Training

Risk offers a wide variety of training designed to empower university community members with knowledge and skills to keep themselves and others safe. Some training is recommended for all employees, other training is developed for specific roles and tasks that require focused safety knowledge and preparation.     

Most Risk training offerings are offered through Enterprise Learning.


WellBeing and WorkLife Workshops

The Building Personal Resilience workshop examines emotional, social and physical wellness to help you learn strategies to increase your personal resilience so you are more prepared to navigate everyday activities and to deal with challenges, setbacks and change in your work and personal life.

The workshop will help participants:

  • Define resiliency
  • Understand factors that contribute to resilience
  • Learn personal strategies and practical activities to enhance resilience
  • Increase awareness of resources and supports

Building Personal Resilience is an optional course in the UAdvance program.

The Working Mind is targeted to general workplace audiences. The workshop aims to increase awareness of mental health, reduce the stigma of mental illnesses, and offer resources to maintain positive mental health and increase resiliency.  Equally important goals are to create a supportive environment, strengthen the organizational culture, and contribute to a healthy workplace.  

The Working Mind is an evidence-based program developed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada and is adapted from the Department of National Defence's Road to Mental Health Readiness programs. To learn more about the program, visit theworkingmind.ca and request a presentation for your faculty/unit.

  1. Employee Workshop

    The employee workshop is open to all University of Calgary employees and is 3.5 hours in length.  The workshop’s goal is to give you practical knowledge of mental health and mental illness so you can:

    • Recognize signs and symptoms in yourself and others

    • Reduce stigma and negative attitudes

    • Support colleagues with mental health problems

    • Maintain your own mental health and improve your resilience

    The employee workshop is an optional course in the UAdvance program.

  2. Manager Workshop

    The Manager Workshop is a full 7.0 hour day.  In addition to the goals of the employee workshop, you will also be able to:

    • Ensure you have the confidence, tools and resources to manage and support employees with mental illness
    • Recognize the effects of the stigma of mental illness and attempt to reduce its impact

    The manager workshop is part of the UManage program. The Working Mind manager workshop credit is equivalent to UManage module 9.

Foothills Campus: Room for Mindfulness Drop-In Sessions

Room for Mindfulness drop-in sessions are for people who have a regular mindfulness practice, or have attended a Room for Mindfulness Introduction session. The room will be free for 50 minutes on Wednesdays from 12:30 p.m. until 1:20 p.m. Some guidance will be provided, as will time for independent practice. People can stay for as short or as long as they would like and quietly come and go as they please. A bell will ring every 5 minutes. No registration is needed.

Date: Wednesdays, except the first Wednesday of each month
Time12:30 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.
Location: HSC 1464B (behind Theatre 3)

Emergency Preparedness Training

Classroom delivery

  • Recommended training for all employees

Learn the right way to use a fire extinguisher with hands-on learning on a state-of-the-art training tool equipped with sensors and a digital flame that goes out when you properly use the laser-driven infrared extinguisher.

Prerequisite: Fire Safety Training

Online delivery

  • Recommended training for all employees

Know how to prevent fires and be ready if a fire breaks out. Fire Safety Training teaches common causes of fire in the workplace, hazards to look out for, emergency procedures and how to respond when faced with a fire. You will also learn to recognize the different types of fires and fire extinguishers.

Classroom delivery

  • Recommended training for all employees

Naloxone Training is provided by Staff Wellness. Participants will learn to recognize and respond to the signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose and prepare yourself to save a life.

Training covers: signs of an overdose, rescue breathing, preparing and administering an intramuscular naloxone injection, and assessing naloxone response. Participants will receive a free naloxone kit as part of the Alberta Health Services Community Based Naloxone Program

Register below for our scheduled offerings or book individual sessions — employees email staffwellness@ucalgary.ca, students call Student Wellness Services at 403.210.9355. 

  1. Main Campus

    Register for training at main campus

  2. Foothills Campus

    Register for training at Foothills campus

Classroom delivery

  • Recommended training for all employees 

Own your personal safety and learn how to respond to threats and active assailant situations. We’ll cover important information about UC Emergency Mobile, and the other UCalgary resources in place to ensure students, faculty, staff and guests are safe in our community.

Classroom delivery

  • Recommended training for all employees working in shoulder to shoulder or with those who may be in direct contact with actively sick members of the campus community

The PPE Train the Trainer Program is provided by Staff Wellness. Participants will learn to select, inspect, don, and doff appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for their level of risk. This program allows employees to learn how to use PPE safely. After successful completion of this course, the employee can teach other colleagues how to use PPE using our training resources.

Training covers: How infection is spread, selecting appropriate PPE, hand washing, donning PPE, doffing PPE, and how to train others. 

If you're interested in registering email staffwellness@ucalgary.ca or call Staff Wellness at 403.220.2918.

Online delivery

  • Recommended Training for all Calgarians

Ready Calgary is a community preparedness program developed by the Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) for the citizens of Calgary. It has been designed to inform, educate and build resiliency to the impacts of emergencies. The course encourages safety at home, in the workplace, neighbourhood and community. Become a leader in your community and help empower a resilient network of prepared citizens.

