This course details the initiatives that the University is undertaking to prevent COVID-19 infection in the workplace and outlines how you can contribute. Once the course has been completed, please email certificate of completion to Edythe at for record keeping.
New Worker Safety Orientation
The New Worker Safety Orientation covers general safety information that all workers must be aware of before beginning to work at UBC. Once the general safety course is complete, workers must also receive a site specific safety orientation as each area will have their own safety procedures (i.e. meeting area during a building evacuation, etc…). The first part is online and covers the following general safety topics:
- Policy #7: University Safety
- Employer, Supervisor and Employee Responsibilities
- Worker Rights
- Hazard Reporting
- Resolving unsafe work situations
- Reporting Accidents/Incidents
- First Aid
- Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS)
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Prevention of Bullying & Harassment
- Violence Prevention
- Emergency Procedures
After the completion of the New Worker Safety Orientation, a site specific safety orientation is required to be completed with your supervisor or a person designated by your supervisor who is familiar with the hazards in your area. A Site Specific Safety Orientation Template (WORD) is available to document the information reviewed.
Access New Worker Safety Orientation.
Preventing and Addressing Workplace Bullying and Harassment Training
Workplace bullying and harassment has serious outcomes for employers and workers and as a result the training is mandatory. The Preventing and Addressing Workplace Bullying and Harassment Training is comprised of the following topics:
- Defining workplace bullying and harassment
- Recognizing workplace bullying and harassment
- Identifying bullying and harassment
- Describing the duties of employers, supervisors, and workers, with respect to workplace bullying and harassment
- Responding to situations involving workplace bullying and harassment
Privacy & Information Security Fundamentals Training
Nearly every UBC faculty and staff member has access to Confidential Information, including personal and payment card data. As the loss or disclosure of this information could be very harmful, it’s important for you to know how to protect it. The Privacy & Information Security Fundamentals Training is comprised of the following topics:
- Privacy & Personal Information
- Transmission & Sharing of Information
- Storage & Encryption of Information
- Working Remotely
- General Privacy & Information Security Tips
Workplace Violence Prevention Training
All workers must know how to respond in a potentially threatening or violent situation. The Workplace Violence Prevention Training covers general personal security information. Departments may also have site specific procedures.
Supervisors are key players in the workplace and it is important that they are trained in their roles and responsibilities so that they can effectively carry them out. The Safety Supervision at UBC course covers the following topics with a specific focus on the responsibility of the supervisor:
- Legal Responsibilities and Due Diligence
- Orientation and Training
- Incident Investigation
Access Safety Supervision at UBC.
Depending on the nature of the lab, you may need to take any of the following training courses:
- Introduction to Lab Safety Training (only for individuals who will be supervised 100% of the time in the laboratory. Ex. Undergrad students and/or visitors)
- Chemical Safety Course (includes WHMIS 2015)
- Biological Safety Course
- Laser Safety and Program Development Training
- Radiation Safety Course
- TDG Receiving Class 7 Radioactive Materials Training
- TDG 7
- TDG 6.2
- Transportation of Dangerous Goods by Ground and Air
- Environment Management Training
- Hazardous Waste Management Refresher Course
- Hazardous Waste Manifest Training
In addition to completing the “Autoclave Training” course offered through Safety and Risk Management at: https://wpl.ubc.ca/, the Department of Zoology requires members that are planning on using autoclaves for their work, or research, to undergo in-department autoclave safety training.
Please contact Joanne Denny at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange safety training prior to using autoclaves.
For further autoclave safety resources, see below:
Zoology Botany Guideline for the Safe Use of Autoclaves
Autoclave Good Practices
Please check Autoclave Use and Safety for additional information