Persons Working in or Near a Laboratory or Hazardous Setting

Persons performing their regular work duties in workplaces such as laboratories, workshops, industrial areas or certain other locations may require additional training before performing their regular duties. Here is a non-exhaustive list of training that may be required. Speak with your supervisor to learn more about specific training requirements for your role.

  • WHMIS for Laboratory Workers (1 hour; online) - If you work in a laboratory location, such as the faculties of Science, Engineering or Medicine, then you require WHMIS for Laboratory Workers training.
  • WHMIS for Office Workers (1 hour; online) - If you work in an office location with possible laboratory interactions, such as the faculties of Science, Engineering or Medicine, then you require additional WHMIS for Office training. Basic WHMIS is included in the Worker Health and Safety Awareness training; therefore, if you work in an office environment with no laboratory or industrial interaction then you don’t have to take further WHMIS training, unless required to by your supervisor.
  • Preparing for Change: the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) (15 minutes; online) - The Globally Harmonized System (GHS) is a classification and labelling system for chemical substances. You’ve heard of WHMIS and taken WHMIS training; however, the GHS ensures that countries adopting this system will use the same symbols and risk phrases, and provide the same hazard information to front-line users of chemical products. In short, GHS is a standardization of international hazard communication systems. GHS will not replace WHMIS; rather, it will augment the existing WHMIS. If you completed WHMIS BEFORE September 1, 2014, it is recommended to take this short training. If you completed WHMIS AFTER September 1, 2014, you have already completed this course (module 7 in the WHMIS training).
  • Laboratory Safety (3 hours; in-class) - This training is for to persons working in laboratory type environments, including workshops. It provides instructions regarding safe laboratory practices, such as responsibilities, safety procedures, control measures and emergency procedures.
  • Principles of Biosafety (3 hours; in-class) - The emergence of biotechnologyand inter-disciplinary researchrequires safe work practices and responsible waste disposal if we are to protect our staff and the environment. The goals of this training are to discuss practical and theoretical issues regarding the use of biohazardous agents, understand the various elements that ensure proper biosafety in labs, review the Public Health Agency of Canada's New Biosafety Guidelines and review the University of Ottawa Biosafety Program and requirements.
  • Radiation Safety (3 hours; in-class) - This training is designed for all users of radioactive materials and must be renewed regularly. Topics covered include physical and biological characteristics of radiation, risk analysis, operational procedures and safe work practices. Note: All radioisotope users are now required by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) to receive training. CNSC controls the University's site licence and monitors our activities regularly.
  • Principles of Laser Safety (3 hours; in-class) - This course is designed for users working with or potentially exposed to Class 3b or Class 4 laser radiation. Topics covered include fundamentals of laser operation, bioeffects of laser radiation on the eye and skin, significance of specular and diffuse reflections, laser hazard evaluation, laser classification, control measures and non-beam hazards.
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) (8 hours; in-class) - TDG training is mandatory for all University of Ottawa staff preparing for shipping or receiving dangerous goods. Every day, the University of Ottawa receives and transports products that fall under the Canadian Transportation of Dangerous Good (TDG) Act and Regulations. Under this legislation there are nine classes of dangerous goods. They are regulated in terms of what can be transported, how it must be packaged and labelled, and what documentation is required.
  • Spill Response (2 hours; in-class) - Mandatory for all persons working in labs and workshops (including term employees and those working on a grant), this training provides instructions regarding the safe handling of chemical and hazardous material spills, including uOttawa’s spill response procedures, responsibilities of parties during a spill and procedures for safely handling minor and major spills, along with a look at the supplies found inside Spill Kits and their usage.
  • Autoclave Safety (3 hours; in-class) - If you operate an autoclave, or generate materials that someone else autoclaves, you must attend this training. Autoclaves are pressure vesselswhich operate under high temperatures. It is critical to understand their safety features, as well as the theory behind autoclaving.
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