Department of Fine Arts
Tel 519 888-4567 x36923
It is expected and required that all Fine Arts students abide by all relevant and current safety rules and regulations that have been established to promote a safe, healthy and pleasant working environment. Please direct any questions about Health and Safety in Fine Arts to the Department’s Health and Safety Coordinator.
Students taking Fine Arts studio courses must complete the following online training modules:
Both WHMIS training and the Fine Arts Health and Safety Orientation are offered exclusively online through LEARN. Follow these directions to self-register in both modules:
Please note that WHMIS training and the Fine Arts Health and Safety Orientation take approximately one hour each to complete and require that you pass a quiz at the end of each module. A score of 80% or higher is required to pass these quizzes. Once successfully completed these modules will appear as milestones on a student’s academic record after a few days.
The Fine Arts studio technicians have observer status of all safety related records and can access student records at any time to determine if a student has completed these online training modules. If additional proof of successful completion is requested, students may be asked for a printout from the last page of their online WHMIS course evaluation.
Most shops and studio facilities in Fine Arts require specific hands-on training before they may be used by students. For studios and teaching labs, this type of training is typically covered in the courses related to their use.
Use of the Fine Arts wood shop requires that a student first attend, and successfully complete, a wood shop orientation workshop. These workshops are only open to students taking Fine Arts studio courses. Please contact the Fine Arts Manager of Media and Studio Labs if you have any questions, or for details about how to sign-up for a workshop.
All personnel must use the prescribed safety gear / personal protective equipment (PPE) for the type of work they are doing. Various types of PPE are available to be borrowed from the wood shop including:
All students that use the Fine Arts Department facilities are encouraged to download and use the WATSafe App onto their personal phones. The WATSafe App keeps you connected to campus, while the in-app alert and push notification features allow you to stay informed of major campus emergency events. The App also provides a personal safety toolbox and a “Working Alone” function that are essential when working in any Fine Arts studios in the evenings or on weekends
The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within our Office of Indigenous Relations.