertake noise surveys,
lighting surveys, dust level measurements, chemical level
measurements, and air flow measurements.
The Chemical Safety Officer, Mrs. Lyn Peters, was added to the
staff in November. Following her initial orientation and training,
she has undertaken the development of a Laboratory Chemical
Safety Course and the implementation of a chemical hazard
awareness system for the university.
As a result of a problem identified with PCB exposure due to
failing lamp ballasts in the Biosciences Building, a cleanup
procedure was developed and implemented with the cooperation of
the custodial staff and the electrical department A plan was
developed for the removal ofthe PCB-containing ballasts from
Biosciences.
The Occupational Hygiene Officer developed a liaison with the
engineering group from Plant Design Construction for the review
ofthe construction and to act as a liaison and consultant with
respect to standards for new construction from the safety point of
view and to comment on the safe work practices and procedures for
contractors. For example, an extensive review was undertaken of
the systems in the proposed Physics/Chemistry building.
A computer link to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health
and Safety data base on hazardous chemicals, MSDS, and the
NIOSH Bibliographic Data Base was established. This allows the
Occupational Health and Safety office access to a very large
chemical hazard data base.
BIOLOGICAL/CHEMCIAL WASTE
PROCESSING FACILITY
It was a frustrating year for the Manager ofthe Chemical Waste
Processing Facility. The Sub-x solvent burning incinerator was
operational for only 5 months during 1986, and as a result, a
substantial backlog of solvents has accumulated. The combustion
chamber and internal exhaust system ofthe incinerator had to be
completely rebuilt. It is hoped that the changes will result in
uninterrupted operation in 1987.
An inventory list for unwanted laboratory chemicals was
circulated to all departments on campus. Seventy-two responses
were returned, representing hundreds of pounds of chemicals.
During 1986,32 barrels of packaged chemicals were shipped
off-site for further processing and disposal. In the fall, a new waste
delivery truck was ordered to replace the 1972 vintage vehicle.
Receipt ofthe new truck is expected in early 1987.
Construction plans are under way to build a new chemical waste
processing and storage facility. The new building will allow for the
safe handling of chemicals and will allow the storage of chemicals
in compatible groups for further trans-shipment Construction is
planned to commence in early spring.
The Provincial Fire Marshall's office has given permission to
replace the unacceptable 20-litre (five gallon) waste solvent
containers used in laboratories with a smaller five-litre container,
provided the container is stored in an approved solvent storage
cabinet. Five thousand containers have been ordered and delivery
is expected in early spring.
RADIATION PROTECTION PROGRAM
In 1986,116 radioisotope licenses were renewed out of a total
197 which had previously been issued. The total number of
licensed laboratories inspected by the Radiation Protection Officer
is 419, both on and off the main campus. Three researchers at St
Paul's Hospital were incorporated into the U.B.C. Radiation
Protection Program.
Ninety-two thyroid monitoring tests were carried out in 1986 to
check researchers for exposure to radioactive iodine. Table 5 gives
a summary ofthe departments which were involved in the thyroid
monitoring program.
The Radiation Protection Safety Course was offered twelve times.
Four sessions were given to the University Endowment Lands Fire
Department. A special session was offered to the new staff of the
Biomedical Research Centre. The total number of certificates
issued for successfully completing the Radiation Safety Course in
1986 was 163. Compared with the 80 certificates issued in 1985,
this represents an increase of more than 100%.
Effective September 1986, the University Radioisotope and
Radiation Hazards Committee required that all faculty and staff
entering the isotope program at the University must take the
training program. This requirement partially explains the increase
in enrollment of the safety course.
The Radiation Protection Officer undertook development of an
inventory of nonionizing radiation sources and devices on
campus. This monumental task has been initiated and a summary
will be available in 1987.
Table 5
Thyroid Monitoring Tests for 1986
Department
Number of Tests
Agriculture Canada
10
B.C. Cancer Research
2
Biochemistry
8
Cancer Control Agency of B.C.
4
Fisheries & Oceans
6
Hematology
3
Medicine
7
Microbiology
7
Obstetrics fif Gynecology
2
Pathology
16
Physiology
16
Red Cross
10
Terry Fox Lab
1
TOTAL:
92
SUMMARY
The Occupational Health and Safety department has made
progress in several areas of health and safety in 1986. New
programs have been introduced and all areas ofthe program have
experienced increased demand for training and other services.
