Working in the Head House Protocols


The Provincial Working Alone Regulations are in effect even during regular work hours. The Head House can be a remote location during regular work hours as often there is no one else working on the basement level.  For this reason you are asked to follow one of the w­orking alone procedures below:

  1. Try always to work with a buddy. There is safety in numbers and an immediate support system in the event of an emergency.
  2. Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
  3. Report any unusual building activities to Protective Services @ 780-492 5050.
  4. If you are working alone in the Head House basement you should ensure that someone knows where you are working and when you will return to the lab or your office. If you do not report back on the agreed time, your contact person should check on you.  Be sure to check back with them if you have a change of plans.
  5. Although you may carry a cell phone, you should be aware that some cell phones do not work in the Head House basement area.  Before you rely on your cell phone as a means of communication – check to see if it will work in the Head House basement.  You may have to go to a stairwell to obtain cellphone reception.
  6. The Head House tunnel is accessible from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.  The tunnel is not open on the weekends.  Make sure to remove items from your storage areas during the weekday access times.

You should familiarize yourself with the various agencies/offices in the Emergency Guide in the front of the University phone book.

Protective Services:  780-492-5050

Call 911 for Police, Fire and Ambulance