Suspicious Packages

A package is considered suspicious if it presents the following characteristics: 

  • Excessive stamps
  • Suspicious odour
  • Suspicious noise
  • No return address
  • Several misspelled words
  • Addressed to a person’s title or no name
  • Excessive amount of tape
  • Unexpected delivery
  • Labelled “private” or “only to be opened by”


A package may contain nuclear, radiological, biological or chemical material if it presents one of the following characteristics: 

  • It appears damaged
  • It’s leaking
  • It contains liquid, dust or granules 
  • It smells unusual
  • It is emitting gas or vapour
  • It is seeping or boiling
  • It contains aerosols
  • It shows signs of corrosion

What to do

  • Keep a safe distance from the package.
  • Don’t use your cell phone near the package. Turn it off to prevent any interference with the package. 
  • Contact Security at extension 55 (internal telephone system).
  • Don’t hang up until the dispatcher tells you to do so.


  • Wait until Security orders evacuation. Security officers must inspect evacuation routes to ensure that there is no danger (suspicious packages). 
  • Stay calm.
  • Dress according to the outdoor temperature, but don’t make a detour to get clothing (for example, don’t go to your locker). 
  • Evacuate the area via the closest emergency stairwell. Don’t take the elevator. 
  • Keep a safe distance from the building. 
  • Go to the meeting point.
  • Do not go back inside for any reason.

Returning to the building

  • You can return to the building as soon as Security announces that it is safe to do so.
  • This authorization will be announced over a megaphone at the meeting point.