Course Descriptions

This page includes the 4 sections of training, Agricultural & Veterinary Training, General Safety Training, Occupational Hygiene and Safety Training, and Research Risk Training (Research Risk includes Biosafety, Laboratory Safety and Radiation Safety).

Below each title, there is a list of corresponding courses. Please use the drop-down menu to view course description, brief overview, target audience and frequency of each course. 

These are courses offered or facilitated by EHS. For current course offerings, please go to Online Course Registration System

 Agricultural & Veterinary Training 

Course Description: This program is designed to enable all participants to confidently recognize and evaluate the hazards associated with the operation of Chainsaws and tree felling equipment used on small trees, limbs and debris.

Brief Overview: This in-person session is 2 hours followed by field practice and includes evaluations.

Target Audience: This training is for groundskeepers, arboretum workers, research station personnel and others who operate chainsaws.

Frequency: Every 3 years.

Course Description: This training reviews the Uof G confined Space Management program, including the hazards which work in confined spaces can present, and the types of spaces which are considered a confined space. Documentation and equipment required for confined space work will be reviewed.

Brief Overview: A 3 hour in person course that reviews the workplace specific confined space inventory and the equipment for safe.

Target Audience: Ridgetown Campus and Research station personnel involved in confined space entries.

Frequency: Repeated every 1-2 years and/ or prior to entry.

Course Description: This training reviews the hazards associated with farm animals and equipment associated with farming. Each unit discusses species-specific risks and controls for safe animal handling; zoonoses and transmission prevention is included.

Brief Overview: This in-person session is now available online via Courselink and is about 2 hours of material to review followed by a quiz to confirm comprehension. 

Target Audience: New staff working at the research stations with farm animals.

Frequency: Once for full time staff; annual for summer staff.

Course Description: This training reviews the hazards associated with field crop or orchard research and equipment associated with crops farming. 

Brief Overview: This in-person session is now available online via Courselink and is about 2 hours of material to review followed by a quiz to confirm comprehension.

Target Audience: New staff working at the research stations carrying out field crop research.

Frequency: Once for full time staff; annual for summer staff.

Course Description: This course promotes safe practices in pesticide handling and application and reviews Ontario pesticide regulations, chemical toxicities, and safe pest management practices for personnel and the environment.  

Brief Overview: A full day course is available locally across the province, followed by the exam or open to those who wish to challenge the exam only; not offered on campus currently.

Target Audience: Required by all staff who spray pesticides in agricultural operations.

Frequency: Every 5 years. 

Course Description:  This 30 min seminar provides employees with instruction about the hazards associated with working on ladders and the procedures required to work safely on such equipment. The seminar focuses on a variety of topics that include: 

  • Hazards associated with ladder use
  • Various types of ladders and their safe use
  • Inspection and maintenance of ladders

Brief Overview: This half hour session can be delivered in-person or the materials reviewed using a handout and quiz. A unit is provided on Courselink in the Farm, Field and Landscape Safety Training.

Target Audience: Employees who use ladders in the course of their work.

Frequency: Once. 

Course Description: This training reviews the hazards associated with groundskeeping and landscape work and the safe use of the associated equipment. 

Brief Overview: This in-person session is now available online via Courselink and is about 2 hours of material to review followed by a quiz to confirm comprehension.

Target Audience: New staff working for grounds department, arboretum, research station operations or facilities management

Frequency: Once for full time staff; annual for summer staff.

Course Description: This training outlines lockout procedures for the control of hazardous energy associated with machinery or equipment in order to protect workers from the unexpected start-up or release of stored energy during maintenance or repair activities. 

Brief Overview: This is a half-day instruction on procedures for locking out/tagging out equipment specific to the equipment prior to maintenance or repair work.

Target Audience: Employees who may 'de-energize' equipment and conduct lockout-tagout procedures on equipment, before entering silos or performing maintenance or repair work.

Frequency: Every 2 years.

Course Description: This training reviews the hazards encountered in veterinary medicine including work with animal patients and potential exposures during diagnostic procedures (i.e. anesthetic gases, x-rays, etc); zoonoses and transmission prevention is included.

Brief Overview: This in-person session is now available online via Courselink and is about 2 hours of material to review followed by a quiz to confirm comprehension.

Target Audience: Summer staff working in the OVC clinics or carrying out vet related field research.

Frequency: Annual.

Course Description: This training reviews the hazards presented by potential exposure to deer ticks when working outdoors, and the precautions and controls that are appropriate. Tick identification is included. 

