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This course is for Engineering Design Team member ONLY and is mandatory for those member to gain access to their design spaces. This replaces the 2017-2018 version.

This course is split into 9 modules that outline how to transport dangerous goods by both ground and air. The modules are based on Transport Canada's Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations and International Air Transport Association's Dangerous Goods Regulations.

The purpose of the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) program is to inform employees about hazardous products used in the workplace through a combination of warning labels, hazard symbols, safety data sheets and training.

WHMIS at UBC ensures workers understand the WHMIS system, know the hazards of the products they work with, know and apply the safe work procedures specific to their jobs and tasks, and know how to respond in an emergency.

WHMIS 2015 at UBC is in based on regulations defined by WorksafeBC WHMIS.

The following topics are covered in this course:

  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System 2015 (WHMIS)
  • Consumer products
  • Other Hazardous Material Identification

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.

The Floor Warden Training Course has two options, Option 1 and Option 2.  

  • Option 1 is completely online and takes approximately 15 min.  
  • Option 2 is in person, tailored to your area and takes approximately 1 hour in duration.  

Course content is the same regardless of the option you choose and covers:

  • The Roles and Responsibilities of a Floor WWarden
  • Fire and Evacuation Procedures
  • Personal Safety Considerations
  • Different types of fire extinguishers
  • Earthquake Safety Procedures

You do NOT need to complete BOTH the online floor warden training course AND the in person session.  Completing either or is sufficient for floor warden training.  

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

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

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.

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

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!

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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.

This workshop will cover the topics below for 30 min and then be followed by a 30 min Question Answer period. 

  • What is CAIRS?
  • What does CAIRS do?
  • Use of CAIRS for tracking and completion
  • Use of Personal Settings tab and filters
  • Generate statistics and reports


This workshop will cover the topics below for 30 min and then be followed by a 30 min Question Answer period. 

  • Supervisor Reports and Time Loss fields
  • Worker Reports
  • Visitor/Contractor and Person Reported To/Witness Reports
  • How the forms interact and notify people


This workshop will cover the topics below for 30 min and then be followed by a 30 min Question Answer period. 

  • Pertinent Updates
  • JOHSC and LST roles
  • Notifications to the JOHSC and LST
  • JOHSC and LST follow up items and recommendations
  • Internal Review and quality check boxes



A review of the functions of the Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee (JOHSC) and Local Safety Team (LST) SharePoint site. Learn how to add members and documents and get the most out of your site. This course is recommended for Co-Chairs and Administrators of the JOHSC as well as LST, and is open to all Committee members.

Note: 

  • Sessions with enrollment below 4 persons will be cancelled and rescheduled.

JOHSC Administrators play an important part in the Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee (JOHSC). We understand that it can be challenging to take on the role of JOHSC Administrator, so this course is designed to help ease this stress. This course will help you understand the importance of your role, provide you with tips and techniques for proper minute taking, familiarize you with CAIRS and SharePoint, as well as arm you with resources to help make your duties as efficient as possible.

Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee (JOHSC) Fundamentals Training needs to be completed within 6 months of becoming a JOHSC Member.  This course is Part 1 of 2 of the JOHSC Fundamentals Training and is delivered entirely in-person.

The Part 1: General Information course covers the following topics: 

  • WorkSafeBC Introduction
  • JOHSC Structure for UBC Vancouver
  • Law and Policy
  • JOHSC Roles and Responsibilities
  • Safety Issues for the JOHSC
  • Conducting a JOHSC  meeting 
  • JOHSC Evaluation

Note: 

  • Sessions with enrollment below 4 persons will be cancelled and rescheduled.

JOHSC Fundamentals Training needs to be completed within 6 months of your first JOHSC meeting attended.  This course is Part 1 of 2 of the JOHSC Fundamentals Training and is entirely online. A JOHSC Fundamentals training workbook complete with PowerPoint slides will be provided during the in-person session. If you would like additional resources, you may print the optional JOHSC Fundamentals Participant Guide.pdf as well.Please note that this guide does not contain any information that is not covered in the session.

The Part 1: General Information course covers the following topics: 

  • WorkSafeBC Introduction
  • JOHSC Structure for UBC Vancouver
  • Law and Policy
  • JOHSC Roles and Responsibilities
  • Safety Issues for the JOHSC
  • Conducting a JOHSC  meeting 
  • JOHSC Evaluation

Note: 

  • The course is designed to assist faculty, staff and student workers with constrained schedules to be better able to obtain this mandatory training. 
  • Please make an effort to attend the in-person training and use this course as a last resort 

JOHSC Fundamentals Training needs to be completed within 6 months of your first JOHSC meeting attended.  This course is Part 2 of 2 of the JOHSC Fundamentals Training.  This course is delivered entirely in-person.

The Part 2: Inspections and Accident/Incident Investigations and Reporting course covers the following topics.

  • Conducting an Inspection
  • Conducting an Incident Investigation
  • Reporting an Incident

Note: 

  • Sessions with enrollment below 4 persons will be cancelled and rescheduled

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.  This course is approximately 45 minutes in duration.  It consists of 3 x 15 min modules that will cover the following topics with a specific focus on the responsibility of the supervisor:

  • Legal Responsibilities and Due Diligence
  • Orientation and Training
  • Incident Investigation 

Note: This is a mandatory course for all UBC employees who have supervisory roles and responsibilities 

The Local Safety Team (LST) Training consists of two parts.  Part 1 is a 45min - 1hour online module and will cover general information such as roles and responsibilities and safety team effectiveness.  Part 1 must be completed in advance of Part 2.  Part 2 is a 2 hour in person practical component of the LST training course focused on inspections and investigations.  Both parts of the course must be completed for successful completion of the course.  These two parts of the training will arm the LSTs with the knowledge to complete health and safety tasks in their respective areas.


Note: Sessions with enrollment below 4 persons will be cancelled and rescheduled.