Environment and Safety Training

Training and competency is one element of the Health, Safety, and Environment Management System (HSEMS), which is a framework of policy, procedure, and program-level documents in support of safe working and learning activities at the University of Alberta. 

U of A senior administrators, supervisors, staff, and students conducting university-related activities be trained and competent to do so. Review the Training and Competency Assignment of Accountability and Procedure to learn more.

What do I need to do before I start work?

1. Take the training

To determine your HSE training needs:

1. Together with your supervisor, conduct a hazard assessment of your work activities.

2. Based on the hazards you've identified (and associated regulatory requirements), complete the appropriate HSE training and document the training. You must complete training BEFORE starting work, so be sure to give yourself enough time. You may require safety training that is not offered by HSE; contact other training providers to schedule your course. 

3. Need training where no course exists?

  • Together with your supervisor, determine what skills/competencies you require for your role
  • Find a person to describe and demonstrate those competencies
  • Practice the skill/competency regularly until you and your supervisor feel comfortable
  • Demonstrate and document the skill/competency as described below
2. Demonstrate competency

Before you start work, you must be able to demonstrate competency in your new skill. It is your supervisor's responsibility to ensure (and document) that you've 1) completed the online or classroom training, 2) practiced the skill while supervised, and 3) can demonstrate the skill without assistance.

Have questions about establishing competency? Ask HSE.

3. Print your certificate

For most courses, you can print your own certificate after you complete all assignments and assessments.

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