Brief Overview: This in-person session is now available online via Courselink and is about 1 hour of material to review followed by a quiz to confirm comprehension.

Target Audience: Summer staff working in the field, arboretum or landscape areas.

Frequency: Annual. 

Course Description: This module reviews appropriate pathways of travel for the safe use of various models of utility vehicles - including models such as the Club Car, Polaris and Columbia utility vehicles, golf carts and John Deere Gators and Case Scouts.

Brief Overview: This one hour in-person/ remote delivery presentation is required for all personnel who will operate utility vehicles. 

Target Audience: All operators of utility vehicles, including staff,  student volunteers and non-UofG guests.

Frequency: Every 5 years for staff, annual for non-staff.

Course Description: This session reviews safe equipment operation, including equipment manuals, authorization, vehicle circle checks, shields and guards, lock out, ROPS, hitching, and accident reporting. 

Brief Overview: This 2 hour in person or online review is followed by a quiz to verify knowledge and comprehension.

Target Audience: All personnel who will be operating tractors, ride mowers or other large machinery.

Frequency: Annual.

Course Description: This session reviews safe equipment operation, including equipment manuals, authorization, vehicle circle checks, shields and guards, lock out, ROPS, hitching, and accident reporting. 

Brief Overview: This 2 hour in person or online review is followed by a quiz to verify knowledge and comprehension.

Target Audience: All personnel who will be operating tractors, ride mowers or other large machinery.

Frequency: Every 4 years.

 

General Safety Training

Course Description: This mandatory training session covers the roles and responsibilities assigned to workplace parties, hazards in the workplace, how hazards are controlled, and safe work is organized. Steps to take for due diligence is included.

Brief Overview: This is an online training course available through Courselink comprised of 11 units followed by a quiz, to confirm completion and comprehension.

Target Audience: This course is made mandatory by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skill Development (MLTSD) for all personnel who supervise staff or graduate students, and strongly recommended for those who direct activities or provide front line guidance of staff or undergraduate students.

Frequency: Once.

Course Description: This mandatory training session covers the roles and responsibilities assigned to workplace parties, hazards in the workplace, how hazards are controlled, and safe work is organized. 

Brief Overview: This is an online training course available through Courselink comprised of 10 units followed by a quiz, to confirm completion and comprehension.

Target Audience: This course is made mandatory by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skill Development (MLTSD)  for all workers hired by UofG.

Frequency: Once.

Course Description: This session reviews the functions and powers of Joint Health and Safety Committees and Worker Health and Safety Representatives under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Brief Overview: This is a half day (3 hour) in-person or remote delivery presentation.

Target Audience: Open to current and prospective members of joint health and safety committees or health and safety representatives and management at the University of Guelph workplaces. 

Frequency: Once. 

Course Description: This session reviews the process of hazard identification and steps carried out when conducting a workplace safety inspection. 

Brief Overview: This is a half day (3 hour) in-person or remote delivery presentation.

Target Audience: This course is designed to support members of Joint Health and Safety Committees, or Health and Safety Representatives in their roles. 

Frequency: Once.

Course Description: This WSIB approved one day (7 hour) course delivers Emergency First Aid, based on Canadian Red Cross program, and adult, child, infant Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Level C. A review on the use of AEDs (Automated External Defibrillator) is also included.

Brief Overview: This full day session is an in-person course with practical component and testing.

Target Audience: This course is available to personnel requiring first aid in the course of their work and to provide first aiders at UofG workplace locations.

Frequency: Every 3 years. 

Course Description: This WSIB approved two day (10 hour) course delivers Standard First Aid, based on Canadian Red Cross program, and adult, child, infant Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, CPR level C. Training on the use of AEDs (Automated External Defibrillator) is included.

Brief Overview: This 2 day session is an in-person course with practical component and testing.

Target Audience: This course is available to personnel requiring first aid in the course of their work and to provide first aiders trained in standard first aid at research stations and other UofG workplace locations.

Frequency: Every 3 years.

Course Description: Level 1 Certification is a course designed for staff who are members of a Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC). It is the core training for committee members orienting them to requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, on topics such as the legislation, the role and purpose of a JHSC, and powers of members of JHSC. Discussions cover Workplace Inspections, Work Refusals and Work Stoppages.

Brief Overview: This is a 3 day course, either in-person delivery or via Zoom. Training and discussions are followed by an exam.

Target Audience: Members of University Joint Health and Safety Committees and Health and Safety Representatives at Research stations.

