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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 lists classroom and online training available through the Safety Office.

Scroll down or select a category from the following list:


    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 Approximate Duration
    Online Employee Safety Orientation 60 minutes
    Online WHMIS 2015 45-60 minutes
    Online Workplace Violence Awareness 60 minutes

    The mandatory Accessibility Training module is available through HR.

    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 Approximate Duration
    Online Supervisor Safety Orientation 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 Approximate Duration
    Classroom Incident Investigation 3 hours
    Classroom Inspecting The Workplace 3 hours
    Classroom Job Hazard Analysis 2.5 hours
    Classroom Supervisor Safety Orientation 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 Approximate Duration
      Online Asbestos Awareness 30 minutes
      Online Biosafety 60-90 minutes
      Classroom

      Confined Space Entry

      3 hours

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

      16 hours (2 days)

      Classroom Forklift Training 4 hours
      Online Heat Stress Awareness 30 minutes
      Classroom Incident Investigation 3 hours
      Classroom Inspecting the Workplace 3 hours
      Classroom Inspection of Slings and Chains 60 minutes
      Classroom Job Hazard Analysis 3 hours
      Online Laboratory Safety 45 minutes
      Classroom Ladder Safety 45 minutes
      Online

      Laser Safety Training Theory 

      2 hours
      Classroom Ontario Fire Code - Part 4 (Flammable & Combustible Liquids) TBD
      Classroom Safe Chemical Handling 3 hours
      Online Working In Clean Rooms 2 hours
      Online Working With Radioactive Materials 60 minutes
      Online X-ray Safety 2 hours

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