Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Public Health & Safety Courses

FOODSAFE Level 1 • XOCH 0850

Do you want to work in the food industry? Are you currently working in the food industry but desire a greater understanding of safe food-handling practices? You will learn about the purchase and storage of potentially hazardous foods, personal hygiene, the causes of foodborne diseases, and how to maintain a sanitary food service operation. Upon successful completion of this one-day course, you will receive Health Unit certification.

Fee: $115 (includes book)

  • Saturday, September 28, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 26, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 30, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Confined Spaces • XWRK 0882

This is a one-day program designed for anyone working in or around confined spaces in any capacity. Participants will gain an understanding of confined/restricted spaces, including their dangers, pre-job assessment and recognition of hazards, controls that must be in place to eliminate/reduce the risk of such hazards, hazardous substance awareness, isolation, ventilation/purging, testing and atmosphere. Also, students learn about entry and monitor responsibilities, entry permit systems, due-diligence and awareness of personal safety. All material is related to real life job site and emergency incidents, as well existing legislation and code of practice requirements.

Students will have the option of engaging in a live rescue scenario using SCBA tanks, followed by a written test.

Certification is valid for three years, as issued upon completion of all objectives.

Fee: $300 (textbook included)

  • Tuesday, September 24, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

H2S Alive • XWRK 0850 (Energy Safety Canada)

This program. is the industry standard for hydrogen sulphide (H2S), as established by Energy Safety Canada and recognized worldwide. While relevant to the oil and gas industry, it is intended for all workers at potential risk of exposure, as vital to all sectors where H2S gas is a factor on jobsites and in the workplace. Real world scenarios and case studies are referred to throughout.

Topics include H2S properties, health hazards and locations, hazard assessment and control, respiratory protective equipment (SCBA), gas detection and monitoring, electronic monitors, first aid and initial response strategy. All sections strictly adhere to current legislation and industry practice. Certification is valid for three years, as issued upon completion of all objectives.

Fee: $350 (textbook included)

  • Monday, September 16, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Ground Disturbance Level II® • XWRK 0590

Ground Disturbance Level II® is a one-day supervisory-level program, for anyone supervising a ground disturbance, independently performing a ground disturbance or issuing and receiving ground disturbance permits. The program ensures that personnel are familiar with, and fully understand, all the regulations and variances involved when a ground disturbance takes place. The course is presented in a logical sequence – from pre planning to the actual dig – and highlights the musts compared with the shoulds. This is the standardized program recognized by industry regulators.

Due diligence and personal safety is emphasized throughout and students learn everything from the initial planning of a ground disturbance including searching for underground facilities, providing notification and locating and marking, to the execution and completion of the job. This includes necessary approvals, permits, crossing agreements, backfill inspections, types of exposure, emergency response plans and procedures to follow when one makes contact with an underground facility. Students also learn about current regulations, as all content and steps are in accordance with current industry practice and expectations, as set out by the ABCGA and BCCGA.

Objectives are tested by a written competency exam. Certification is valid for three years, as issued upon completion of all objectives.

Fee: $300 (textbook included)

  • Monday, September 23, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.



Hazardous products can cause injuries or diseases in workers. The goal of WHMIS is to provide workers with the information they need to stay safe on the job.


The Transportation of Dangerous Goods course was developed in order to protect the public from the dangers of transportation accidents involving dangerous goods - by truck, train, ship or aircraft. A must for shippers, receivers, warehouse persons, and especially those engaged in the transport of dangerous goods.

Fee: $200

    Dates for WHMIS/TDG:
  • Wednesday, September 25, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Fall Protection

This one-day Commercial/Industrial program designed for anyone working in or around heights. Participant will gain an understanding of fall protection systems, system components, harness fitting, fall protection planning, equipment inspection and care. Also, students will learn about pre-job assessment, dynamics of falling, fall clearance calculations, suspension trauma, principles of rescue and governing bodies and current regulations.

Due-diligence and personal safety is emphasized throughout and all concepts are related to real life incidents so to provide the tools and knowledge to work from any level of height safely.

Students will have the opportunity to test fall arrest systems as a practical component to the course, followed by a written test.

Fee: $300

  • Thursday, September 26, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
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