Nineteen eighty seven is expected to be an even busier year with
the expansion ofthe Chemical Waste Processing Facility, new first
aid requirements, introduction ofthe Laboratory Chemical Safety
Course, and an in-house data collection and reporting system.
PAGE 4       MAY 14,1987
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH * SAFETY Non-sexual approach to therapy advocated
by Jo Moss
Alcoholism is a disease that can be
traumatic for anyone close to the victim. When
her husband is alcoholic, a woman is
frequently counselled to stick with him and be
supportive. So says UBC psychiatrist Dr.
Susan Penfold.
"When the woman is the one with the
disease, only one in 10 husbands support their
alcoholic partner," she says, "And the woman
is often seen as a thoroughly immoral person
and a fallen woman."
How people perceive a situation differently
if the main figure is a woman, instead of a
man, is of great interest to Dr. Penfold. As a
psychiatrist who deals with emotionally-
disturbed children, she has long been an
advocate of a non-sexist approach to
counselling and therapy. She has just
completed a year as the first chair of Womens
Studies at Simon Fraser University and has
been coordinator of a task force on womens
issues in the Canadian Psychiatric Association,
of which she is a member.
"Working from a non-sexist perspective
means not bringing to bear a given set of
assumptions about what a man or a woman is
and not perpetuating the myths," Dr. Penfold
says, "Psychiatrists often apply one set of
standards for men, and another for women. A
number of problems that women and their
families face stem from this inequality of
perception.
'Take the situation of a family having
problems with a child, he is not doing well at
school, for example. If the therapist holds the
traditional view of a woman's role as a passive,
nurturing mother, without looking at all the
other issues involved, the therapist will
probably hold the woman responsible for what
goes wrong with the child. There's a lack of
recognition of what it really is to be a wife and
mother."
Psychiatrist Dr. Susan Penfold.
Dr. Penfold cites wife-battering as another
example. "It's all too easy for therapists to
blame the victim, to see the woman as
somehow attracting the violence or even find
violence sexually titillating."
Dr. Penfold says that instead of traditional
expectations there needs to be more
understanding of all the factors which bear on
a situation. And she says it's important to
improve the training of health professionals by
sensitizing them to the particular problems
women encounter in today's society.
"It is important not to obscure the issues in
making a'diagnosis," Dr. Penfold says. "If the
professional has a pre-conceived notion of
what role the patient should play, then it's easy
to see the problem as being caused by the
patient not playing that role, instead of being
caused by stress from society and social
structures on the patient."
In addition to advocating changing attitudes
on the part of professionals, Dr. Penfold is also
involved in making women aware that they
need to choose a professional counsellor
carefully. She recently took part in a television
series on women's issues produced for the
Knowledge Network. One of the subjects was
'how to choose a therapist".
How can a woman tell if the counselling
she's getting isn't the best for her needs?
"It should be fairly easy to spot," Dr.
Penfold says, 'There's a lot of indicators such
as if the therapist doesn't seem interested in
the woman's problems, or they dont seem to
be able to understand her difficulties or relate
to her concerns. Other signs are if they have
an abrupt manner, they answer phone calls
while the patient is in the office, or they put the
patient on medication without working on ways
to solve the problems first."
Dr. Penfold says therapy should help a
patient understand and solve problems. "It
should make the patient feel more powerful
about making changes and help them to take
steps to get on with things," she says.
There are several ways a woman can find a
suitable therapist or psychiatrist and one of the
best is to ask her friends and aquaintances for
the name of a professional. "In my experience,
people have had a lot of luck contacting the
right person this way," Dr. Penfold says.
They can also ask at their local womens
centre, women's counselling centre, or at the
Vancouver Women's Health Collective. In
addition, a number of community groups and
associations can help women with specific
problems such as sexual abuse or violence in
the family.
The West Coast Feminist Counselling
Association puts out a network list of
professional women which includes
psychiatrists and therapists, as well as medical
and dental professionals, tradespeople, and
lawyers. A list may be obtained from Dr. Ingrid
Pacey at 738-8013.
Information Services Vancouver, a nonprofit organization, also publishes a directory
of resources available in the city which
includes a section on women's resources.
