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Training programs

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. 

This page outlines classroom and online training courses available through the Safety Office.

Employee training (mandatory for employees)

Student training

Supervisor training

Hazard-specific training (students and employees)

Scheduled classroom training sessions

Training matrix for supervisors and departments


    Students

    All undergraduates requiring Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS) training are required to take:

    Classroom/ Online

    Course Description Approximate Duration
    Online Student Safety Orientation / WHMIS 2015 60 minutes

    Students volunteering or working with student teams and groups may also be asked by their team/sponsor to complete the following courses, previously part of the Ministry of Labour’s WorkSmart Campus Program:

    Classroom/ Online Course Description Approximate Duration
    Online Worker Health and Safety Awareness in 4 Steps (Students) 60 minutes
    Online Knowledge of Electrical Hazards (Students) 60 minutes

    Please also review the hazard specific training section for additional courses you may be required to complete.

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    Employees (mandatory for all employees)

    People considered employees are:

    • Faculty
    • CUPE
    • Co-op Students/Unpaid Learners
    • Visiting Faculty/Post-Docs
    • Staff
    • Graduate Students
    • Teaching Assistants
    • Undergraduate Students Employed at uWaterloo

    Those "working" in paid or unpaid positions at University of Waterloo must take the following courses:

    Classroom/ Online Course Description Course Number Approximate Duration
    Online Employee Safety Orientation SO1001 60 minutes
    Online WHMIS 2015 SO2017 45-60 minutes
    Online Workplace Violence Awareness SO1081 30-60 minutes

    Please also review the hazard specific training section for additional courses you may be required to complete.

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    Supervisor training

    In addition to mandatory employee training, all supervisors and managers are required to complete:

    Classroom/ Online Course Description Course Number Approximate Duration
    Online Supervisor Safety Awareness SO1100 60 minutes

    Supervisors working in higher risk areas (laboratories, technical and maintenance shops, areas where hazardous materials are used, commercial kitchens or custodial) must also complete the following training:

    Classroom/ Online Course Description Course Number Approximate Duration
    Classroom Incident Investigation SO1012 3 hours
    Classroom Inspecting The Workplace SO1007 3 hours
    Classroom Job Hazard Analysis SO1019 2.5 hours
    Classroom Supervisor Safety Orientation SO1003 3 hours

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      Hazard-specific training

      The following training is mandatory for those working with a specific hazard or performing a specified function. 

      Classroom/ Online

      Course Description Course Number Approximate Duration
      Online Biosafety SO1069 60-90 minutes
      Classroom

      Confined Space Entry

      SO1023

      3 hours

      Online Cryogenic and Compressed Gas Safety SO1030 45 minutes
      Classroom Elevated Work Platforms SO1036 4 hours
      Classroom Fall Protection SO1026 2 hours
      Classroom Fire Extinguisher Use SO1088 60 minutes
      Classroom First Aid - Emergency SO1038 8 hours
      Classroom First Aid - Standard SO1039

      16 hours (2 days)

      Classroom Forklift Training SO1027 4 hours
      Classroom Incident Investigation SO1012 3 hours
      Classroom Inspecting the Workplace SO1007 3 hours
      Classroom Inspection of Slings and Chains SO1035 60 minutes
      Classroom Job Hazard Analysis SO1019 3 hours
      Online Laboratory Safety SO1010 45 minutes
      Classroom Ladder Safety SO1050 45 minutes
      Online

      Laser Safety Training Theory 

      SO1066 2 hours
      Classroom Ontario Fire Code - Part 4 (Flammable & Combustible Liquids) N/A TBD
      Online Radiation Safety Devices SO1017 45 minutes
      Online Radiation Safety Open Sources SO1013 3 hours
      Online Radiation Safety Sealed Sources SO1015 2 hours
      Online Radiation Safety Transportation SO1021 2 hours
      Classroom Safe Chemical Handling SO2016 3 hours
      Online Working in Clean Rooms   2 hours
      Online X-ray Safety SO1011 2 hours

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