Mandatory Training for All UBC Workers

As a new employee, a number of courses are mandatory to meet WorkSafeBC and UBC requirements. At UBC, a worker includes, Senior Executives, Faculty, Staff, and Student workers.

Mandatory Training for all Workers

New Worker Safety Orientation

The New Worker Safety Orientation covers general safety information that all workers must be aware of before beginning to work at UBC. Once the general safety course is complete, workers must also receive a site specific safety orientation as each area will have their own safety procedures (i.e. meeting area during a building evacuation, etc…). The first part is online and covers the following general safety topics:

  • Policy #7: University Safety
  • Employer, Supervisor and Employee Responsibilities
  • Worker Rights
  • Hazard Reporting
  • Resolving unsafe work situations
  • Reporting Accidents/Incidents
  • First Aid
  • Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS)
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Prevention of Bullying & Harassment
  • Violence Prevention
  • Emergency Procedures

The site specific safety orientation is required to be completed with your supervisor. A PART 2 Site Specific Safety Orientation is available to document the information reviewed.

Access New Worker Safety Orientation.

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Preventing and Addressing Workplace Bullying and Harassment Training

Workplace bullying and harassment has serious outcomes for employers and workers and as a result the training is mandatory. The Preventing and Addressing Workplace Bullying and Harassment Training is comprised of the following topics:

  • Defining workplace bullying and harassment
  • Recognizing workplace bullying and harassment
  • Identifying bullying and harassment
  • Describing the duties of employers, supervisors, and workers, with respect to workplace bullying and harassment
  • Responding to situations involving workplace bullying and harassment

Access Preventing and Addressing Workplace Bullying and Harassment Training.

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Workplace Violence Prevention Training

All workers must know how to respond in a potentially threatening or violent situation. The Workplace Violence Prevention Training covers general personal security information. Departments may also have site specific procedures.

Access Workplace Violence Prevention Training.
Access Active Shooter Preparedness Workshop.

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Mandatory Training for all Supervisors

Safety Supervision at UBC

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. The Safety Supervision at UBC course covers the following topics with a specific focus on the responsibility of the supervisor:

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

Access Safety Supervision at UBC.

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Program Specific Training Requirements

What training is required for working in a lab?

Depending on the nature of the lab, you may need to take any of the following training courses:

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What training is required for working in an industrial setting?

Workers can be at a risk of serious injury due to the nature of hazards involved in an industrial environment. Ask your supervisor or manager for the specific training required for your job duties.

Depending on the nature of the industrial setting and whether you ship or receive hazardous materials, you may need to take any of the following training courses:

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What training is required for working in an office setting?

If your work solely involves working in an office, you must complete the mandatory training. Job-specific training must be provided by your supervisor. It is important to recognize the importance of having a proper workstation and how that can aid in reducing the risk of musculoskeletal injuries. Use the Ergo your Office Guide to find out more.

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Job Specific Training Requirements

What training is required for job specific tasks?

Each role in the workplace has assigned tasks that require training specific to that worksite. Supervisors are responsible for task assignment and assessment of the training needed to complete those tasks safely and effectively.

While this job-specific training may be delivered by the supervisor or a trainer with demonstrated subject matter expertise, the supervisor retains responsibility for oversight of training and confirmation that an adequate level of proficiency has been attained. Signing off on an employee’s training completion testifies to demonstration of trainee competency and is a legally necessary demonstration of supervisory due diligence.

If a supervisor finds that an employee has not reached an adequate level of competency, further training must be done prior to sign off of the training record for that assessed requirement. A Job Specific Training Documentation Template is available to guide you in the documentation of staff training assessments and completion.

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