Known as the red book', the 1987 edition will
be available from ISV at the end of May at a
cost of $36.
Women's Office helps more students
by Jo Moss
"It's a fallacy to believe that in today's
society students with the greatest academic
potential will not have dilemmas or difficulties,"
says June Lythgoe, director of the UBC Office
for Women Students. "In fact, in our
experience, the opposite seems to be true."
And whether the difficulties involve studying
for exams or worrying about getting a job after
graduation, students of every ability are visiting
thevOffice for Women Students in increasing
numbers.
"We are up 28 per cent over last year and
although this time of year is traditionally quiet,
it has not yet let up," Ms. Lythgoe says.
Every student who walks into the office is
guaranteed confidential counselling. And
although over the years there have been
changes in the kinds of problems that people
bring to the centre, most are variations on a
constant theme.
'The bulk of issues we deal with are the
everyday problems that never seem to change:
students asking for study skills, for example, or
simply 'how do I keep all the balls bouncing at
the same time?'" says Ms. Lythgoe who has
been involved with the Women Students Office
for eight years.
'The most important concerns for people
still seem to be work and love—many of the
problems we see in this office relate to one of
those two areas.
"For example, the fear of not getting a job,
the terror of an increasing debt load—although
this may change somewhat with recent
changes in student aid—or the guilt of-
misusing parents' support are common
problems among students. Others come in
with problems involving stress, alcoholism, or
pressure from parents to succeed.
"Sorting out one's sexual identity is also a
critical issue for many young people," says Ms.
Lythgoe. "Cultural messages and mores are
confusing and often contradictory."
A related issue among women students is
that of self image, and at times this may be
associated with self destructive behaviour.
"We see a number of students with eating
disorders such as bulimia and anorexia," says
Ms. Lythgoe. "While the causes are complex, I
feel they are related to the use of sexuality as a
commodity to sell consumer products."
Ms. Lythgoe maintains that students who
do have a problem need institutional support
to fulfill their potential. There are several
places on campus a student can go to unload
their problems: the student health service,
student counselling office, campus chaplains,
residence advisors and Office of Women
Students all offer counselling.
Ms. Lythgoe is quick to point out that
counsellors in the women students' office do
not advise.
"We don't have all the answers." she says.
"But we do act in a supportive role and
intervene when necessary."
One of the issues which the office deals
with more and more can be related to an
increasing multicultural society. "The concerns
of daughters of immigrant families involve
different values, and often an attempt to
integrate two value systems," Ms. Lythgoe
says.
One example is arranged marriages. "On
the one hand, more and more young women
seem to welcome such arrangements, while on
the other hand, the marriage may present an
enormous threat which causes unbearable
stress and interferes with academic
performance," Ms. Lythgoe says.
"One of our dilemmas is that Western
counselling may not lend itself to someone
from an Eastern culture where a person's
identity is embedded in the family. There's a
different set of considerations involved and it
has taken us a long time to learn that."
She said it is important for the university to
do serious research into multiculturalism on
campus. The office is currently compiling a
bibliography of material available on daughters
of immigrant families. "So little has been
written about it," Ms. Lythgoe says.
A second noticeable change, according to
Ms. Lythgoe, is the skyrocketing number of
women enrolled in professional schools, such
as medicine and law, and the corresponding
increasing number of women in their late
twenties concerned about their goals in life.
'That's exactly the time in your life when the
biological clock is ticking and a life decision
has to be made—whether to have children
before you're 35.. How do you balance
working towards a career with the desire for a
family? We try and help the students clarify
People
Outstanding Special Ed student
Fourth year Special Education student
Jody Nosov was selected out of 20,000
members of the Student Council for
Exceptional Children as outstanding student
member of the year. The council is an
international organization, totalling 80,000
professional and student members, which
develops services for exceptional students
such as handicapped and gifted children. The
award is presented annually to a student
member who has demonstrated outstanding
commitment to exceptional children and to the
Student CEC.
Ms. Nosov, who is only the second
Canadian to receive the award, was presented
with a plaque at the council conference in
Chicago last month. The first Canadian
recipient was also from UBC.
The university Alumni Association and AMS
made it possible for Ms. Nosov to attend the
Student Council for Exceptional Children
conference to receive the award.
