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This course is roughly 30 minutes in duration and covers what an accident/incident is, how to correctly perform an investigation, and introduces the trainee to the UBC Centralized Accident Incident Reporting System (CAIRS).  The course walks through a step by step process of how to investigate an incident using an example.  It emphasizes root causes and making effective corrective actions to prevent similar incidents from happening again.  The following topics are covered in the course:

  • What is an Accident/Incident?
  • What to Investigate?
  • Who Investigates?
  • How to Investigate?
  • When to Investigate?
  • Introduction to UBC Centralized Accident/Incident Reporting System (CAIRS)

The University Biosafety Committee requires successful completion of the UBC Laboratory Biological Safety Course for all personnel working with Risk Group 1, 2 or 3. The intent of this requirement is not only to ensure compliance with university regulations, but more specifically, to prevent exposure of its employees to biohazards. This applies to all principal investigators/course directors, faculty, staff and students conducting work with these materials.

While staff may have received biosafety training from other institutes, they must complete the UBC Biosafety course so that they are aware of the protocols specific to UBC.

As the primary factor in the prevention of laboratory accidents and laboratory associated infections is fully trained faculty and staff, it is important that all staff are appropriately trained in the proper procedures of handling biological materials.

Note: All laboratory safety courses are free for UBC and UBC-affiliated personnel, but all other registrants will be charged a fee of $250 before they can obtain their certificate.


This course is roughly 1hr - 1.5hrs in duration.  It is comprised of two components.  The online training will cover: 

  • UBC Chemical Safety Program and applicable Legislation
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) 
  • Chemical Hazards, Storage and Handling 
  • Laboratory Controls 
  • Hazardous Waste Management 
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods
  • Emergency Response

A practical session follows the online course. In the practical session, the participant will perform a spill clean up, learn decontamination procedures and will practice chemical segregation for safe storage.

Note: All laboratory safety courses are free for UBC and UBC-affiliated personnel, but all other registrants will be charged a fee of $250 before they can obtain their certificate.

This safety orientation is only for members of UBC Engineering Design Teams. It does not replace or act as an equivalent to any other RMS Safety Course. It is necessary for it to be completed by any EDT member before access to design workshops/spaces is granted.

This course is roughly 15 minutes in duration and covers roles and responsibilities of a Floor Warden.  It also covers fire and evacuation procedures, personal safety considerations, different types of fire extinguishers, and earthquake safety procedures. You must attain a grade of 80% or greater on the quiz to pass the course.

This course, which covers safety in UBC laboratories, is suitable for undergraduate students working or studying in UBC laboratories where hazardous materials are in use.

All UBC summer students who may potentially be exposed to hazardous materials, are required to take this safety course. 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 is a condensed version of the Biological Safety Training Course designed for and restricted to Principal Investigators. Successful completion of this course will meet the UBC Biosafety Advisory Committee's requirement that all Biosafety Permit Holders have a current UBC Biosafety Training Certificate. This course is not intended for students, or any other laboratory members and will not meet the training requirements for them. 

The LASER Safety and Program Development 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.

Topics Include:

  • LASER energy generation
  • organs at risk and the potential consequences of accidental exposure
  • LASER hazard classifications
  • hazards incidental to LASER generation are addressed
  • elements of an effective LASER safety program

Note: This course has been updated and the new version is available here.

Anyone who is currently registered in this old version of the course can continue working through it, but it will become unavailable on April 24, 2016 and anyone who still has not completed the course by that date will have to complete the new version.

Note: This course has been updated and the new version is available here. 

Anyone who is currently registered in this old version of the course can continue working through it, but it will become unavailable on August 10, 2016 and anyone who still has not completed the course by that date will have to complete the new version.




Note: This course has been updated and the new version can be accessed here

This course covers the roles and responsibilities of being a Floor Warden and includes fire and evacuation procedures, personal safety considerations, different types of fire extinguishers, and earthquake safety procedures. The online course consists of two modules, a) fire and evacuation and b) earthquake safety. Each module ends with a quiz. You must attain a grade of 75% or greater on the quizzes to pass the course.

Note: This course has been updated and the new version is available here.

This course meets the basic training requirements of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and consists of an on-line component containing 7 modules, with a quiz associated with each section.  A final exam reviews all course material.  The fundamentals of radiation physics are covered and emphasis is placed on practical handling techniques, health hazards, legal requirements, record keeping and waste disposal.  Spill management is addressed in the practical session.

Upon completion of the on-line modules students who have not previously taken the Radiation Safety Course are required to sign up for a laboratory practical session.  These are currently scheduled in January, May and September.  Additional sessions may be offered if warranted by demand.  Failure to complete both the on-line and practical session components precludes certification.

The completion of the course is mandatory for all faculty, staff, visiting scientists and students prior to using radioactive materials at UBC.

A certificate is awarded to those individuals who successfully complete the course.  The passing grade is 100%. Certification is valid for a period of 5 years.  

