Resource Index

The Office of Risk and Safety Services has many different resources available from forms, policies, procedures, training and news. Below they are divided by unit; Campus Security & Emergency Services, Environmental Health & Safety, Insurance & Risk Management.

Emergency Management Plan


Biological Safety

Chemical and Laboratory Safety

General Safety

Radiation - Laser & X-Ray Safety

Waste Disposal  

Please use the link below to be directed to the Waste Disposal Form.  For Radioactive waste disposal email: and for specific instructions. 

  • Waste Disposal Form
  • For a large amount of chemicals, or a mix of waste types (i.e. biological, chemical, empty etc.) fill out the excel sheet below and upload it in section 11 of the Waste Disposal form listed directly above. 
    • Chemical Waste Disposal Excel Sheet (XLSX 16.4 KB) - (for bulk disposal submissions, download this excel sheet, fill it out and upload it on the Chemical Waste form listed directly above)

For specific waste disposal information and assistance contact Tom Martinek at ext. 74976 or email




Should you be involved in any of the possible emergency situations detailed below, knowledge of the appropriate procedures to follow will greatly reduce the threat of harm to yourself and others. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the following procedures, do not hesitate to contact us via email at or by phoning 613-533-6733.

Student Death Protocol

The Student Death Protocol is intended to organize in a systematic manner the university’s response to a death of a student to ensure rapid, effective communication and follow-up that is sensitive to the unique circumstances of the situation.

Visit Student Affairs to learn more. 

Providing Assistance to People with Disabilities during an Emergency


The person in charge of each class, meeting or other activity must ensure that each person who is non-ambulatory receives assistance from two helpers:

  • The helpers assist this person to proceed to the nearest safe exit or stairwell on that floor.
  • One helper is to remain, while the other proceeds to the ground level exit to notify the fire department, police or campus security, which will complete the rescue.

Elevators are not used unless specifically operated by fire fighting personnel.

Visually impaired

The person in charge of each class, meeting or other activity must ensure that the nature of the emergency is explained to the individual quickly and clearly. The person must then be guided to the nearest safe exit and provided any further assistance necessary.

Hearing impaired

The person in charge of each class, meeting or other activity must ensure that the nature of the emergency is explained by speaking slowly, clearly or by writing a note to the individual quickly and clearly.

The person must then be guided to the nearest safe exit and provided any further assistance necessary.

University members are obligated to assist these community members, if they are on their own, during building evacuations and other emergencies.

    Environmental Health and Safety Policies & Procedures

    The University policies listed below are specific to the area of health and safety and have been created, and are maintained by, the Department of Environmental Health and Safety. Queen's is committed to an inclusive campus community with accessible goods, services, and facilities that respect the dignity and independence of persons with disabilities. The Adobe Acrobat (pdf), Word (doc) and Excel (xls) files found on this site are available in an accessible format or with appropriate communication supports upon request. Please contact if you need any assistance.


    Radiation Safety


    Laboratory Safety

    General Safety

    Fire Safety


    Health and Safety Bulletins


    Weapons Policy

    Queen’s University promotes the highest level of safety and security in all of its activities.

    Accordingly, no person, while on property controlled or owned by Queen's University, shall store or carry a weapon. A weapon is defined as a manufactured device designed to injure or kill another being, or a device designed to look like a weapon. Examples of weapons include, but are not limited to, firearms, explosives (including fireworks), air guns, pellet guns, BB guns, crossbows, long bows, swords, martial arts weapons, prohibited blades, hunting or fishing knifes, brass knuckles, replica or imitation firearms or any prohibited device as defined by the Criminal Code of Canada, such as pipe bombs.

    This policy is created in conjunction with the Queen’s University Policy Against Campus Violence and the Field Research Safety Policy.


    1. This policy does not apply to Police Officers, Peace Officers or Licensed Guards carrying issue weapons in the performance of their duties.
    2. Exceptions to the policy may be granted for a Queen’s-sanctioned event or activity (for example, Queen’s archery club, on-campus theatrical productions requiring props, and Queen’s martial arts club). Exceptions for such events or activities require written approval signed by a) the appropriate Dean, Director or Department Head, and b) the Director of Campus Security. The written approval will include a detailed list of what weapons are approved and for what purpose, who will be using them, how long they will be on campus and the provisions made for safe storage of the weapons when not in use. The Director of Campus Security will resolve any security concerns directly with the Dean, Director or Department Head in advance of the event taking place. Campus Security will be responsible for informing the relevant University departments/units (and, if appropriate, the Kingston Police) about any sanctioned activities taking place on-campus involving weapons or replica weapons. Any weapons that are required to be stored on Queen’s property must be stored safely and in accordance with all applicable laws, regulations and policies by the Department responsible for the event or activity. No weapons at all will be permitted to be stored in any Queen’s residence facility or in any Queen’s Apartment and Housing units.
    3. This policy exempts ceremonial knives carried or used to meet religious obligations and small folding or utility knives used for a lawful purpose that are not brandished or worn in such a manner as to cause concern or alarm.

    Unauthorized weapons on campus

    Campus Security will seize any unauthorized weapons found on campus for which there is not written authorization (see 2b). The weapons will be returned to the owner/user once either authorization has been received or the owner has arranged to have them stored permanently off campus. Firearms will be immediately turned over to the Kingston Police, as Campus Security has no secure firearms storage facility.

    Individuals in possession of unauthorized weapons on campus may also be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from the University or termination of employment, depending on the circumstances. In the case of prohibited or non-registered firearms and other illegal weapons, the individual may also be subject to criminal prosecution.


    If you wish to apply for an exemption under paragraph 2.b. of this policy, please print out and complete the Weapons Policy Request Form.

    The form should then be passed to your dean, director or department head for their concurrence and then forwarded to the director of Campus Security for approval.

    Queen's University Policies and Terms of Reference

    The University policies listed below have been approved by the Senate and/or the Board of Trustees and can be accessed from the website of the Queen's University Secretariat and Legal Counsel. 

    ​​​​​Queen’s has a number of policies and accompanying procedures related to student rights, rules and responsibilities.

    Many of these are related to student conduct, safety and wellness, including (but not limited to):

    For a comprehensive list of policies, please consult the website of the University Secretariat.