Dr. Peter J. Frost, professor of Commerce
and Business Administration has been given
the Master Teaching Award for 1986-87. This
newly-established award is made by Imperial
Parking in honour of its chairman Ami Olsen
on the occasion of the company's 25th
anniversary. Dr. Frost, who joined the faculty
in 1975, is recognized for his excellence as a
teacher as well as a pedagogical innovator.
Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Frost's
work with the Executive Programmes Division
is described as "outstanding".
Three UBC students ranked in the top 10
entries of all competitors in the 1987 Canadian
Association of Physicists Undergraduate Exam.
Marek Radzikowskl, fourth year Engineering
Physics, Robert Thompson, fourth year
honours Physics and Geoff Worley, third year
engineering physics competed against 136
other students from 27 institutions across
Canada.
Students from the University of Toronto
won both first and second place, but overall,
students from Western Canada beat the
Easterners. Twelve students from UBC and
Simon Fraser University placed in the top 21
positions after results were tallied.
For the first time since the founding of the
organization in 1956, a Canadian has been
elected president of the Western Association of
Graduate Schools. Dr. Peter Suedfeld, UBC's
Dean of Graduate Studies, took office March 6.
Of the approximately 90 universities with
accredited graduate programs that belong to
the association, six are located in Canada, the
rest are in the mid-western United States. All
previous presidents have come from American
institutions.
Assistant professor of medicine, Dr.
Jerllynn Prior, is one of 66 women who have
been nominated for the fourth annual
Vancouver YWCA's Women of Distinction
awards.
priorities and hopefully, fulfill all their
aspirations."
The Office of Women Students offers a
variety of courses for women from career
planning to essay anxiety.
"There's a tremendous need for workshops
like 'how to write your English exam', the
students flock to it whenever it is available,"
Ms. Lythgoe says. New courses are added as
a need becomes apparent, but "new
workshops take a great deal of planning and
there's not so many quiet times of the year
anymore when we could work on projects like
that," she says.
Fire
Department
holds Open
House
Saturday May 23 is the University
Endowment Lands Fire Department's second
annual Open House and whether you're
interested in fire-proofing your home, or just
want to see what a state-of-the-art fire
department looks like, the doors will be open
from 12 noon until 4 p.m.
"We'll have specialists, fire-chiefs and the
regular on-shift crew so they're be all kinds of
people to answer questions," says Deputy
Chief Bruce Davidson. In addition to displays
on the latest developments in home fire safety,
firefighters will show off their skills and
equipment. They will demonstrate the gear
they wear to clean up toxic spills. These suits
which encapsulate the firefighter completely
are equipped with a self contained air supply
making him look like an astronaut.
Rapelling from a building and using the
'jaws-of-life' to remove accident victims from a
vehicle are just two of the demonstrations
scheduled for the afternoon. For children,
there will be a demonstration on how to
escape from a smoke-filled home.
"It's a program developed by fire
departments throughout the Lower Mainland,
in conjunction with McDonald's Restaurants,
which uses a model house about as large as a
mobile home," says Mr. Davidson. "It's set up
so that children can learn what to do if a
smoke detector goes off. It has proved very
successful at saving lives in a real fire
situation."
More information about the Fire Department
Open House can be obtained from Mr.
Davidson at 224-5415.
UBC REPORTS May 14,1987     3 Free legal advice offered by Law students
by Lorie Chortyk
Helping the community is an 18-year
tradition for students in UBC's law faculty.
UBC law students have been offering free
legal advice to low income residents in the
Lower Mainland since 1969, when politician
Mike Harcourt, then a UBC law student,
initiated the first student-run legal clinic at
UBC.
Today more than 160 UBC law students
and 60 supervising lawyers offer year-round
clinics through the Law Students Legal Advice
Program, making it the number two legal aid
resource in B.C., second only to the Legal
Services Society. Both the students and
lawyers volunteer their time for the clinics.
"We see between 5,000 and 6,000 clients a
year," says Jim Pozar, a staff lawyer who
supervises the program. "We handle a variety
of legal matters, including small claims actions,
uncontested divorces, landlord-tenant
problems, ICBC claims, wills, unemployment
insurance, welfare and consumer complaints."
