Safety Stand Down

April 14, 2022: New resources added to address safety deficiencies identified in Form 1 - Safety Stand Down Acknowledgement & Potential Deficiencies. 

The University of Alberta is participating in a Safety Stand Down between March and May 2022 to address workplace safety in the following areas: supervision, hazard assessment and management, training and competency, and emergency preparedness.

What is a Safety Stand Down?

A safety stand down is a meeting intended to address gaps in health and safety in a workplace. It is:

  • A proactive event to prevent work-related fatalities and injuries
  • An opportunity to:
    • confirm our shared health and safety responsibilities
    • talk specifically about safety and to reset expectations
    • identify any gaps in safety practices and take corrective action

At the University of Alberta, safety stand down meetings are about the need for the university to reset its health and safety practices and to embed safety as a core value in everything that we do.

Why is this necessary?

The safety stand down initiative is in response to several serious and preventable incidents that have occurred recently, in research laboratories and facilities across the university. To reaffirm its commitment to safety, the U of A is calling on supervisors to acknowledge their roles and responsibilities related to safety practices and to implement measures related to supervision, hazard assessment, training, and emergency preparedness.

What happens next?

On March 15, U of A senior leadership held a Safety Stand Down meeting to determine next steps for university units.

Refer to this process guide or see the key dates below:


What's happening

March 15–16

Faculties and areas appoint individuals to collect information from Safety Stand Down meetings. Representatives sign up for a session to understand the process for hosting Safety Stand Down meetings. Sign Up Form

Available session times on March 17: 8:00-9:00 a.m. | 11 a.m.-noon | 3:30-4:00 p.m.

March 17 Safety Stand Down Meeting information sessions. Recording/presentation
March 18–25 Supervisors host Safety Stand Down meetings with individual units/areas. Meetings must be held by March 25.
March 25–April 15 Form 1 - Safety Stand Down Acknowledgement and Potential Deficiencies circulated to supervisors for completion by their units/areas. Individual units and areas examine their worksite to determine if there are any deficiencies.
April 15
  1. Deadline for units/areas to confirm that meetings have been completed.
  2. Supervisors to verify information in Form #1 is complete.
  3. Form 1 - Safety Stand Down Acknowledgement and Potential Deficiencies is due.
April 15–May 13 Form 2 - Safety Stand Down: Area Response circulated to supervisors for completion by units/areas.
May 13
  1. Supervisors verify that information in Form #2 is complete.
  2. Form 2 - Safety Stand Down: Area Response due.


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