Regulations and Training


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Mandatory Training Courses

Listed below are courses offered through UBC Risk Management and VCH Research Institute.

  • WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) - Mandatory for all new staff, students and others who work in or access a research lab.
  • Introduction to Laboratory Safety Course (UBC) - Mandatory for all UBC summer students who may potentially be exposed to hazardous materials. This course fulfills the safety requirement for UBC summer work students, co-op students, or work-study students ONLY who are working under direct supervision. This course covers safety in UBC laboratories and is suitable for undergraduate students working or studying in UBC laboratories where hazardous materials are in use. Successful students will be knowledgeable about the Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS), biohazards, hazardous chemicals and radioactive materials. Completion of this course does NOT certify individuals to work unsupervised with biohazards, radioactive materials or hazardous chemicals. To work with these hazards independently, all persons must complete the appropriate hazard specific course (valid 60 months).
  • Laboratory Chemical Safety Course (UBC) - Mandatory for all faculty, staff, and students who handle hazardous materials. This course covers chemical hazards, WHMIS, safe handling of chemicals, storage, hazard recognition and control, waste management, and emergency response. An included practical session involves learning about Vancouver Fire Service’s HAZMAT team, spill clean up, decontamination procedures, and how to safely extinguish a fire (valid 60 months).
  • Laboratory Biological Safety Course (UBC) - Mandatory for all staff (Principle Investigators/Course Directors, faculty, staff and students) conducting work with materials designated Biohazard level II or greater. This course covers topics essential for working with all biohazards including risk factors, routes of transmission, containment facilities, personal protective equipment, inspections and reporting, decontamination/sterilization procedures, disposal and spill procedures, transportation, and the effective use of Biological Safety Cabinets. It is recommended that individuals re-take this course after 60 months to stay apprised of any changes in regulations.
  • Preventing and Addressing Bullying & Harassment (UBC) - Mandatory for all staff (Principle Investigators/Course Directors, faculty, staff and students, both UBC and VGH). New legislation requires that all UBC faculty and staff (including students employed by the University) receive training about new workplace bullying and harassment policies and how to recognize, prevent, and address workplace bullying and harassment. 
  • How to Deal with Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace (VCH) - Mandatory for all VCH staff (Principle Investigators/Course Directors, Faculty, Staff and Students employed by VCH.  The new legislation requires all VCH Faculty & Staff to receive training about the new workplace bullying and harassment policies and requirements on how to recognize, prevent and address workplace bullying and harassment.
  • Radionuclide Safety and Methodology Course (UBC) - Mandatory for all faculty, staff, and students working with radioactive materials. Must be completed prior to commencing work with radioactivity. This course covers fundamentals of radiation physics (in brief), with the emphasis placed on practical handling techniques, health hazards, record keeping, legal requirements, purchasing of isotopes, spill management and waste disposal. This course meets the basic training requirements of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (valid 60 months).
  • Laser Safety and Program Development Course (UBC) - The course is an online training course in the design and maintenance of an effective LASER Safety Program specific to the LASER hazards within each workplace. Participants will be encouraged to begin the steps of designing a safety program specific to the needs of their workplace. RMS will review the policies and procedures developed and these documents will become the operational standard in the worksites for which it was created.
  • TDG – Transportation of Dangerous Goods (UBC) - Mandatory for  all receivers and shippers of dangerous goods. UBC has courses that cover ground, air, infectious substances, and radioactive materials. 
  • Animal Care (UBC) - Mandatory for all personnel working with animals are required to complete the UBC animal care course.

Additional Training

  • Laboratory Safety Program Development - In order to address the health, safety and environmental challenges specific to laboratories, a Laboratory Safety Program has been developed to help to reduce this risk. Whether you are new to the concept of a laboratory safety program, or looking to enhance your existing safety program, the Department of Risk Management Services is now offering a two-day Laboratory Safety Program Development course for both UBC and non-UBC participants.
  • First Aid Level One Training - Intended for departmental first aid attendants. The First Aid Level 1 Course teaches the basics of first aid response in an emergency situation. Certification is from the WorkSafeBC and Saint John Ambulance, and is valid for two years. The course also includes CPR Level A certification, which is valid for one year.
  • Safety Committee Training - Intended for Safety Committee members and supervisors. Topics include accident prevention, effective committee operations, safety inspections, accident investigation, safety training and the role of the WorkSafeBC. Meets WorkSafeBC Safety Committee Training Requirements.
  • UBC Risk Management Training Courses - UBC Risk Management offers regularly scheduled training programs for University faculty, staff and students. Non-UBC personnel are welcome to take our courses. A fee is charged to non-UBC participants. Other courses that are periodically available include: safety supervision courses, asbestos awareness, back-talk, ergonomic assessment, respirator training, and WCB Claims Management.