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:


    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:

    Delivery Course ID Duration
    Online Employee Safety Orientation (SO1001) 60 minutes
    Online WHMIS 2015 (SO2017)  45-60 minutes
    Online Workplace Violence Awareness (SO1081) 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:

    Delivery Course ID Duration
    Online Supervisor Orientation Online (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:

    Delivery Course ID Duration
    Classroom Incident Investigation (SO1012) 3 hours
    Classroom Inspecting The Workplace (SO1007) 3 hours
    Classroom Job Safety Analysis (SO1019) 2.5 hours
    Classroom Supervisor Safety Training (SO1003) 3 hours

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      Hazard-specific training

      The following training is mandatory, job-specific training for supervisors and employees working with hazards. 

      Delivery Course ID Duration
      Online Asbestos Awareness Online (SO1062) 30 minutes
      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
      Online Electrical Awareness (SO2033) 60 minutes
      Classroom Fall Protection (SO1026) 2 hours
      Classroom Fire Extinguisher Training (SO1088) 60 minutes
      Online Fire Warden Training (SO1040) 30 minutes
      Classroom First Aid - Emergency (SO1038) 8 hours
      Classroom First Aid - Standard (SO1039) 16 hours (2 days)
      Classroom Forklift Training (SO2017) 4 hours
      Online Heat Stress Awareness (SO2031) 30 minutes
      Classroom Incident Investigation (SO1012) 3 hours
      Classroom Inspecting the Workplace (SO1007) 3 hours
      Classroom Inspection of Slings and Chains (SO1035) 60 minutes
      Classroom Job Safety Analysis (SO1019) 3 hours
      Online Laboratory Safety (SO1010) 45 minutes
      Classroom Ladder Safety (SO1050) 45 minutes
      Online

      Laser Safety (SO1066) 

      2 hours
      Classroom Ontario Fire Code - Part 4 (Flammable & Combustible Liquids) TBD
      Classroom Safe Chemical Handling (SO2016) 3 hours
      Online Working In Clean Rooms 2 hours
      Online Working With Radiation (SO2030) 60 minutes
      Online X-ray Safety (SO1011) 2 hours

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      Students

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

      Delivery Course ID 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:

      Delivery Course ID Duration
      Online Worker Health and Safety Awareness in 4 Steps (Students) 60 minutes

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

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