Frequency: Once.

Course Description: Level 2 Certification or Hazard Specific courses are designed for members of a Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) and meet the requirements for completing Certification training and becoming a Certified Member recognized by the Ministry of Labour. 

Brief Overview: This course is comprised of 2 days of delivery, either in-person or online via Zoom and  covers a minimum of 6 hazards, as identified by the UofG CJHSC.

Target Audience: Members of University Joint Health and Safety Committees and Health and Safety Representatives at Research stations.  Participants must have have completed Level 1 Certification training within the past 6 months.

Frequency: Once.

Course Description: This training is required  every three years as a refresher in order to maintain JHSC certification.  It is intended for those who completed their JHSC certification  in 2016 onwards. The training will revisit the important elements of Certification training, including key functions of joint health and safety committees and certified members. New or amended health and safety laws will be reviewed.

Brief Overview: This one day training is delivered in-person or via Zoom.

Target Audience: Certified members of Joint Health and Safety Committees who were trained in 2016 onwards.

Frequency: Every 3 years for those certified after 2016.

Course Description: This session reviews the safe use of powered pallet lifting devices, including reviewing the hazards and controls, load security and device security.

Brief Overview: EHS delivers this one hour session for new operators and for experienced authorized operators.

Target Audience: All operators of powered pallet trucks.

Frequency: Every 3 years.

Course Description: This session reviews lift truck operating principles including pre-operation inspections, refueling, centre of gravity and load stability. 

Brief Overview: This 4 hour in-person session is a theoretical review for operators who have completed their certification or refresher course within the last 3 years. The session is a review of theory only followed by quiz to verify knowledge and comprehension.  Practical reviews can be arranged as an add-on to the cost recovery session. 

Target Audience: All operators of lift trucks.

Frequency: Every 3 years. 

Course Description: This module reviews appropriate pathways of travel for the safe use of various models of utility vehicles - including models such as the Club Car, Polaris and Columbia utility vehicles, golf carts and John Deere Gators and Case Scouts.

Brief Overview: This one hour in-person/ remote delivery presentation is required for all personnel who will operate utility vehicles. 

Target Audience: All operators of utility vehicles, including staff,  student volunteers and non-UofG guests.

Frequency: Every 5 years for staff, annual for non-staff.

Course Description: This module reviews appropriate pathways of travel for the safe use of various models of utility vehicles - including models such as the Club Car, Polaris and Columbia utility vehicles, golf carts and John Deere Gators and Case Scouts.

Brief Overview: Online module with user agreement sign off sheet to confirm comprehension.

Target Audience: All staff who operate utility vehicle vehicles during the course of their work.

Frequency: 2 years.

 

 Occupational Hygiene and Safety Training

Course Description: This training session will cover the University of Guelph Standard Operating Procedures for Type 1 Asbestos activities. The session will include a review of the procedures, and hands on activities to provide practical experience in the execution of the procedures.

Brief Overview: In-person training  that reviews procedures and provides hands-on activities. Review of Asbestos Type 1 procedures and hands-on practices..

Target Audience: Employees involved in conducting Type 1 asbestos work, and their supervisors.

Frequency: Every 3 years.

Course Description: Asbestos-containing building materials that are damaged or inadvertently disturbed can present a significant degree of risk to workers and building occupants. This course is aimed at those who may inadvertently damage/disturb asbestos-containing materials in the course of their work; it provides employees with an overview of the types of asbestos-containing materials present at the University, the hazards associated with asbestos exposure and the asbestos management program at the University.

Brief Overview: In-person or online training via MS Team. Overview of the types of asbestos-containing materials present at the University, the hazards associated with its exposure and the asbestos management program. 

Target Audience: Employees who may in the course of their work inadvertently damage/disturb asbestos-containing materials.

Frequency: Every 3 years.

Course Description: This awareness-level training is intended to provide participants with an understanding of the hazards which confined spaces can present, and an awareness of the many types of spaces which may be considered a confined space.  It is not intended as training for confined space entry. U of G employees are not permitted to enter confined spaces at any time. 

Brief Overview: In-person awareness-level training on the hazards and types of areas that are considered confined spaces.

Target Audience: Employees who may in the course of their work encounter confined spaces or contract work in confined spaces.

Frequency: Every 5 years.

