Safety Training

From work-site safety orientation for new workers to formal training for certification, safety education is integral to your work and career.

Supervisors are responsible for ensuring you are informed of safety risks and hazards and are provided with the training to do your job safely. Specific training items are referred to in the Workers Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.

The Learning Centre presents courses in some safety topics, but each workplace will also have specific requirements. Safety training opportunities are outlined below:

Ergonomics

Employee and supervisor education and training in ergonomics reduce workplace injuries. 

Every workplace should have an in-house ergonomic assessor to help with workstation setups and evaluations. The Learning Centre offers the online Ergonomics Training and Assessment Program and the one-day BCGEU/BC Public Service Agency jointly facilitated course, Office Ergonomics Risk Assessment.

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Accident Investigations

Accident investigations are an important tool in workplace illness and injury prevention. Following an accident, investigators gather key pieces of information and try to identify contributing causes and root factors. The Learning Centre offers two accident investigation courses:

  • Incident Investigations for Line Managers and Supervisors
  • Incident Investigations

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Emergency Wardens Orientation

This introduction to emergency preparedness, response plan requirements and hazard identification clarifies your roles as a member of an emergency response team. Watch the Emergency Wardens Orientation. See Emergency Wardens.

OHS – Joint Committee Training

A Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee (JOHSC) monitors the workplace safety program and ensures open communication between workers and the employer on safety issues.

The Learning Centre offers a BCGEU/BC Public Service Agency jointly facilitated two-day occupational health and safety committee training course.The course goes over the safety roles and responsibilities of those employees (and alternates) appointed to the JOHSC and should be completed within six months of their appointment.

After the initial training, committee members are entitled to annual educational leave of eight hours per year for continued safety learning.

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Hazardous Exposure

Some workplaces have hazardous materials that are restricted, controlled or prohibited by federal legislation. In these workplaces, WorkSafeBC requires Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS 2015) training and education. 

The basic WHMIS 2015 training e-course is made up of five modules. Topics include the hazards of controlled products and where to get information about them, how to protect yourself and co-workers and what to do if a spill occurs. The final module is an online quiz. If you have a passing score of 70 percent or above, a certificate will appear on-screen for you to print off and present to your supervisor. If you fail the quiz, review the WHMIS 2015 training materials and try again.

New & Young Worker Training

A "new" worker is any worker who is

  • New to the workplace
  • Returning to a workplace where the hazards in that workplace have changed during the worker's absence
  • Affected by a change in the workplace hazards
  • Relocated to a new workplace if the hazards in that workplace are different from the hazards in the worker's previous workplace

A "young" worker is any worker who is under twenty-five years of age.  

WorkSafeBC requires all employers to provide appropriate orientation and training to new and young workers. The orientation and training provided depend on workplace circumstances.

A new hire will require a complete orientation before beginning work.

A returning worker will require information on new hazards and possibly a review of other items on the orientation checklist.

An existing employee will require additional training when a change to the workplace environment or processes creates additional hazards.

The New Worker Orientation Guidelines (PDF, 70KB) includes a checklist of items that must be included in the training and can be further customized to your workplace. See the WorkSafeBC requirements for young and new worker orientation and training.

Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) Violence Prevention Seminar: Practical Skills

This course will assist workplaces in meeting some of the requirements of the Workers Compensation Board Occupational Safety and Health Regulation. This course is designed to provide staff with skills and training to deal with the risk of potential violence in the workplace. It is highly recommended for employees dealing directly with the public.

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