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Wilfrid Laurier University Safety, Health, Environment & Risk Management
August 4, 2015
Canadian Excellence

New Employee Required Training

Director's Welcome: Think Safe! Think SMART!

On behalf of Safety, Health, Environment & Risk Management (SHERM) I would like to welcome you to Wilfrid Laurier University, and congratulate you on the commencement of this exciting new phase of your career.

SHERM is responsible for providing guidance to the University community on all aspects of occupational health and safety. In an effort to keep you safe and healthy SHERM will be providing you with Health & Safety Orientation Training. This training includes the fundamentals to ensure a healthy and safe workplace and an overview of the policies and practices all workers must abide by at Wilfrid Laurier University.

All members of the workplace have legal obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Ontario. By knowing your health and safety responsibilities all employees can contribute to the overall success of the university.

Health & Safety Orientation Training

Laurier’s Health & Safety Orientation program informs workers of their rights and responsibilities under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and provides hazard related and Laurier specific information in an effort to ensure the safety of the worker and the Laurier community.  It also provides a process for job specific training to be administered by the supervisor.  Orientation training is mandatory for all employees at Laurier.

Orientation training is divided into three parts as follows:

PART 1 : Online orientation training (accessed by the employee through My Learning Space)
PART 2 : In class two hour orientation training (provided by SHERM)
PART 3 : Job specific orientation training (provided by the supervisor)

New employees must complete Part 1 (online training) within the first week of hire.  The online training can be completed by logging onto MyLearningSpace ( using your Windows username and password and clicking on the "Self Registration" link at the top of the page to register for "New Employee Health and Safety Orientation".

From the list of courses, choose either "New Employee Health and Safety Orientation Training for Workers" if you are a worker OR "New Employee Health and Safety Orientation Training for Supervisors" if you are a supervisor and follow the prompts.  Once you have completed the registration, the course will be available on your My Learning Space homepage under your course list.  If you are unsure, which version of the training to take (worker vs. supervisor), please click here.

Following your completion of Part 1, you will be contacted by SHERM to attend an in class session (Part 2).  Additional training may be required depending on the risks associated with your position (See note below).

Part 3 of orientation will be conducted by your supervisor and will include health and safety information that is specific to your position.

For more information on additional training required according to position, please refer to the Training Requirements for Laurier Employees.

To view all Upcoming Training Session Click Here.

Please Note: Support staff going into laboratories will require an additional training that is provided following the general orientation presentation (10:30am -12:00pm). Faculty and Staff who work within the laboratories will be required to attend an additional training session that is scheduled separately.

For further information on this training, please contact Christine Haywood at

Young Worker Health & Safety Orientation Training

Young workers are 24% more likely to be injured on the job than other groups, particularly during the first few days of employment.  This course is designed to ensure young workers understand their rights and responsibilities and provide them with the information they need to work safely.  The training provides a general overview of health and safety policies, procedures, rights and responsibilities under the Occupational Health and Safety Act along with WHMIS training. Additional training modules for Laboratory Safety, Biosafety, Laser Safety are provided as required. This in-class session must be in conjunction with job specific training given by the supervisor and close supervision on the job.

A component of this training is also available ONLINE. Note, this training includes the mandatory Laurier Worker Health & Safety Awareness training.

For further information or to request a training, please contact Donna Kubica at

Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)

Depending on the interaction with chemicals, the course will be customized to address the level of knowledge required. The participant will learn how the law defines a controlled product, the purpose and meaning of information found on product labels and MSDS, how hazardous substances affect the body and how employees can protect themselves. An inclass WHMIS session is provided monthly as a part of Health and Safety New Employee Orientation.


For more information regarding this training, please contact Sarah Lamb at

*WHMIS courses are also available ONLINE.

Workplace Violence & Harassment Prevention Training

In 2010 new legislation was added to the Occupational Heath & Safety Act regarding workplace violence and workplace harassment.  The amendment includes the requirement for employers to formally manage the risk of workplace violence and harassment by developing a policy, conducting a risk assessment, developing programs and facilitating mandatory training for all employees.  This session includes specifics on the key issues relating to Workplace Violence and Harassment legislation and provides information all workers need to know regarding their rights and responsibilities.

*This training is also available ONLINE.

For further information or to request a training, please contact Donna Kubica at  

Waterloo - Coming Spring 2014

Brantford - please complete the online version.

Laurier Worker Health & Safety Awareness Training

MANDATORY awareness training for both workers and supervisors.

Note, this training is included in the New Employee Health and Safety Orientation Training and Young Worker Orientation Training courses on MyLearningSpace.

Ontario Regulation (O. Reg 297/13) comes into force on July 1, 2014, setting out MANDATORY occupational health and safety awareness training to be provided to workers and supervisors.

To ensure Laurier is in compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and O. Reg. 297/13, all Laurier employees must complete MANDATORY on-line awareness training. Supervisors are responsible for ensuring their staff complete this mandatory training.

The intent of the mandatory awareness training program is to increase workers' and supervisors' knowledge of basic rights and responsibilities under the OHSA and heighten awareness of basic workplace health and safety issues.  The training promotes the Internal Responsibility System (IRS), which is based on the principle that workplace parties themselves are in the best position to identify health and safety problems and develop solutions.  Employers, supervisors and workers share in the responsibility for occupational health and safety and their roles and responsibilities are an important component of the awareness training programs.

The legislation requires employers to ensure that workers and supervisors receive training on: 

  • The rights and duties of the workplace parties under the OHSA.
  • The role of the Joint Health & Safety Committee under the OHSA.
  • The roles of the Ministry of Labour, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and Safe Workplace Associations designated under the OHSA.