Safety training

Last updated: February 25, 2022

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 informing you of safety risks and hazards and ensuring that you 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 PSA Learning System (IDIR restricted) 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, OHS Office Ergonomics Risk Assessment.

Register at the PSA Learning System (IDIR restricted).

Accident investigations

Accident prevention and investigations are important tools 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 this accident investigation course:

  • OHS Incident Investigations

Register at the PSA Learning System (IDIR restricted).

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.

Register for the Emergency Wardens Training (IDIR restricted) webinar.

Review Emergency wardens on Careers & MyHR for more information about the roles and responsibilities.

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 2-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 6 months of their appointment.

After the initial training, committee members are entitled to annual educational leave of 8 hours per year for continued safety learning.

Register at the PSA Learning System (IDIR restricted).

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) training and education. 

The basic WHMIS education e-course (IDIR restricted) is made up of 7 modules.

Topics include:

  • The hazards of controlled products and where to get information about them
  • How to protect yourself and co-workers
  • 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 training materials and try again.

New and 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 25 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.

Review the WorkSafeBC requirements for young and new worker orientation and training.

Occupational Health and 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's strongly recommended for employees dealing directly with the public.

Register at the PSA Learning System (IDIR restricted).