Training & Orientation

 

 

New & Young Worker Safety Orientation

The New & Young Worker Health & Safety Orientation is mandatory for all new employees hired to perform work at SFU.  SFU is required to provide workers with orientation and training about safe work procedures and how to recognize hazards on the job before they start work. The Orientation is provided in Canvas and topics such as hazard and incident reporting, roles & responsibilities, worker rights, health & safety committees, emergency response, working alone and workplace bullying & harassment will be covered.  The Job Specific Safety Orientation Checklist must also be completed.

Questions?  Please consult the New & Young Worker Safety Training FAQ. 

Supervisor Safety Training

The Supervisor Safety Training module is provided in Canvas and includes information on supervisor responsibilities, due diligence, hazard recognition, risk assessment, controlling hazards and safety culture. Guidance on completing the Job-Specific Safety Orientation with new hires is also provided.  This module is mandatory for all employees in a supervisory or managerial position.

Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG)

If you ship, receive or prepare paperwork to ship dangerous goods, regularly or sporadically, TDG training is mandatory. The university is required by law to limit this activity to personnel who are certified.

What are dangerous goods?

  • Flammable liquids
  • Acids/bases
  • Used oils

Laboratory Safety Training

Laboratory Safety Training is mandatory for all individuals working in a laboratory setting. This training is available at the beginning of each semester, three times per year and consists of ~ 12 hours of instruction, separated into five modules -General Laboratory Safety, Chemical Safety, Biosafety, Spill Response and Fire Safety. Individuals can register for all five modules, or select only those that are relevant to them. Please refer to the Lab Safety Manual for additional information. 

Laboratory Safety Training will take place in January 2018. Information on registration, training times and locations, and module registration will be available here shortly.

 

WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Material Information System)

WHMIS training is required by all employees who work where hazardous products are used, stored or handled. Examples of individuals requiring this training include trades staff, cleaners, researchers, and fine arts personnel performing tasks such as painting and photography. Please refer to WHMIS 2015 for more information.

An online WHMIS module is available to all SFU faculty, staff and students through Canvas. The module is aligned with the most recent version of WHMIS, known as WHMIS 2015.

 

 

Ergonomics

Ergonomics training focuses on prevention of musculoskeletal injuries by illustrating the safe handling of equipment and supplies, and workstation set-up. The training is customized to the task and the individual performing the task. For example for office workstations, proper set-up of the chair, work surface height, lighting and placement of other work tools are clarified.

 

 

Safety Committee Members

Individuals who are appointed as members of the local safety committees receive training in their role, participation in incident investigations and inspections and the reporting structure of the safety committee. The use and interpretation of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation and Safety Program requirements are also covered.

 

 

Fire Wardens and Building Evacuation Coordinators

Individuals who volunteer to assist in evacuating the work area during an emergency receive information on monitoring their work area to ensure fire egress routes remain clear, in evacuation procedures and their role in conveying critical information to Emergency First Responders. The training also includes fire extinguisher use.

 

 

First Aid Training

Level 1 Occupational first aid training is provided for volunteer fire wardens, BERT and EVT volunteers.  Wilderness first aid training is organized once per year for researchers working in the field. 

 

 

Respirator Use and Fit Testing

People who are required to work with chemicals that produce hazardous gases or vapours where engineering controls are not available, are required to use respirators. An example could be painters or students creating a theatre set. This training is provided as needed. Contact the Safety Advisor at 778.772.3867 or the Safety Assistant at 728.282.5935, or email carchesi@sfu.ca .

 

 

Trades Training

Training is provided for trades staff who are required to work in confined spaces, at heights above 3 meters, who handle asbestos, use forklifts etc. For more information on this type of training contact the Safety Advisor at 778.782.3867 or the Safety Assistant at 778.782.5935, or email carchesi@sfu.ca.

 

Radioisotope Safety Training

 

 

 

 

Radioisotope Safety Training for the use of radionuclides in research and teaching is offered every semester. Completion of the training course is mandatory for all faculty, staff and students who are new to SFU and who will be using radionuclides, regardless of previous training.

Radioisotope Safety Training will take place January, 2017. For more information or to register,  visit Radioisotope Safety Training.

 

 

X-ray Safety Training

Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that all personnel under their supervision who are working with X-ray generating equipment are trained. X-ray Safety Orientation and an accompanying quiz are available online. To complete the module, click here. For information or concerns, contact Kate Scheel, scheel@sfu.ca

 

Laser Safety Training

Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that all personnel under their supervision who are working with or near lasers are trained. Laser users may include operators, technicians, engineers, and service personnel. Certificates will be issued upon successful completion of a quiz. Hand-outs will be provided. For any comments/concerns and registration information, please email Monica Szczepina at mszczepi@sfu.ca. To register visit Laser Safety Training

 

 

 

The New & Young Worker Health & Safety Orientation is mandatory for all new employees hired to perform work at SFU.  This includes TAs, TMs, RAs, Sessional Instructors, Post Docs and Events staff.  SFU is required to provide workers with orientation and training about safe work procedures and how to recognize hazards on the job before they start work. Topics such as hazard and incident reporting, roles & responsibilities, worker rights, health & safety committees, emergency response, working alone and workplace bullying & harassment will be covered. Please note: New employees also have the option of completing the online version of the orientation at: https://canvas.sfu.ca/enroll/RR8WDW