Volunteers operate clinics in the evenings
September through April and during the day
from May through August.
This summer UBC law students are
operating 18 clinics in Vancouver, the North
Shore, Richmond, Surrey, White Rock, New
Westminster, Coquitlam and Langley. The 22
students working full-time in the summer
clinics are partially funded by the government's
Challenge '87 program.
Year-round operating costs for the clinics
are provided by the program's major
supporter, the Law Foundation of B.C.
All legal advice given by the students, who
range from first to third year law, is discussed
and approved by the clinic's supervising
lawyer.
Mr. Pozar emphasizes that the clinics are
not taking business away from the legal
profession in B.C. "We're filling a need for
people who can't afford legal counsel, taking
some of the load off existing legal services in
the province."
More information on the legal advice clinics
is available by calling 228-5791.
UBC Calendar
TUESDAY, MAY 19
School of Music - Graduate Recital
Piano Music of Bach, Mozart, Scriabine, Schu bert &
Albeniz. Terence Dawson, Doctoral Candidate. No
admission charge. For more information, call 228-3113.
Recital Hall, Music Building. 8:00 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 20
Panel Discussion
The Importance of the Malcolm Lowry Collection. Chris
Acfcerley, Otago University, New Zealand; Victor Doyen,
Universityof Leuven, Belgium; Sherrill Grace, UBC,
moderator. Buchanan Penthouse. 12:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, MAY 22
Paediatrics Grand Rounds
Sleep Disorders in Adolescents. Dr. John Fleming,
Director, Sleep Disorders Clinic, Shaughnessy
Hospital. Auditorium, G.F. Strong Rehabilitation
Centre. 9:00 a.m.
Economics Seminar
Corporate Control in a Market Setting. Prof. Rafael
Rob, Universityof Pennsylvania. Room 351, Brock Hall
4:00 p.m.
TUESDAY, MAY 26
Research Centre Seminar
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Development. Dr. D.K. Kalousek,
Cytogenetics/Embryopathology, Children's Hospital
and Dept. of Pathology, UBC. Refreshments at 3:45
p.m. Room 202, Research Centre, 950 West 28th
Avenue, Vancouver. 4:00 p.m.
Health Promotion & Systems Studies
Meeting of the Health Studies Exchange. The Psycho-
Social Adaptations of South East Asian Refugees in
B.C. Dr. Morley Beiser, Psychiatry. Free admission.
For more information, call 228-2258. 4th floor
Boardroom, IRC. 12:30-1:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 27
UBC Congregation
Degree-granting ceremony for students receiving
degrees in the following areas: Agricultural Sciences, •
Engineering, Architecture, Community and Regional
Planning, Interdisciplinary Studies (Ph.D., M.A., M.Sc,
M.A.Sc, M.Eng., M.A.S.A., M.Arch., B.Sc. (Agr.), B.L.A.,
B.A.Sc, B.Arch.) War Memorial Gym. 9:30 a.m.
UBC Congregation
Degree-granting ceremony for students receiving
degrees in the following area: Science (Ph.D., M.Sc,
B.Sc.) An honorary degree will be conferred on John
Arthur Jacobs and John Ross Mackay. War Memorial
Gym. 2:30 p.m.
Chemical Engineering Seminar
Environmental Aspects of Fluidi2ed Bed Combustion.
Dr. E.J.Anthony, Energy, Mines and Resources,
Ottawa. Room 206, Chemical Engineering Building, 3:30
p.m.
THURSDAY, MAY 28
UBC Congregation
Degree-granting ceremony for students receiving
degrees in the following area: Education (Ph.D., Ed.D.,
M.A., M.Ed., M.P.E., B.Ed.-Elementary, B.Ed.-
Secondary, B.Ed-Special Education, B.P.E., B.R.E.,
Diplomas in Education) An honorary degree will be
conferred on Agnes McCausland Benidickson and May
Brown. War Memorial Gym. 9:30 a.m.
Medical Grand Rounds
Diabetic Nephropathy. Dr. Claire Charles Williams,
Associate Professor, Universityof Toronto. Room G-
279, Lecture Theatre, HSCH. 12:00 noon.