Course Description: The Contractor Safety Management Program establishes the requirements when contracting for services and projects to ensure that the University takes all necessary steps to prevent accidents, injuries and illnesses to employees of contractors, its own employees and others. This includes establishing appropriate prequalifying and monitoring procedures for contractors. The program is written in accordance with the requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Ontario (OHSA) and will allow the University to meet due diligence standards with respect to selection and management of the safety of contractors. This 3-hour seminar focuses on:

  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Designation of type of work to be performed (construction vs service contract work)
  • Practices for distinct categories of contract work
  • Protocol for dealing with unsafe work/non-compliance

Brief Overview: In-person training on the University's Contractor Safety Management Program.

Target Audience: University of Guelph employees who have the authority for contracting work to a third party and/or the performance of such work.

Frequency: Every 5 years. 

Course Description: Year after year, accidental or unintended exposure to electricity ranks in the top five causes of workplace deaths. Untrained workers can be exposed to electrical hazards while performing daily activities and not fully appreciate the potential danger. It is important to understand and respect the potential hazards of electricity and know how to minimize the risk. This 2 hour seminar focuses on:

  • An overview of legal responsibilities
  • Common electrical hazards in the workplace
  • Safe work procedures

Brief Overview: In-person awareness level training on electrical safety hazards.

Target Audience: ''Unqualified' (non-electrical trained) workers and their Supervisors.

Frequency: Every 3 years.

Course Description: Review of the structure and methods to locate information in the Ontario Electrical Safety Code.

Brief Overview: Full day in-person course delivered by the Electrical Safety Authority on the Ontario Electrical Safety Code Requirements

Target Audience: Electricians and Electrical Engineers

Frequency: Every 3 years.

Course Description: Electrical Safety Authority Course covering updates to the Ontario Electrical Safety Code.

Brief Overview: In-person instruction on updates to the Ontario Electrical Safety Code.

Target Audience: Electricians and Electrical Engineers.

Frequency: Every 3 years (or when Ontario Electrical Safety Code Updates are issued). 

Course Description: Knowing how to properly use fall protection equipment is critical for the safety of workers working at heights. All employees that use fall protection are required to receive Working at Heights training, approved by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) and delivered by an approved training provider, before they can work at heights. The MLTSD approved training program consists of both theoretical and practical components providing employees with the fundamental information to protect themselves from injury due to a fall from height.

Brief Overview: Full day in-person instruction on using fall protection equipment and working from heights. Includes theoretical and practical training components.

Target Audience: Employees working from heights above 3 metres.

Frequency: One-time, then Working at Heights Refresher to be taken every 3 years, as per MLTSD requirements.

Course Description: Knowing how to properly use fall protection equipment is critical for the safety of workers working at heights. All employees that use fall protection are required to receive Working at Heights training, approved by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) and delivered by an approved training provider, before they can work at heights. The MOL approved training program consists of both theoretical and practical components providing employees with the fundamental information to protect themselves from injury due to a fall from height.

Brief Overview: Half-day refresher training on using fall protection equipment and working from heights. Includes theoretical and practical training components.

Target Audience: Employees working from heights above 3 metres who have previously completed the full-day MLTSD-approved Working at Heights Training Program.

Frequency: Every 3 years as per MLTSD requirements.

Course Description: Elevating Work Platforms such as scissor lifts, mast lifts, and boom lifts can be safe solutions to working at height challenges. The EWP course has been constructed to prepare operators for the safe use of EWPs. The course consists of a theory module which covers all classes of EWPs, and practical modules which cover the type(s) of EWP individual participants use in the course of performing their duties. 

Brief Overview: Half day theory module on using elevating work platforms such as scissor lifts, mast lift, boom lift and buck truck.

Target Audience: Employees using elevating work platforms.

Frequency: Every 3 years.

Course Description: Every year thousands of workers are injured in ladder-related incidents.This 30 min seminar provides employees with instruction about the hazards associated with working on ladders and the procedures required to work safely on such equipment. The seminar focuses on a variety of topics that include:

  • Basic hazards associated with ladder use
  • Safe ladder use
  • Inspection and maintenance of ladders

Brief Overview: 30-minute instruction on the safe use of ladders.

Target Audience: Employees who use ladders in the course of their work. 

Frequency: Once.

Course Description: Scaffold Safety training is required for those employees who may be required to erect and/or work from a scaffold platform system. This training session covers legal responsibilities, identification of the hazards associated with scaffolding, safe work practices, and the application/use/erection of the "Aldek" and "Upright" scaffolding systems.

Brief Overview: Half-day instruction on erecting and working safely from a scaffold platform.