Classroom delivery

  • Recommended training for all employees

Learn to effectively use the 80+ Stop the Bleed Kits located across campus, and empower yourself to save a life during an uncontrolled bleeding emergency.

This hands-on training session uses theatrical blood and wound simulators, and rehearses scenarios that some people may find upsetting — use discretion when choosing to participate and wear appropriate clothing.  

Prerequisite: Personal Safety Awareness Training 

Due to the current COVID-19 situation and resultant work from home mandate the Emergency Warden program does not function as intended and has been suspended.

Online delivery

  • Required training for all Emergency Wardens and Senior Emergency Wardens

Emergency Warden Training reviews evacuation procedures and describes in detail the responsibilities and duties of warden volunteers during an emergency. Learners have seven days to complete the training once they begin and they must achieve at least 80 percent on the test for successful completion.

Orientation and Training

This online course is intended to supplement the University's Asbestos Management Plan by providing asbestos awareness training.  This course is designed to provide information to University personnel who work in areas or buildings where asbestos-containing materials are present, as well as University personnel who may not conduct asbestos related work but are interested in learning more about asbestos.

Course Delivery: Online

Course Duration: 20 minutes

Target Audience:

  • Mandatory training for university employees completing work activities that may impact or be adjacent to asbestos-containing material.
  • Optional training for university employees and students who would like to become informed about asbestos.
  1. Biosafety (Program) Training

    The Biosafety Program is designed to promote and monitor compliance with acts, regulations, directives, standards and guidelines. 

    Course Delivery: Online

    Course Duration: 30 minutes 

    Target Audience: 

    • Mandatory training for all persons directing or involved in the handling and storage of biohazards for research and teaching purposes.
    • Optional training for university employees and students who would like to become informed about the biosafety program.

    This course is equivalent to prior versions called Biosafety (Biohazard Handling) Training, Biosafety Laboratory Training, Biosafety (Introduction) Training, and Biosafety 1.

  2. Biosafety (Bloodborne Pathogens) Training

    Blood and certain other body fluids may contain microorganisms that cause disease in humans. To minimize the risk of infection, it is important that you know how these bloodborne pathogens are spread, how to avoid exposure and what steps you should take if you are exposed.

    Course Delivery: Online

    Course Duration: 30 minutes 

    Target Audience: 

    • Mandatory for University employees handling specific bloodborne pathogens or human cell lines, tissues, body fluids and/or other potentially infectious material that may contain bloodborne pathogens.

    Prerequisite: Biosafety (Program) Training

  3. Biosafety (Annual Refresher) Training

    Online delivery

    • Required training for all persons directing or involved in the handling and storage of biohazards for research and teaching purposes.

    Equivalent Versions: Effective as of Feb. 23 2018, this course underwent a delivery (not content) revision in an effort to improve learner accessibility. Previous completion(s) are valid.

    Availability: This course is currently unavailable until further notice.

Online delivery

  • Required training for all contracted workers who perform work or intend to perform work on university owned or leased facilities.

This course is designed to assist workers who perform tasks that require the Control of Hazardous Energy to lock out or isolate equipment, machinery or processes.

Course Delivery: Online

Course Duration: 60 minutes 

Target Audience:

  • Mandatory for all University workers who complete tasks which require control of hazardous energy for lockout or isolation.

The University of Calgary is committed to creating a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment for working and learning. To honour these commitments and in compliance with Alberta legislation, Environment, Health & Safety has developed a mandatory Harassment and Violence Awareness Training course. Enrolment emails are sent to faculty and staff with the link to the course.

Course Delivery: Online

Course Duration - 35 minutes

 

More information

Note: If you have not received your enrolment email and believe you have been missed, please speak with your manager. If you are experiencing issues completing the course, please contact ucsafety@ucalgary.ca

 

  1. Hazard Assessment Training

    Hazards exist in every workplace. To prevent illness and injury in the workplace these hazards must be identified, assessed and controlled. Hazard assessment is a process to identify health and safety hazards that are associated with specific tasks that make up a job. It also determines the risks presented by these hazards and detailed methods to control or reduce these risks.

    Course Delivery: Online

    Course Duration: 45 minutes

    Target Audience:

    • Mandatory training for all University Employees, Supervisors and Managers
  2. Hazard Assessment Workshop

    Classroom delivery

    • Required training for supervisors and managers who complete Hazard Assessment and Control Forms (HACF) and Field Level Hazard Assessments (FLHA).

    Prerequisite: The online Hazard Assessment Training course is a prerequisite and must be completed prior.

The University strives to control excessive noise levels; however, certain locations and/or operations may expose personnel to significant noise levels. This training aims to provide awareness for workers to understand the nature of the noise hazard they are exposed to and how to conserve hearing.  

Course Delivery: Online

Course Duration: 30 minutes

Target Audience: 

  • Mandatory training for University employees who are exposed to noise at or above an 8-hour time-weighted average (TWA) of 82 dBA, or 80 dBA TWA for a 12 hour shift, and for employees who work in areas with noise levels at or above 85 dBA. 
  • Optional training for university employees and students who would like to become informed about hearing conservation.

