Safety Training

    Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) training is free for undergraduate and graduate students, staff and faculty. However there are a few courses with fees that are noted. Currently due to restrictions from COVID-19, EHS training is restricted to the McGill Community.

    Safety Training FAQs

    What course(s) do I need to take?

    1. Ask your professor* or laboratory manager
    2. You can read the information on each individual safety training course (click on the name of the training course below), and then look at the sections “Target Audience” and “Content” 
    3. A refresher course (ie. re-taking the course and exam) is required every three years if your laboratory risks have not changed

    * Note: your professor may organize a training session for a specific class, so it is best to verify with them first.

    WHMIS

    • WHMIS 2015 is required if you work in a lab with chemicals, biological or radioactive materials. This course is also needed if you work with laser equipment or in a workshop or a garage.

    Hazardous Waste Disposal Training

    • This course is required if you produce laboratory waste during the course of your work, and/or need access to a waste room.

    Other Courses

    How do I register for a training course?

    The registration method depends on the training course you want to take:

    A) Registration for the following courses occurs directly on EHS' website:


    B) Radiation Safety - this 7 hour course is only given in-person. Please register for this course using the EHS Course Registration System - In-Person Training. Note that you need to be on campus or connect though the McGill VPN connection to access the registration system. You will receive an email confirming your registration from mylab.ehs [at] mcgill.ca


    C) The following courses have training videos and exams that can be done entirely online. Please follow the steps below to register for the following courses:

    1. Sign into the EHS Course Registration System - Web Training*. Note that you need to be on campus or connect though the McGill VPN connection to access the registration system.
    2. Click 'Start' for the course you want to take. This will open the course outline with a link to the course notes and a link to access the online course video.
    3. After watching the training video and reading the course notes, answer the questions in the online exam. Note: Take your time to read and understand the course materials prior to taking an online exam. All the failed results are cumulative and are kept on your Safety Training Personal History Report.


    More info on the EHS Course Registration System:

    * Please login using your McGill email and password. See the Quick Guide if you encounter any issues.

    For more help with the EHS Course Registration System, please see the following videos:

    Can I register for a training course if I am not a McGill student or staff member?

    Currently due to restrictions from COVID-19, EHS training is restricted to the McGill Community. 
     

    How can I access training course notes and materials?

    The following courses are taken online through the EHS Course Registration System - Web Training. Note that you need to be on campus or connect though the McGill VPN connection to access the registration system. Once you select and start the online course, you will see the course outline with links to the course notes and training video.

    • WHMIS 2015
    • Hazardous Waste Management
    • Introduction to Biosafety
    • Safe Use of BSCs
    • Laser Safety

    Alternately, links to the online training videos are found on each course's webpage:

     The pdf version of all EHS training course notes are available on EHS' website under Safety Training Course Notes (restricted).

      How can I get a training course certification/proof of training?

      Once you've passed an online exam in the EHS Course Registration system, your results will be available in your Training Records. If you have issues finding your training records in the EHS Course Registration system, please watch the video on how to access your training records and certificates (including course certificate and summary of safety trainings).

      The following courses can be taken online through the EHS Course Registration System - Web Training:

      • WHMIS 2015
      • Hazardous Waste Management
      • Introduction to Biosafety
      • Safe Use of BSCs
      • Laser Safety


      Note: Take your time to read and understand the course materials prior to taking an online exam. All the failed results are cumulative and are kept on your Safety Training Personal History Report. 
       

      How long is training certification valid for?

      Unless otherwise stated, most safety training certification is valid for 3 years.

      Refresher safety training (ie. re-taking the course and exam) is mandatory after 3 years of formal training. Please refer to Safety Training Exams for more information.
       

      Does McGill recognize safety training received at another institution?

      We no longer recognize safety training received at another institution. However, if you have recently completed external safety training you can challenge our online exam via the EHS Course Registration System - Web Training* for the following courses:

      • WHMIS 2015
      • Introduction to Biosafety
      • Safe Use of Biological Safety Cabinets
      • Laser Safety
      • Hazardous Waste Management

      *Note that you need to be on campus or connect though the McGill VPN connection to access the registration system.

      McGill only recognizes previous certification from other institutions for the following course:

      • CNESST-First Aid in the Workplace

      How to inform us for previous First Aid training?  Send an ehs [at] mcgill.ca (email) along with a pdf copy of both side of your certification card and the following information: your name, McGill ID, the name of your Principal Investigator (see the lab manager, or your professor for help), name of department, building, and room number. Lastly, include your email and telephone coordinates in the email.
       

      How can I get more help using the new EHS Course Registration System?

      The following courses are taken online through the EHS Course Registration System - Web Training:

      • WHMIS 2015
      • Hazardous Waste Management
      • Introduction to Biosafety
      • Safe Use of BSCs
      • Laser Safety

      McGill students, staff and faculty must register online using for a training course using one of the links below (*note that you need to be on campus or connect though the McGill VPN connection).


      Please login using your McGill email and password. See the Quick Guide if you encounter any issues.

      For more help, please see the following videos:

      For questions about registration please send an ehs [at] mcgill.ca (email to EHS).

      If you have problems signing in with your McGill username and password or connecting to the McGill VPN, contact IT Service Desk.

       

      Safety Training Courses

      There are also training videos available on the EHS website for:

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