Target Audience: Employees who use scaffolds for their work.

Frequency: Every 3 years.

Course Description: Any individuals who are required to use freight elevators located in Guelph University main campus buildings need to be aware of the potentially hazardous situations that may occur with respect to use of the device or the materials being carried on it.  This course provides the participant the knowledge necessary to operate or use the elevating device safely. 

Brief Overview: Brief presentation followed by a practical session at one of the freight elevators. The course provides the participant the knowledge necessary to operate or use the freight elevator safely. 

Target Audience: Staff, students or faculty who use freight elevators.

Frequency: Once.

Course Description: The hazards associated with the inadvertent activation of machinery or equipment have the potential for causing severe injuries, including electrocution, burns, chemical exposures, cuts, bruises, crushing, amputation, or death. To protect workers from the unexpected start-up or release of stored energy during maintenance or repair activities, such machinery or equipment must be properly locked-out. This training outlines lockout procedures for the control of hazardous energy associated with machinery or equipment.

Brief Overview: Half-day instruction on procedures for locking out/tagging out equipment prior to maintenance or repair work.

Target Audience: Employees who may "de-energize" equipment and conduct lockout-tagout procedures on equipment before performing maintenance or repair work

Frequency: Every 2 years. 

Course Description: In workplaces, moving machine parts have the potential for causing severe workplace injuries due to hazards created by hazardous motions and actions. Whenever possible, machines should be designed to eliminate or reduce such hazards. Should hazards continue to exist, appropriate safeguarding must be implemented. This 2-hour seminar provides workers with classroom instruction that includes:

  • Applicable statutes and regulations
  • Specific applications
  • Fixed enclosure guards
  • Moveable/openable guards
  • Interlocking devices
  • Pinch point guards
  • Guard rails

Brief Overview: 2-hour awareness session on safeguards on moving parts and machinery.

Target Audience: Employees who works in proximity to machinery with moving parts.

Frequency: Once.

Course Description: This 1-hour awareness training provides an overview of the potential hazards associated with common moulds that grow in indoor environments and the controls used to prevent/remediate mould contamination. Topics to be covered include:

  • Defining mould
  • Conditions that cause mould to grow in buildings
  • Health effects associated with mould
  • Regulatory requirements and guidelines
  • What to do if you encountering mould in the workplace
  • General procedures for Level 1 mould removal

Brief Overview: 1-hr overview on the potential hazards and mitigation measures associated with mould in indoor environments.

Target Audience: Employees who may inadvertently come in contact with mould-contaminated building materials during their work.

Frequency: Every 5 years.

Course Description: This is a 2- hour basic training session on noise hazards in the workplace and the University's Hearing Loss Prevention Program. Participants will gain an understanding of the following topics:

  • Effects of hazardous noise on hearing
  • Regulatory requirements
  • Noise hazard assessments
  • Noise control measures
  • Use, selection, fit, and care of hearing protection devices
  • Purpose and procedures of audiometric testing
  • Roles and responsibilities under the University's Hearing Loss Prevention Program

The course also includes hands-on training on proper fitting of foam ear plugs.

Brief Overview: In-person or online training via MS Team. Basic training session on noise hazards in the workplace and the University's Hearing Loss Prevention Program. 

Target Audience: All employees who regularly work in noisy environments.

Frequency: Every 3 years. 

Course Description: This is a 1-hour seminar on the U of G Outdoor Spills Management Program, covering roles and responsibilities, the spill management process, spill locations and supplies.

Brief Overview: In-person 1-hr training on the U of G Outdoor Spills Management Program.

Target Audience: Employees who are involved in responding to outdoor spills.

Frequency: Every 3 years.  

Course Description: Participants in the Respiratory Protection Program (i.e., respirator users) must complete a one-time training on the elements of the program. This training includes instruction on:

  • Respiratory hazards in the workplace and health effects
  • Workplace roles and responsibilities
  • Workplace controls for respiratory hazards
  • Hazard Assessment
  • Types and and selection of respirators
  • Health Screening
  • Respirator fit testing
  • Care, maintenance and inspection of respirators

Training must be completed prior to initial respirator fit testing and the use of the respirator.

Brief Overview: Online via Courselink and in-person sessions if requested. 

Target Audience: Respirator Users and their Supervisors.

