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Health and Safety Training

McMaster’s Health and Safety Training Program is designed to provide mandatory and site-specific safety training for all employees, grad students, volunteers and visitors working at the University.

Self-registration for training courses offered by UHS, the Faculty of Health Sciences Safety Office (FHS Safety Office), the Biosafety Office, the AODA Office and the Privacy Office is available through the self-service functionality in Mosaic.


UHS offers online training sessions to communicate information regarding hazards.  Registration for training occurs in Mosaic.  The training material is available in Avenue to Learn 15-30 minutes after registering in Mosaic.

For Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) employees, please visit the FHS Safety Office to learn which training you are required to complete, as it depends on your employee type, building and work environment.

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New SAFE Training (Updated November 15, 2023)

UHS if pleased to announce the new SAFE training module.  This module amalgamates and will replace four existing mandatory health and safety training modules, Slips, Trips and Falls, Asbestos Awareness, Fire Safety and Ergonomics.

  • For new employees: All new employees will be automatically enrolled in the SAFE training module. This mandatory training is available in Avenue to Learn.
  • For current employees: You are only required to complete the SAFE training once one of the four required Health and Safety training programs is up for renewal in Mosaic. For example, if Fire Safety training is due November 25, 2023, then you should register for and complete the SAFE training module. Following completion, the SAFE training module will ensure you’re up to date on all four required Health and Safety training modules for five years. To register or to find out if you’re due for renewal, login to Mosaic. Once you register for SAFE training, you should be able to access the module in Avenue to Learn within 30 minutes.

Note those employees working in a hospital environment will still be required to complete FHS Hospital Fire Safety/Code training in addition to the SAFE training.

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Required Training:

  • SAFE training NEW (replacing Slips, Trips and Falls, Asbestos Awareness, Fire Safety, Ergonomics) – every 5 years
  • Health & Safety Orientation
  • Violence & Harassment Prevention – every 3 years
  • WHMIS 2015 – every 5 years
  • Accident Investigation (Supervisors/Managers)
  • Due Diligence (Supervisors/Managers)
  • FHS Hospital Fire Safety/Code (those working in a hospital setting) – annually
  • Job Hazard Analysis
Additional Required Training:

  • AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act)
  • Primer on Privacy
  • PHIPA for health professionals
  • Harmonized Research training (researchers working with personal health information, required annually) NEW

Hazard Specific Training:

Depending on your role within the University and workplace environment, you may be required to take additional hazard specific training. For a detailed list of all role specific training please see our training matrices located below.

Not sure what training is required?  Please refer to RMM 300 Health and Safety Training Program and the below training matrices.

Please Note:  Health and Safety training frequency requirements have been updated.  The updated training frequencies that have been updated are highlighted within the training matrix.

Corporate Training Matrix

Facility Services Training Matrix

Hospitality Services Training Matrix

Security & Parking Services Training Matrix

TA/RA Training Matrix

Through self-service, individuals can also access their own training summary to view newly completed training. Historical data of training prior to Mosaic will not be included but can be requested by contacting the appropriate safety office. For contact information, please see below.

Training summary navigation: Main Menu>Human Resources>Self Service>Learning & Development>Training Summary

Instructions to obtain your training record

The Person of Interest (POI) request form is available for volunteers, visiting scientists, contractors and other persons during their temporary stay at McMaster University. The POI status provides individuals with the required access in Mosaic and Avenue to Learn to complete their Health and Safety training.

Once the required fields are completed, the form should be submitted to by the McMaster employee who is sponsoring or overseeing the person of interest. We recommend that these forms be filled out before arrival at McMaster. If your need is urgent please contact for more information.

Person of Interest Request Form can be found in Mosaic under the Support and Documentation tile/How-to-Guides (located at the bottom of the page)

For questions regarding UHS health and safety training please visit our frequently asked questions or contact us at or at extension 24352.  For FHS and Biosafety training please contact  For Primer on Privacy training contact and for AODA training please contact