UBC Congregation
Degree-granting ceremony for students receiving
degrees in the following areas: Arts, Music, Library,
Archival and Information Studies (Ph.D., D.M.A., M.A.,
M.Sc, M.F.A., M.Mus., M.L.S., M.A.S., B.A., B.F.A.,
B.Mus. and Diplomas in Applied Linguistics, Art History,
Film/Television Studies, French Translation, German
Translation.) An honorary degree will be conferred on
Alfred Earle Birney and Norman Colbeck. War Memorial
Gym. 2:30 p.m.
FRIDAY MAY 29
UBC Congregation
Degree-granting ceremony for students receiving
degrees in the following areas: Dental Science,
Medicine, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Audiology and
Speech Sciences, Family and Nutritional Sciences,
Nursing, Rehabilitation Medicine, Social Work (Ph.D.,
M.A., M.Sc, M.H.Sc, M.S.N., M.S.W., D.M.D., M.D.,
B.M.L.Sc, B.S.N., B.Sc. (Pharrri.), B.ScfO.T.),
B.Sc.(P.T.), B.H.E., B.Sc(Dietet), B.S.W. Diploma in
Periodontics.) An honorary degree will be conferred on
George Robert Ford Elliott. War Memorial Gym. 9:30
a.m.
UBC Congregation
Degree-granting ceremony for students receiving
degrees in the following areas: Commerce and Business
Administration, Forestry, Law (Ph.D., M.A.Sc, M.Sc,
M.Sc. (Bus. Admin.), M.B.A., M.F., LL.M., B.Com.,
B.S.F., B.Sc(Forestry), Lic.Acct., LL.B.) An honorary
degree will be conferred on David See Chai Lam. War
Memorial Gym. 2:30 p.m.
NOTICES
Recreation UBC Summer Hours
The Recreation UBC outdoor rental shop resumes full-
time summer hours beginning May 1 through September
1. All types of outdoor equipment may be rented for
reasonable prices. Open daily 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
except Sunday. Located in the dispensary of the War
Memorial Gym. For more information, call 228-3515 or
228-3996.
Exhibition of Paintings.
Scene and Unseen. May 3 - 29. Paintings by K. Patricia
MacBain, at the Faculty Club.
Summer Sun, Fun & Fitness
Outside aerobics, weather permitting, Maclnnis Field
Monday - Friday 12 to-12:40 p.m. Aerobic circuit to
music in the War Memorial Gym weightroom, 1 to 1:40
p.m. Membership $25 for 2 months or $2 drop-in
charge. UBC's newest weightroom complete with
expert helpful supervision, open Monday to Thursday
12 to 7:45 p.m., Friday 12 to 5:45 p.m. Contact the
program office if you would like to see classes offered
at other times. For information about classes, other
activities and outdoor equipment rentals, call 228-2982.
Workshop Series
Career Beginnings. Sponsored by Office for Women
Students. An intense course of career planning for
recent (and near) graduates. Combines support and
skills for confidence-building, decision-making and job
hunting. Free for UBC graduates but registration is
required at the Women Students'Office, Room 203,
Brock Hall, telephone 228-2415. Workshop takes place
on Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 5, 7,12,14,19 & 21.
Women Students' Lounge, Room 223, Brock Hall. 9:30-
11:30 a.m.
Free Guided Campus Tours
Bring your friends, visitors, community, school or civic
group to UBC for a walking tour of the campus. Every
Monday through Friday at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.,
groups will have the opportunity to see and learn about
the UBC campus:- everything from the unique
Sedgewick underground library to the Rose Garden and
more. Tours last approximately 2 hours in the morning
and 1 hour in the afternoon. To book a tour, call the
Community Relations Office at 228-3131.
Fire Department Open House
University Endowment Lands Fire Department is having
its annual Open House display on May 23,12:00 noon to
4:00 p.m. Tours of the Fire Department are available to
the public May 11-24. Advance appointments required.
CallW.B. Davidson, Deputy Chief at 224-5415.
Laboratory Chemical Safety Course
The UBC Occupational Health and Saf ety Off ice is
offering a course covering chemical storage, handling
and disposal, laboratory inspections, emergency
response and spill cleanup. The two morning lecture
sessions (May 26, 27) and one morning practical session
(June 4,11,12 or 19) are intended for staff who handle
chemicals in laboratory, especially head lab technicians,
safety committee representatives and chemical
storeskeepers. Information and course registration is
available from the Occupational Health and Safety
Office, 228-2029.
