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Training programs

Safety training sessions

Depending on your role at the University of Waterloo, there are certain mandatory training programs that you will need to complete as part of Waterloo's Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Program. This training will either be online or in class and will be in one of two formats:

Awareness Training is designed to give an overall understanding of hazards.

Competency Training is practical training. Competency training involves the proper selection, set-up, inspection, use and care of equipment and materials. Often this level of training includes written and practical testing to ensure thorough knowledge of the material.

How to register

Student training

Employee training (mandatory for all employees)

Supervisor training

Hazard specific training (students and employees)

Upcoming in-class training sessions


Students

All undergraduates requiring Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS) 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.

These courses are available in LEARN, however students must print or show a record of their course completion in LEARN to the sponsor, as no record will be sent to Quest. 

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.


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.


Supervisor Training

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

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  
Classroom Inspecting the Workplace SO1007 3 hours
Classroom Job Hazard Analysis SO1019 2.5 hours
Classroom Supervisor Safety Orientation SO1003 3 hours

    Hazard specific training

    The following training modules are mandatory for those working with the specific hazard or performing the specified functions. Online sessions may be taken at any time and are accessible below.

    Register for classroom courses through myHRinfo.

    Classroom/ Online

    Course Description Course Number Approximate Duration
    Online Biosafety SO1069 1.5 hours
    Classroom

    Confined space entry

    SO1023

    3 hours

    Online Cryogenic and compressed gas safety SO1030 45 minutes
    Classroom Elevated work platforms SO1036 4 hours
    Classroom Emergency first aid (valid for 3 years) SO1038 8 hours
    Classroom Fall protection SO1026 2 hours
    Classroom Fire extinguisher use SO1088 1 hour
    Classroom Fork lift training theory SO1027 4 hours
    Classroom Incident investigation SO1012 3 hours
    Classroom Inspecting the Workplace SO1007 3 hours
    Classroom Inspection of slings and chains SO1035 1 hour
    Classroom Job Hazard Analysis SO1019 3 hours
    Online Laboratory safety SO1010 45 minutes
    Classroom Ladder Safety SO1050 45 minutes
    Online

    Laser safety training theory 

    *In order to update your training record, you must email a screen shot of the completion page to safety@uwaterloo.ca.

    SO1066 2 hours
    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

    How to register