Engineering Environment, Health, and Safety

Training and Access

This is the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering safety resources page. Here you will find department safety policies and requirements.

Laboratory Training and Access Requirements

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) has assigned training requirements to each laboratory/research space, based on the type of hazards present in that space.

Training

Training requirements vary between Laboratories. A properly done and approved Hazard Assessment will set the training requirements for the space. Please check with the PI or Safety coordinator to find out the requirements for your lab.

Laboratory Specific Orientation (required for every lab)

Lab-specific safety training/orientation is offered by the principal investigator (PI) of the research project or his/her designated supervisor. This orientation covers general safety information, working alone policies, PPE requirements, locations of safety equipment, and safe operating procedures for the lab. Once this orientation is complete, the PI (or designate) along with the student will sign-off on a training record form to document this.

Additional training

Depending on the nature of your research additional courses may be required. You can check the requirements for you lab with your supervisor or on the department’s Required Training Spreadsheet. There are many online training courses available to members of campus through EH&S including:

Field Work

Individuals planning on doing fieldwork should start by taking the course on Field Activities Plan offered by Environment, Health, and Safety's Field Research Office. For more information and assistance on field research please contact fieldoff@ualberta.ca.

Supervisory Training

Any individuals directing the work of others including (but not limited to) all principle investigators (professors), designated laboratory safety coordinators, and laboratory supervisors are required to take Supervisory EHS Professional Development Course.


Access

To gain access to a laboratory space/research space in Electrical & Computer Engineering, you are required to complete the Laboratory Safety orientation & training record from. Please note that labs with keys, also require a refundable key deposit to be paid by you, card swipe access does not require a deposit.

Bring the completed form and your key deposit to ECE reception on the 11th Floor of Donadeo Innovation Center for Engineering. The reception team will provide you with a key or activate the card swipe access. 

The laboratory safety orientation and training record form should be completed by the Laboratory Safety Coordinator. No Laboratory Keys should be issued to a Student until the Safety Requirements are met and documented in this sheet. This sheet is to be kept as a Training Log by the Laboratory Safety Coordinator, in the Laboratory Space, as long as the Student will be using the laboratory.

The ECE Required Training spreadsheet lists the room numbers, supervisors, their safety designates, planned self-inspection frequency, and training requirements for unsupervised access.

You must at all times follow the laboratory usage policy and use the required personal protective equipment (PPE) to work in the laboratory space.

The Shared Chemical Preparation Lab has a separate access form, please refer to the Chemical Preparation website for more information