A package or letter that exhibits any combination of the following characteristics should be considered suspicious:
- Missing or fictitious return address;
- Exposed electrical wires;
- Excessive packaging material (adhesive tape);
- Oil stains, discolouration or crystallization on the packaging;
- Irregularly shaped package;
- Recipient’s name and address badly typed or written;
- Excessive postage;
- Spelling errors;
- Recipient’s title instead of name;
- Solid or thick envelope;
- Originating from a foreign country;
- Restrictive instructions (marked as confidential).
A package that exhibits any of the following characteristics may be suspected of containing nuclear, radioactive, biological or chemical materials:
- It is damaged;
- It is leaking;
- It contains liquid, powder or granules;
- It gives off an unusual odour;
- It emits a gas or vapour;
- There is seepage or bubbling;
- It contains aerosols;
- It shows signs of corrosion.
Procedure to follow
- Move away from the package;
- Do not use your cellular phone near the package, and turn it off if possible;
- Contact Security at extension 55 or by calling 514-396-8800, extension 55;
- Give the dispatcher as much information as possible, and do not hang up until you are advised to do so.
- Wait until Security orders an evacuation. Consult the procedure for evacuation.
- Do not touch, shake, smell or taste the suspicious article;
- Isolate the article and evacuate the surrounding area immediately;
- Anyone who has had contact with the article should immediately wash their hands with soap and water.
Returning to the building
- Authorization to return to the building will be communicated at the meeting point.