Employee Safety Training

The Occupational Health and Safety department provides or arranges for a variety of training sessions for college employees to ensure you learn how to work safely. The majority of courses are delivered free of charge by OHS staff. Some courses require specially qualified instructors from outside the college and any costs incurred are the responsibility of the individual department. All courses can be scheduled by contacting the OHS Department. Check with your supervisor to determine what training you require. Course descriptions and registration information is provided below.

checkbox Asbestos Awareness
Learn about the health hazards of asbestos, how asbestos was used in building and other materials and how asbestos-containing materials can be handled safely to protect asbestos workers and building occupants.

This course is intended for anyone working in areas where asbestos containing materials are present and may be disturbed and anyone interested in learning about the hazards and controls of asbestos.

  • Note: This is a general awareness course and is not intended for workers performing asbestos work operations
  • Duration: 1 Hour

checkbox Confined Space Awareness
Learn about the recognition, hazards and controls for working safely in confined spaces according to the Ontario Confined Space Regulation. This course is intended for anyone who may encounter a confined space or who arranges for work to be performed in a confined space.

  • Note: This is a general awareness course and is not intended for workers performing work in confined spaces.
  • Duration: 1 hour

checkbox Non-Violent Crisis Intervention
Developed by the Crisis Prevention Institute, this course is designed to promote Respect, Service and Safety at Work. The principles can be applied with customers and co-workers. There are a series of topic modules integrated within the course which will further enrich staff skills in resolving problematic workplace behaviours before they escalate. This course includes basic response strategies such as punch block, kick block and bite release for an escape from an attack without hurting the other individual or themselves.

  • Duration: minimum 6 hours

checkbox First Aid
This course is intended for departmental staff that volunteer to provide first aid to anyone at the college in the event of an injury as required by Ontario’s First Aid Regulation. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive a Standard First Aid Certificate that is valid for 3 years. Topics covered include: breathing and circulation emergencies, first aid for respiratory and cardiac arrest, head and spine injuries, bone, muscle and joint injuries, and sudden medical emergencies.

  • Note: First aid training is offered 2-3 times per year and is generally limited to areas that require a first aid attendant. Individual training requests will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Duration: 16 hours

Musculoskeletal Disorder Prevention

checkbox Ergonomics
Learn about the signs and symptoms of musculoskeletal disorders, risk factors and how to protect yourself in the office environment. Prevention measures include properly adjusting your workstation (chair, keyboard, monitor, and accessories), avoiding awkward postures, safe lifting techniques and healthy habits. This course is intended for all employees that spend a lot of time working on a computer.

  • Duration: 1.5 hours

checkbox Ladder Safety
Learn how to inspect and use a ladder safely. This course is intended for anyone required to use a ladder at work.

  • Duration: 1.5 hours

checkbox Lift Truck Driver Certification
Operators of lift trucks (fork lifts) must be trained and possess a valid license to operate lift trucks at Mohawk College. This course is intended for anyone required to operate a lift truck.

  • Note: Initial and refresher training courses can be arranged through the Occupational Health & Safety Department.
  • Duration:
    • Initial: 8 hours
    • Refresher: 4 hours

checkbox Lockout/Tagout
Learn to recognize various sources of stored energy and the importance of lockout-tagout procedures for preventing injuries from the unexpected energization, activation or release of hazardous energy during servicing or maintenance of machinery or equipment. This course is intended for anyone performing service or maintenance on machines or equipment that may contain hazardous energy that, if released unexpectedly, could cause harm.

  • Duration: 1.5 hours

checkbox New Employee Orientation
Learn about Occupational Health and Safety at Mohawk College, the rights and responsibilities of employers and workers under the Occupational Heath and Safety Act and Regulations and emergency procedures at the college. This course is intended for all new college employees.

  • Duration: 1.5 hours

checkbox Occupational Health and Safety for Supervisors
Learn about the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations that apply to the workplace and your responsibilities as a supervisor. Topics include a review of the OHS Act and Regulations, hazard recognition, accident investigation and reporting and return to work responsibilities. This course is intended for anyone with supervisory responsibilities.

  • Duration: 2 hours

checkbox Safe Lifting and Carrying
Learn about the basics of how the back works, injury risk factors and ways to prevent back injury when lifting or carrying loads. Prevention measures include body positioning, safe lifting techniques, and selection and use of mechanical aids. This course is intended for employees required to perform lifting and carrying tasks.

  • Duration: 1.5 hours

checkbox Workplace Violence and Harassment Prevention
This on-line training provides an overview of the college's workplace violence and harassment policies and procedures and an awareness of preventive measures. Training is recommended for all employees and is available through elearn @Mohawk.

  • Duration: 1.5 hours

checkboxWorkplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System is a hazard information delivery system designed to inform workers about the hazards of chemical products used in the workplace through product labels, material safety data sheets and training.

Mohawk College's WHMIS Program requires all employees to complete one of the courses and supervisors are responsible for ensuring their employees complete the appropriate training. To facilitate the delivery of training and an annual refresher quiz, the Occupational Health & Safety Department and eLearning Services, in consultation with the Joint Health & Safety Committees, has developed two on-line WHMIS courses that are now available through eLearn (opens new window). Users can log into eLearn at this address using their regular MyMohawk ID and password, or via the eLearn @ Mohawk login link available on the top of this website.

The content of each course is based on the degree of handling or exposure to hazardous materials.

Intended for employees who are not likely to be exposed to hazardous materials in the course of their work. Examples include employees working in offices and programs or areas that do not store or use hazardous materials. An annual refresher quiz is included with this program to ensure your level of understanding of WHMIS stays current.

  • Duration: 1 hour

Advanced WHMIS
Intended for employees who work with, or in close proximity to hazardous materials, and those who supervise such employees. Examples include employees working in: Facilities Management, Motive Power, Chemistry Department, Skilled Trades, Health Sciences and supervisors of these employees. An annual refresher quiz is included with this program to ensure your level of understanding of WHMIS stays current.

  • Duration: 2 hours

Annual WHMIS Refresher Quiz
The Annual Refresher Quiz is required for your protection to ensure your level of WHMIS knowledge stays current. Once you have completed either Basic or Advanced WHMIS, you will be able to take the Annual Refresher Quiz which can be found in the "Quizzes" section.

Note: In-class sessions can be arranged by contacting the Occupational Health & Safety Department