The purpose of this 20-minute training is to increase your awareness for hazard identification systems that can be found at UBC. Employees who may be exposed to a hazardous product in the course of his or her work activities must be educated and trained in WHMIS.  Since fire extinguishers classify as hazardous products, it is probable that a non-laboratory employee (e.g. employees in an office environment) can be exposed to this hazardous product in the event of a fire and thus are required to be educated and trained in WHMIS. The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) is Canada's national hazard communication standard. Additionally, other hazard identification systems such as Asbestos Labels are found around UBC and all employees should be familiar with these too.  The topics covered in this online training session are:

o    Asbestos  

o    Consumer Products

o    WHMIS

This course applies to all persons directing or involved in the handling or storage of radioactive materials for research and teaching purposes.  The course covers the basics of radiation safety to ensure the safe and knowledgeable use of radiation sources and devices in research.  

All new workers must receive appropriate training and orientation in the hazards of their work sites and the procedures that must be followed to safely perform their work. The University's Safety Policy #7 requires that administrative heads of units ensure that all persons working or studying within their unit are trained in and follow all environmental and safety procedures.

WorkSafeBC requires all UBC Faculty & Staff (including students employed by the University) to receive training about the new workplace bullying and harassment policies and requirements on how to recognize, prevent, and address workplace bullying & harassment.

Participants completing this training will be able to:

  • Define workplace bullying and harassment
  • Recognize workplace bullying and harassment
  • Identify behaviours that do not constitute bullying and harassment
  • Describe the duties of employers, supervisors, and workers, with respect to workplace bullying and harassment.
  • Respond to situations involving workplace bullying and harassment

Faculty of Medicine MD program students only: WorkSafeBC requires all UBC Faculty & Staff (including students employed by the University) to receive training about the new workplace bullying and harassment policies and requirements on how to recognize, prevent, and address workplace bullying, harassment, and mistreatment in the learning environment. This course is designed for the MD program students.

Questions related to this course may be directed to paul.gill@ubc.ca 


This course is roughly 15-20 minutes in duration and is required under WorkSafeBC regulations for all UBC workers including Executives, Faculty, Staff, Student Workers and Student on Practicum or Clinical Placement. The following topics are covered in the course:

  • Definition of Workplace Violence and WorkSafeBC requirements
  • Factors that may put Workers at Higher Risk for Workplace Violence
  • General Security Tips
  • Violence Prevention & Response
  • Aftercare Support
  • Reporting Workplace Violence

This workshop is designed to prepare UBC students, faculty, staff to respond to an active shooter on campus

This course was developed by RMS Environmental Services to address environmental risk mitigation for the potential environmental impact of activities in various UBC departments and operations areas.

This course is designed for STAFF and FACULTY of UBC. It is not an academic course for students.

The course demonstrates UBC's strong commitment to environmental compliance as prescribed by UBC Policy #6 - Environmental Protection Compliance and UBC Policy #9 - Hazardous Materials Management.

This training is implemented to ensure individuals are aware of their responsibilities and emergency procedures and are competent to perform their jobs in a way that minimizes all potentially adverse environmental impacts.

Each course consists of the online component containing one or more modules, followed by a short quiz. A certificate is awarded to those individuals who successfully complete the course. Recertification is recommended after a period of 3 years.

Instructions to access the training can be found HERE.

This course will refresh you on information about reducing environmental impact, and properly disposing of various hazardous waste streams. Note: this module does not replace the Laboratory Chemical Safety course.

The Hazardous Waste Regulation of British Columbia governs all aspects of managing hazardous wastes (handling, transportation, storage, treatment and disposal). This regulation includes the manifest requirements of the BC Environmental Management Act, the federal Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Act and Regulations, and other related regulations. Training for all personnel who handle hazardous waste is provided at UBC as part of the laboratory chemical safety course training and through workplace training.

The Hazardous Waste Manifest Training is an additional requirement for any person that must sign a manifest as part of their job tasks. This course is only intended for UBC employees who ship hazardous waste directly from their department or facility, located on-campus and off-campus. It is not intended for all lab personnel and/or students.

GREEN LABS Program offers themed information sessions and free lunch during some academic quarters. Your name is entered to win fantastic prizes each time you participate. Stay tuned for the next info session.

Find out more from our Get Involved webpage.

During each academic year quarter the GREEN LABS Program offers themed and informative events like this Lunch & Learn for you to get involved. Your name is entered to win fantastic prizes every time you participate

Join us for interesting topics and a free lunch!

Register Now!

Find out more from our Get Involved webpage.


During each academic year quarter the GREEN LABS Program offers themed and informative events like this Tour for you to get involved. Your name is entered to win fantastic prizes every time you participate.

Seating and registration is limited so first come first serve. Please direct any questions to green.labs@ubc.ca

Find out more from our Get Involved webpage.


The purpose of this training session to ensure respirators used by employees at the University of British Columbia (UBC) provide effective protection against hazardous airborne contaminants (laboratory animal allergens, gases, mists, aerosols) to which they may be exposed and  to ensure an adequate seal is reached between the respirator and the face.

Training includes use of respirator, limitations, proper wearing .