Frequency: Once. For more Information please visit: Respirator Protection Program / Policy 

Course Description: The Respirator Fit Test Clinic is intended for all personnel who are required to wear respiratory protection and for those who have concerns about respiratory hazards in the workplace. In order to provide adequate protection, a respirator must be suited to the hazard, properly fitted, worn correctly, and properly stored and maintained. EHS personnel will provide assistance in the selection of the appropriate respiratory protection, perform fit testing, and provide training on the use, care and maintenance of your respirator.

According to our Respiratory Protection Program, a fit test shall be performed at least annually. It shall not be performed unless the person undergoing the test is clean shaven where the facepiece seals to the skin. Fit tests are required for all tight-fitting respirators including disposable respirators and reusable respirators, and a separate fit test is required for each different model and size of respirator.

Brief Overview: In-person session that includes instruction on the limitations, inspection, maintenance, change-out schedules, cleaning and disinfection as well as the fit testing. 

Target Audience: Faculty, staff and students who require or may require the use of a respirator AND have completed "Respirator User Screening Questionnaire" as required by the Respiratory Protection Program. 

Frequency: Annual. For more Information please visit: Respirator Protection Program / Policy 

Research Risk Training

Course Description: This course serves as an introduction to general laboratory safety measures and hazardous waste management.  The training module is based on the U of G lab safety manual and the organizational health and safety programs and procedures and includes the following:

  • Applicable legislation and industrial standards
  • Hazard management including a discussion of engineering controls (Including fume hoods), administrative controls and personal protective equipment
  • Physical hazards and hazards associated with common lab equipment
  • Hazards of general chemical classes e.g., flammables, corrosives, compressed gases, etc.
  • Chemical storage
  • Hazardous waste management
  • Emergency preparedness including fire safety and chemical spills
  • Laboratory decommissioning

This training does not meet WHMIS2015 requirements and hence does not replace the requirement to participate in WHMIS2015 training.

Brief Overview: This is an online training  course available through Courselink comprised of 11 units, followed by a quiz to confirm completion.

Target Audience: This course is required for all persons working in laboratories including faculty, staff, students, volunteers and visitors.  

Frequency: Once.

Course Description: This awareness level training is developed for non-laboratory personnel working in the laboratory settings. This training module covers the following:

  •  Laboratory and Biosafety Awareness: Applicable legislation, Responsibilities, Lab hazards and controls, Signage and postings, Engineering controls, Safe practices, Waste segregation and disposal, and Emergency preparedness
  • Radiation Safety Awareness: Types of radiation, Dose, risk and health effects, The ALARA principle, Signage and postings, Lab access, X-ray, and laser

Brief Overview: This is an online or in-class training course available through Courselink comprised of 2 modules, Lab Safety Awareness and Radiation Safety Awareness.

Target Audience: This course is required for workers who may enter laboratory environments throughout the course of their work but who are not researchers, students or laboratory personnel.

Frequency: Every 3 years.

Course Description: The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) is Canada's national standard for communicating information about hazardous workplace products. This course is an introduction to the labelling, training, and safety data sheet (SDS) requirements of the WHMIS legislation. The following topics are included:

  • Overview of the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS2015)
  • Labels, safety data sheets (SDS) and worker training
  • WHMIS pictograms, Signal Words, Hazard statements and their meanings
  • An overview of general chemical hazards, including flammability, reactivity and health hazards
  • Exposure limits for chemical hazards
  • Protective measures for working with chemicals

Brief Overview: This is an online course available through Courselink comprised of 9 units, followed by a quiz to confirm completion.

Target Audience: This is an online course available through Courselink comprised of 9 units, followed by a quiz to confirm completion.

Frequency: Every 3 years.

Course Description: This course covers aspects of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) regulations for road and rail to assist I ensuring all safe practices are followed. 
The training must be provided before the employees handle the dangerous goods. Training is not required if the employee is under the direct supervision of a TDG certified employee or when an exemption applies. This training includes:

  • Responsibilities of the shipper, handler and carrier
  • Classification of dangerous goods, including hazards of the 9 classes, shipping names and UN numbers
  • Shipping documentation - preparation, handling and retention requirements
  • Safety marks including labels and placards
  • Containers
  • Emergency actions, including emergency response action plans if required
  • Special Situations

Brief Overview: Online training through Danatec training platform, followed by a quiz to confirm completion. Upon completion, participants will be issued a U of G wallet size certificate, which should   always be kept on their person when performing related duties.

Target Audience: This course is required for all University personnel  who receive, transport or prepare shipments of dangerous goods, including those that are involved in the disposal/manifesting of hazardous waste from the University. 

