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Continuing Studies: 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 which address the need of our community. At TRU - Williams Lake Campus we offer the following health and safety courses:



Aerial Lifts and Booms  •  XDRV 0500

Requirements: Steel-toed boots and picture ID 

Dates: TBA

 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
  • 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

Recommended prerequisite: Fall Protection with Ladder Safety

Dates: October 7, 2022

Times: 8:30am-4pm

Fee: $275

Fall Protection with Ladder Safety  •  XOCH 0522

Even a low elevation fall can result in injury! Keep safe by utilizing proper fall restraint and protection equipment. Learn to identify a location's fall hazards posed by falling objects, establish methods through which the hazards can be controlled, develop a rescue procedure and more. Along with in-class theory, you will have an opportunity for hands-on practice: put on the fall restraint/protection equipment, utilize the correct knots, practice ladder safety and more. Successful students will receive certification for Fall Protection and Ladder Safety.

Requirements: Picture ID

Dates: October 3, 2022

Times: 8:30am-4pm

Fee: $275

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.


        - 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)

Dates: TBA

Times: 8:30am-4:30pm

Fee: $395

Foodsafe – Level I  •  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.

Dates: October 25, 2022

Times: Tuesday 8am-5pm 

Fee: $135

Forklift Safety  •  XDRV 0500

This is a basic training program in SAFETY and operations of forklifts. Operations, safety, and a driver's test are combined to systematically provide students with academic training and driving skills to the CSA Standard B335-94 Industrial Lift Truck Operator Training.

Acquire forklift-driving skills to the CSA standards industrial lift truck operator training. The combined in-class theory and hands-on practice provide opportunity for you to learn basic safety operations, equipment safety checks, how to operate actual equipment, and more. Successful students will receive certification for forklift operation safety plus. 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 supervision of the instructor.

Requirements: Steel-toed boots and picture ID 

Dates, Times:   October 6, 2022 (12:30pm-6pm)

Fee: $295

Traffic Control Certification  •  XFLG 0610

This comprehensive traffic control program conforms to the applicable specifications of the traffic control manual, For Work on Roadways, and the Traffic Control Person (TCP) Training Manual, with emphasis on WorkSafe BC's Industrial Health and Safety regulations. The course format consists of theory combined with a practical application.

Requirements: Steel-toed boots and picture ID 

Dates: November 7-8, 2022

Times: Monday and Tuesday, 8:30am-4:30pm

Fee: $465

Contact Continuing Studies at 250-392-8010 or email to have your name placed on an interest list for upcoming course information.