Depending on your role at the University of Waterloo, there is specific mandatory training you need to complete as part of Waterloo's Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Program. The Safety Office serves as the primary resource for health and safety training for staff, faculty, and students. Choose a category below to continue.
It is the responsibility of each department and supervisor to ensure that employees, students and volunteers receive training that is appropriate to the hazards present in their area of work/study.
To assist departments and supervisors, the Safety Office developed a training matrix. The training matrix outlines the training required based on the role and the hazards present in the workplace.
Supervisors can modify and use the matrix to meet their department's needs.
Choose a category for more information on health & safety training available through the Safety Office.
Mandatory health and safety training (for all employees)
Every employee of the University must complete the following training:
The mandatory Accessibility Training module is available through Human Resources.
Please also review the hazard-specific training section for additional courses you may be required to complete.
All supervisors must complete:
Supervisors working in higher risk areas (e.g., laboratories, technical and maintenance shops, areas where hazardous materials are used, commercial kitchens, custodial) must also complete the following training:
Supervisors of higher risk areas are also strongly encouraged to complete:
*Supervisors must complete Risk Assessment (SO2500) before enrolling in SO1007, SO1012 or SO2501.
Research and laboratory training
Depending on your lab or research, you may need to take any of the following training courses:
- Biosafety (SO1069)
- Cryogenic and Compressed Gas Safety (SO1030)
- Hazardous Waste Segregation (SO2035)
- Laboratory Safety (SO1010)
- Laser Safety (SO1066)
- Laboratory Support Worker (SO1057)
- Safe Chemical Handling (SO2016)
- Working In Cleanrooms (SO9999)
- Working With Radiation (SO2030)
- X-ray Safety (SO1011)
Depending on the nature of your role, you may be required to take any number of these courses.
- Asbestos Awareness (SO1062)
- Asbestos Refresher (SO2062)
- Confined Space Entry (SO1023)
- Electrical Awareness (SO2033)
- Elevated Work Platforms (SO1036)
- Fall Protection (SO1026)
- Forklift Training (SO1027)
- Heat Stress Awareness (SO2031)
- Inspection of Slings and Chains (SO1035)
- Ladder Safety (SO1050)
- MOL Working at Heights (SO2020)
- Office Ergonomics (SO1056) (Recommended for all office workers)
- Silica Awareness (SO2037)
Emergency response training
It is the responsibility of the supervisor to conduct site/task-specific training for their workers and students to ensure that all tasks are completed in a safe manner.
In order to conduct site-specific training, supervisors should:
- Ensure that all necessary mandatory and hazard-specific training has been completed (this can be done in advance)
- Instruct the worker to read the relevant safe operating procedures (SOP), job hazard analysis and operating manuals
- Demonstrate how to complete the task as per the SOP and have the worker observe
- Instruct the worker to perform the task and observe the worker to verify that they meet the performance expectations for safety
- Document the training provided
In addition to task-specific training on SOPs, training should also be provided on items such as:
- Working alone procedures
- Use of personal protective equipment
- Hazardous waste disposal
- Chemical use
- Emergency response
- Spill response
- Incident reporting
It is the responsibility of the supervisor to maintain the training records of the site/task specific training. This Site Specific Training Form is available for supervisors to aid in their record keeping.
Training that is not listed on this page can be arranged as specialty training for departments and individuals. Contact the Safety Office for additional information. Please note that any costs associated with specialty training are the responsibility of the individual or department.
Ladder Safety (SO1050)
|Friday, May 13, 2022||10:00am - 11:00am||COM 116E|
Emergency first aid (SO1038).
|Tuesday, May 17, 2022||9:00am - 4:30pm||COM 116E|
|Wednesday, May 18, 2022||9:00am - 4:30pm||COM 116E|
|Thursday, May 19, 2022||9:00am - 4:30pm||COM 116E|
|Tuesday, May 24, 2022||9:00am - 4:30pm||COM 116E|
|Wednesday, May 25, 2022||9:00am - 4:30pm||COM 116E|
|Thursday, May 126, 2022||9:00am - 4:30pm||COM 116E|
|Tuesday, May 31, 2022||9:00am - 4:30pm||COM 116E|
|Wednesday, June 1, 2022||9:00am - 4:30pm||COM 116E|
|Thursday, June 2, 2022||9:00am - 4:30pm||COM 116E|
|Tuesday, June 7, 2022||9:00am - 4:30pm||COM 116E|
|Wednesday, June 8, 2022||9:00am - 4:30pm||COM 116E|
|Thursday, June 9, 2022||9:00am - 4:30pm||COM 116E|
Contact Doug Dye with questions about health and safety training.
Scheduling note: Emergency First Aid (SO1038) is offered four times each year (May, June, November, December). May and June dates will be posted by April 16th and November and December dates will be posted by October 16th.
Department heads (Deans/Chairs/Directors/etc.)
- Ensure supervisors and managers are competent
- Provide resources and direction necessary to support health and safety training programs within their area of responsibility
Ensure workers are competent to perform their tasks by:
- Reviewing the training matrix to ensure that health and safety training for specific hazards related to tasks is delivered to workers
- Ensuring the workers they supervise have completed health and safety training before commencing work
- Identifying need for additional training including refresher training or site-specific training
- Providing and maintaining records of site-specific training that they require that is not in the training matrix
Employees, students, visitors, volunteers, post-docs
- Participate in health and safety training required by their supervisor
- Follow established safe operating procedures (SOP) when operating equipment, performing tasks, or procedures
- Only complete tasks within their training and expertise