Frequency: Every 3 years.

Course Description: This comprehensive course provides the necessary Transportation of Dangerous Goods by Air training based on the current IATA regulations required to ship by air or as required by FedEx. This couse includes: 

  • Responsibilities of the shipper, handler and carrier
  • Classification of dangerous goods, including hazards of the 9 classes, shipping names and UN numbers
  • Shipping documentation - preparation, handling and retention requirements
  • Safety marks including labels and placards
  • Containers
  • Emergency actions, including emergency response action plans if required
  • Special Situations with additional information on 
  • Listing of dangerous goods
  • General packaging requirements and packing instructions
  • Exemptions applicable to the University

Brief Overview: In class, full day training followed by a quiz to confirm completion. Upon completion, participants will be issued a U of G wallet size certificate, which should always be kept on their person when performing related duties.

Target Audience: This course is mandatory for all University personnel who receive or prepare shipment of dangerous goods by air. Supervisors are responsible to determine which employees in their work area require TDG training.

Frequency: Every 2 years.

Course Description: This training will familiarize shippers and receivers of biological samples with the information and training required under the TDG Regulations. Focussing on biological samples (Class 6), this course includes the following:

  • Introduction to TDG
  • Classification of Dangerous Goods
  • Packaging and Containment Systems
  • Marking and Labeling
  • Documentation

Brief Overview: This is an online course available through CITI training platform followed by a quiz to confirm completion.  Upon completion, participants will be issued a U of G wallet size certificate, which should always be kept on their person when performing related duties.

Target Audience: This course is required for all University personnel  who receive, transport or prepare shipments of infectious substances including those who are involved in the shipment of infectious waste from the University. 

Frequency: Every 3 years.

Course Description: This  course provides an overview of the relevant regulations, the University's Biosafety policy and program as well as appropriate biosafety and biocontainment measures and practices for handling biohazards. This course includes the following:  

  • Definitions in accordance with the Human Pathogens and Toxins Act & regulations, Health of Animals Act and Regulations, the Canadian Biosafety Standard and University's biosafety policy and program 
  • Responsibilities and obligations of the Biosafety Officer 
  • Responsibilities of the Principal Investigator or supervisor (as applicable) 
  • Guidance to conduct pathogen risk assessment
  • Description of the Biohazard Permitting process and procedures to complete biosafety permit applications including associated forms for change requests
  • Procedures for movement of biohazards. 
  • Procedures and good biosafety practices with regards to biohazard storage, usage, containment, and disposal.
  • Types and properties of various chemical disinfectants and  selection criteria for appropriate disinfectant based on the biohazard used
  • Ventilated equipment used routinely in containment laboratories, including classes, type and purposes of different biological safety cabinets as well as safe operation practices for a biological safety cabinet
  • Emergency response planning and procedures for incidents including spills inside a containment level 2 lab 
  • Requirements of lab biosecurity program to prevent inadvertent or intentional release or illicit or unauthorized access or misuse of a pathogen and/or toxin

Brief Overview: This is an online comprehensive course available through Courselink comprised of 10 modules, followed by a quiz to confirm completion.

Target Audience: This course applies to Principal Investigator (PI) and/or Supervisors who are handling, storing and processing biological material.

Frequency: Every 6 years.

Course Description: This  course provides an overview of the appropriate biosafety and biocontainment measures and practices for handling biohazards. This course includes the following:  

  • Definitions in accordance with the Human Pathogens and Toxins Act & regulations, Health of Animals Act and Regulations, the  Canadian Biosafety Standard and University's biosafety policy and program 
  • Responsibilities in accordance with the Biohazard program and legislation 
  • Information on risk groups & containment levels
  • Procedures and good biosafety practices with regards to biohazard storage, use, containment, and disposal.
  • Types and properties of various chemical disinfectants and  selection criteria for appropriate disinfectant based on the biohazard  used
  • Ventilated equipment used routinely in containment laboratories, including classes, type and purposes of different biological safety cabinets as well as safe operation practices for a biological safety cabinet
  • Emergency response plans and procedures for handling accidents/incidents.
  • Biosecurity measures to prevent inadvertent or intentional release or illicit or unauthorized access or misuse of a pathogen and/or toxin from labs or other containment zones.

Brief Overview: This is an online comprehensive course available through Courselink comprised of 10 modules, followed by a quiz to confirm completion.

Target Audience: This course applies to all Investigative lab personnel (Lab workers) who are handling, storing and processing biological material.

