Training & Compentency

Training is an important tool for informing workers, supervisors and managers about workplace hazards and controls so they can work more safely and be more productive. At the University of Alberta, effective training enhances the quality of research, teaching and learning efforts, and aids in the prevention of incidents that may result in injury, illness, or damage to property or to the environment.

Appropriate training based on the nature of hazards and departmental procedures must be provided to all new workers and students before they can engage in any activity in a given workplace in the Faculty. Training programs to consider include workplace task/hazard-specific training such as safe work procedures developed by each workplace and online training programs developed by the department of EHS for current and newly hired workers. Some programs to consider include:

Supervisory EHS Professional Development program

This program is available to technicians, instructors, and anyone else at the University of Alberta who directs the work of others or who has charge over a worksite. The program offers general awareness and practical strategies to promote a safe, healthy, and environmentally responsible workplace. Take the course! 


Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS)

The Alberta Health & Safety Code requires that employers provide WHMIS training to all workers who work with or in proximity to controlled products. Taking the online WHMIS course will constitute the generic portion of your WHMIS training. In order to meet the legislated training requirements, this generic training must be supplemented by worksite training addressing the specific hazards at the worksite. Take the course! 

Working safely at the U of A: A Guide to New OHS Legislation

The Department of Environment Health and Safety of the University of Alberta has developed an online safety awareness course that outlines the legislated rights of workers and how they apply to members of the university community. Topics covered in the course include:

  • Three basic rights of workers
  • Key points about work refusals
  • Recent changes to OHS legislation

Anyone who works at the university is encouraged to take this course.
The course is approximately 60 minutes in length. Print your certificate upon completion. Take the course!

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Records Management

Managing records is an important aspect of a health and safety management system. Supervisors must ensure that all training records, as well as inspections, audits and investigation reports, are properly organised, easily accessible and kept either as paper or electronic copies.