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Community Education and Workforce Development: Health and Safety

For many years Thompson Rivers University has met the needs of the community by providing health and safety training. Our commitment is to continue supplying quality instruction and to offer a variety of courses that address the needs of our community.

At TRU - Williams Lake Campus we offer the following health and safety courses:

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Aerial Lifts and Booms  •  XDRV 0500

This course uses in-class theory and hands-on practice to equip participants to safely operate Aerial Lifts and Booms.  Successful participants will receive a certificate valid for three years. 

The following topics are covered:

  • Operator Fundamentals
  • Machine Fundamentals
  • Pre-Operational Inspections
  • Safe Operation Guidelines
  • Scissor Lifts
Upon successful completion, a certificate will be issued which is valid for 3 years.

Requirements: Steel-toed boots and photo ID 

Date:  To be announced

Fee:    $295


 Confined Space  •  XWRK 0880

Personnel who enter confined spaces using the Permit Entry procedure must receive training.

This 1-day course covers:

  • Requirements and conditions for permitted entry
  • Hazard recognition
  • Use of personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Entry procedures and precautions
  • Recognition of warning signs, symptoms of exposure, and detection of prohibited conditions
  • Evacuation requirements
  • Emergency and non-entry rescue methods and procedures for calling rescue services
  • Additional hazards that may be faced during entry, information on symptoms, and consequences of exposure
  • Possible behavioral effects of hazard exposure on authorized entrants
Upon successful completion, a certificate will be issued which is valid for 3 years.

Recommended prerequisite: Fall Protection

Date: To be announced

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Fee: $295


Fall Protection  •  XOCH 0520

Even a low-elevation fall can result in injury! Along with in-class theory, you will have an opportunity for hands-on practice.

The following topics are covered:

  • General fall protection
  • The basics of falling
  • Personal fall arrest systems
  • Care and use of fall protective equipment
  • Emergency rescue
  • Fall arrest planning
  • Fall Restraint system

Upon successful completion, a certificate will be issued which is valid for 3 years.

Requirements: Photo ID

Date: Fri, May 24, 2024

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Fee:  $295

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Fire Suppression S100/185  •  XFOR 0980

This two-day course includes an introduction to fire behavior, entrapment (S-185), suppression, tools and equipment, fire line safety, water delivery systems, WHMIS, as well as a practical portion and exam. Students must demonstrate safe working skills, proper care, proper use of equipment, and the ability to physically complete field exercises.

Requirements: 

        - Hardhat
        - Eye protection (safety glasses of goggles)
        - Hearing protection (earmuffs or ear plugs)
        - Leather work gloves
        - Steel-toed work boots
        - Suitable work clothing; preferably (but not mandatory) natural fibers or flame-resistant pants and long-sleeved shirt or coveralls
        - Rain jacket and other weather-appropriate clothing
        - Picture ID
        - Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the field location (location TBD)

Date: TBA

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Fee: $395


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?

This sanitation program is appropriate for food handlers, kitchen staff and dining room attendants. You will learn about the purchase and storage of potentially hazardous foods, personal hygiene, the causes of food borne diseases and maintaining a sanitary food service operation.

Upon successful completion, a certificate will be issued which is valid for 5 years.

Date:  Sat, July 27, 2024

Time: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Fee: $135

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Forklift Safety  •  XDRV 0500

Acquire forklift-driving skills to the CSA Standards Industrial Lift Truck Operator Training. The combined in-class theory and hands-on practice provide an opportunity for you to learn basic safety operations, equipment safety checks, how to operate the equipment, and more.  Please note, you will be required to drive a forklift, load and unload materials, and navigate through an obstacle course in a safe manner under the supervision of the instructor.

Upon successful completion, a certificate will be issued which is valid for 2 years.

Requirements: Steel-toed boots and photo ID 

Date/Time:  To be announced

Fee: $295


Traffic Control Certification  •  XFLG 0610

BCCSA’s comprehensive, 2-day standardized Traffic Control Persons (TCPs) course consists of classroom and practical training. There are no prerequisites however, participants should have a good understanding of the rules of the road.

To successfully complete the course, the participant must pass both the written exam and practical evaluation.

Upon successful completion, a certificate will be issued which is valid for 3 years.

Requirements: 

  • Photo ID
  • Steel-toed boots with ankle protection
  • Good command of spoken and written English
  • Physically able to participate in the on-road practical

Dates:  To be announced

Time:  8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Fee:  $525


Contact Community Education and Workforce Development at 250-392-8010 or email wlcontinuingstudies@tru.ca to have your name placed on an interest list for upcoming course information.