All work-related accidents, incidents, and occupational illnesses are required to be reported and investigated. Responsibilities for reporting and investigating have been defined for employees, supervisors and managers in the University's Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS). 

Course Delivery: Online

Course Duration: 35 minutes 

Target Audience: 

  • Mandatory training for all University supervisors and managers, as well as all employees who participate in conducting incident investigations.

 

  1. Laboratory Safety Training

    Online Delivery

    • Required training* for all university employees, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows working in laboratories.

    Prerequisite: WHMIS 2015

  2. Lab Safety for Non-lab Employees Training

    Coming Soon!

Portable ladders are one of the handiest, simplest tools that we use. However, careless or improper ladder usage results in many accidents and fatalities each year. This online course has been designed to ensure workers understand the rules of ladder safety and how to use a ladder safely and effectively.

This online course will cover the hazards associated with ladder use, types of ladders, ladder ratings, selecting the correct ladder, setting up your ladder, using ladders safely and the requirements for maintaining, inspecting and storing ladders.

Course Delivery: Online

Course Duration: 30 minutes

Target Audience: 

  • Mandatory training for university employees who use portable or fixed ladders for work activities.
  • Optional training for university employees and students who would like to become informed about ladder safety.

In-lab session delivery

  • Required training* for all university employees and students working with Class 3b and 4 Lasers in University of Calgary facilities or laboratories.

Contact the Radiation Safety Officer at radsafe@ucalgary.ca.

All employees at the University of Calgary have a shared responsibility for maintaining a safe and healthy work and learning environment. As a part of the University's Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS), responsibilities for health and safety have been defined for employees, supervisors and managers.

Course Delivery: Online

  1. Module 1 - Coming Soon!

    The Occupational Health and Safety Orientation Module 1, is a mandatory general OHS orientation for all University of Calgary employees. 

    Course Duration: 45 minutes

    Target Audience:

    • Mandatory training for all University employees, supervisors and managers.
  2. Module 2 - Coming Soon!

    The Occupational Health and Safety Orientation Module 2, is an optional course for Supervisors and Managers to review roles and responsibilities for these roles within the safety management system. This second module will be available in January of 2021.

    Course Duration: 45 minutes

    Target Audience:

    • Optional training for all University supervisors and managers.

Blended delivery

  • Required training* for all university employees and students working with radioisotopes for research and/or teaching purposes.

This training does not apply to Gamma cell users — contact the Radiation Safety Officer at radsafe@ucalgary.ca.

Many workplaces contain airborne hazards that you may not be able to see or smell. Inhaling these can affect your health. This online course has been designed to ensure that workers learn to recognize airborne hazards and know how to protect themselves. This course will cover information on the types of airborne hazards, how the respiratory system works, respirator types and selection, proper use of a respirator, fit testing, respirator inspection, cleaning and storage, limitations of respirators and employee responsibilities.

Course Delivery: Online

Course Duration: 30 minutes

Target Audience: 

  • Mandatory training for university employees where a respirator has been identified for use during work activities. Completion of this course is a prerequisite for respiratory fit testing.*
  • Optional training university employees and students who would like to become informed about respiratory protection.

Online delivery

  • Required training* for all university employees and students who handle, offer for transport, or transport dangerous goods as defined in the Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Regulations.

 

  1. Volunteer Coordinator OHS Orientation

    Online delivery

    • Required training for all university volunteer coordinators.

    Volunteer Coordinator Occupational Health and Safety Instructions

  2. Volunteer OHS Orientation

    Online delivery

    • Required training for all university university volunteers.

    Volunteer Occupational Health and Safety Instructions

This course covers the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) which is the chemical hazard communication system for workplaces in Canada, which ensures that people have the information they need to work safely with chemicals and hazardous materials. 

WHMIS training is a legislative requirement for all people who work with or around controlled products such as chemicals and biohazardous materials. Canada has aligned the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS), and this course will discuss the requirements coming from this alignment. This course provides attendees the information on how this system works in their day to day activities. WHMIS training from organizations other than the University of Calgary is not recognized. 

Course Delivery: Online

Course Duration: 35 minutes
 
Target Audience: 

  • Mandatory for those who work with a hazardous product, or who may be exposed to a hazardous product as part of their work activities must learn about the hazard information for these products. 

All employees at the University of Calgary have a shared responsibility for maintaining a safe and healthy work environment. As part of the University's Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS), responsibilities for health and safety have been defined for employees, supervisors and managers.

Formal inspections provide a way to identify and correct potentially hazardous conditions at the workplace. All individuals who conduct inspections need to be trained and familiar with the work areas being inspected.

The purpose of the this training is to inform university employees about the inspection processes at the University of Calgary and how to meet the requirements of the University's OHSMS.

Course Delivery: Online

Course Duration: 30 minutes

Target Audience:

  • Mandatory for all university employees, supervisors and managers conducting inspections.
  • Optional training for university employees and students who would like to become informed about workplace inspections.

In-lab session delivery

  • Required training* for all university employees and students working with x-ray emitting devices in University of Calgary facilities or laboratories.

Contact the Radiation Safety Officer at radsafe@ucalgary.ca.