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.
  • 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.
  • Biosafety Training (online) - The emergence of biotechnology and inter-disciplinary research requires 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 (online) - 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) (online) - 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 (3 hours; in-class) - Highly recommended for all persons working in labs and workshops at the University of Ottawa including term employees and those working by grant.This training will provide instructions regarding the safe handling of chemical and hazardous material spills, including: uOttawa’s spill response procedure, responsibilities of parties during a spill, procedures for safely handling minor and major spills and a look at the supplies found inside the 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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