Botanical & Nitobe Memorial Gardens
The Botanical Garden and Nitobe Memorial Garden will
be open daily 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Free admission
Wednesdays. For information, call 228-4208.
UBC/SPCA Short Course
Animal Cell Culture. Open to students, staff and faculty
attending any of the B.C. universities. June 11 and 12.
This course provides a basic level of knowledge for
those wishing to learn techniques of animal cell culture.
$55. For registration, contact the following no later than
June 10: Dr. David Mathers, Dept. of Physiology, 2146
Health Sciences Mall, Tel. 228-5684.
Computing Centre Non-credit Courses
The Computing Centre is offering a series of free non-
credit courses during May and June. These courses are
intended primarily for members of the university
community who plan to use the facilities of the
Computing Centre. A complete list of courses is
available by calling 228-6611, or you can pick up a
schedule from the Computing Centre general office
(CSCI420).
Fine Arts Reference Publication
The Fine Arts Library is publishing an annual microfiche
listing of exhibition catalogues and permanent collection
catalogues currently received. The list will be authors,
galleries and museums, title, subjects and artists. There
will be a separate index by city to this list. The list
serves as an index to artistic activity by an artist, at a
gallery or in a certain city. Visual records of specific
works of art can be traced. Also, exhibition catalogues
often contain the first written biograp hy of a new artist.
Projected price: $5 - $10. For more information, call
Diana Cooper, Fine Arts Library, 228-3943.
Haida Houses Project
Northwest Coast artist, Norman Tait and a team of five
carvers are turning a 29.5 ton, 20 metre-long log into a
Nishga cargo canoe - the first of its kind in over 100
years. It will be paddled down the west coast to
California, tracing the ancient abalone trading routes.
For further information, call 228-5087. Haida Houses,
Museum of Anthropology. Continues throughout the
summer.
Fathers Wanted
Fathers of children between the ages of 3 and 8 are
required for a research project associated with the
Department of Psychology of the University of British
Columbia. The project involves evaluating a program
that teaches parenting skills. Approximately 50 minutes
are required and $5 will be paid for your participation.
For additional information, contact Susan Cross, Clinical
Psychology, UBC, 321-4346.
Reach-out Program
Volunteers needed for the Reach-out Program.
Become Vancouver correspondents for the international
students who will be studyingat UBC in 1987. For more
information, call UBC international House 228-5021.
Counselling Psychology Research
Participants Required
Participants between the ages of 18-25 are required for
a research project associated with the Department of
Counselling Psychology. The project examines the
ways in which parents have attempted to influence
young adults regarding their occupation, career and life
plan. Participants willing to complete a questionnaire
requiring approximately 1-1/2 hours will be paid $10 and
$20 for a two hour interview. For more information, call
Dr. Richard Young at 228-6380.
GRANT
JUNE 1987
DEADLINES
Canada Council: Killam Program
-I.W. Killam Memorial Prize [30]
-Killam Research Fellowship [30]
Canadian Cancer Society
-CCS Stephen Fonyo Training Fellowship [1]'
Canadian International Development Agency
(CIDA)
-CIDA/ICDS Institutional Development
Linkages [30]
Cattlemen's Association, B.C.
-Brig. Bostock Memorial Research Grant [30]
Health, Education and Welfare, U.S. Dept. of
-NIH Grants to Foreign Institutions [ 1]
-Small Grants Program [1]
International Union Against Cancer
-Yamagiwa-Yoshida Int'l Cancer Study Grants
[30]
Korean Traders Scholarship Foundation
-Development of Korean Studies [1]
Multiple Sclerosis Society, National U.S.
-Research (proposals for Aug. 1 applie]
SSHRC: Fellowships Division
-Therese F.-Casgrain Postdoctoral
Fellowship [15]
SSHRC: Research Communic. Div.
-Aid to (hosting) Occasional Conferences [30]
Calendar Deadlines
For events in the period May 31 to June 13, notices must be submitted on proper
Calendar forms no later than 4 pjn. on Tuesday, May 19 to the Community Relations
Office, 6328 Memorial Road, Room 207, Old Administration Building.  For more
information, call 228-3131.

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