Frequency: Every 6 years.

Course Description: This course is a recap of the EHS biosafety Principle Investigator/Supervisor and Investigative Staff courses. It includes: 

  • Relevant legislation
  • Public Health Agency of Canada Risk Group classification & ePATHogen database use 
  • Containment level 1 & 2 requirements
  • Documentation requirements for active biohazard permits
  • Containment Level 2 policies and procedures
  • Procedures for movement of Biohazards

Brief Overview: This is an online refresher course available through Courselink, followed by a quiz to confirm completion.

Target Audience: This course is a refresher training for Principal Investigators (Supervisors) & Investigative  (laboratory workers) personnel.

Frequency: Every 3 years.

Course Description: This course covers all the aspects of the radiation safety program at the University of Guelph. The training is designed specifically for the use of sealed and unsealed radioactive sources used for both research, diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. The training also covers the use of radiation devices and covers the following topics: 

  • Introduction to radiation & radioactivity 
  • Regulatory requirements & overview of University of Guelph Radiation Protection Program 
  • Radiation quantities & units 
  • Biological & health effects 
  • Radiation measurement & instrumentation 
  • Dosimetry 
  • Controlling exposures 
  • University of Guelph standard operating procedures 
  • Purchasing, shipping & receiving of radioactive materials (TDG Class 7)
  • Emergency procedures & response 

Brief Overview: This is an online comprehensive course available through Courselink, followed by a quiz to confirm completion. Upon completion, participants will be issued a U of G wallet size certificate for TDG Class 7, which should always be kept on their person when performing related duties.

Target Audience: This course is required for all University Personnel (students, faculty, staff, visitors and/or volunteers) working with unsealed or  sealed nuclear substances and/or radiation devices. This training is also to be completed by non-users that share lab spaces where radioactive sources are housed. 

Frequency: Every 3 years.

Course Description: This course covers all the aspects of the Laser safety program at the University of Guelph. The training is designed for the users that work with Class 3B or 4 Lasers for research and medical purposes. This training is based on the university’s Laser safety manual and covers the following topics:

  • Understand what a laser is and how it works.
  • Understand how to recognize and evaluate related hazards.
  • Identify conditions that may produce hazards.
  • Controlling and mitigating hazards related to operating lasers.
  • Emergency response and procedures.
  • Understand the regulatory requirements at the provincial (Ontario) and institutional (U of Guelph) level.

Brief Overview: This is an online comprehensive course available through Courselink, followed by a quiz to confirm completion.

Target Audience: This course is intended for all University Personnels (faculty, students, staff, visitors and/or volunteers) that work with Class 3B or Class 4 lasers. This training is also to be completed by non-users that occupy/share lab spaces where class 3B or 4 lasers are used. 

Frequency: Every 3 years.

Course Description: This course covers all the aspects of the X-Ray safety program at the University of Guelph. The training is designed for the users that work with X-Ray devices for research and diagnostic purposes. This training is based on the university’s X-Ray safety manual and covers the following topics: 

  • Properties of radiation.
  • Interactions of radiation.
  • Production and characteristics of x-rays. 
  • Measurement of radiation.
  • Biological effects of radiation.
  • Background radiation.
  • Relationship between technical factors that affect image quality and dose.
  • Radiation protection legislation.
  • Control of radiation hazards.
  • Quality control. R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 543, s. 4 (1).

Please note that this training differs from the radiation safety training since this training does not cover the use of sealed and unsealed nuclear substances.

Brief Overview: This is an online comprehensive course available through Courselink, followed by a quiz to confirm completion.

Target Audience: This course is intended for all University Personnel (faculty, students, staff, visitors and/or volunteers) that work with X-Ray devices for both research and diagnostic purposes. This training must be completed prior to the use of any open source or cabinet X-Ray device. 

Frequency: Every 3 years.

Course Description: This course will provide a general orientation to field research planning including:

  • Field work plans
  • General field safety
  • Field transportation
  • Insurance considerations
  • International travel
  • Contingency planning
  • Other available resources

For the purposes of this training "field" includes non-University of Guelph locations outside of traditional workplaces such as the classroom, laboratory, farm/agricultural locations and/or office environment.

Brief Overview: This is an online course available through Courselink comprised of 9 units, followed by a quiz to confirm completion.

Target Audience: This course is intended for members of the University community conducting and/or organizing research in the field  (faculty, staff, students, visitors, volunteers as applicable).

Frequency: Once.