Safety Foundation

Quick Facts:

What is it?
Safety Foundation is an online training course in the basics elements of hazard recognition and control. The purpose of this course is to give new or returning workers the skills to think for themselves in recognizing and protecting themselves from hazardous energy.

How long does it take?
Approx 4 hours (equivalent to a 1 day classroom training session). For maximum retention the course should be done one module per day.

Do I get a certificate?
Yes, students can self-print certificates of successful completion.

Can I do it from home?
Yes. You can do the course from any computer (tablet or larger size) with a modern web browser capable of HTML5 (google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, IE 11 or later). Audio capability recommended.

Safety Foundation – Hazard Recognition and Control

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Safety Foundation (Canadian version) is a core online training course for workers in hazard recognition and control. All dangers originate from hazards – this course uses the acronym CHEMSAFE© to help workers learn to recognize generic hazards in  their daily tasks and the acronym REACT-PPE© to control them. While hazard recognition and control is an employer responsibility, workers are encouraged to understand basic safety concepts and share responsibility for the wellness of themselves and others. This course seeks to move the worker to understanding of basic safety concepts and active participation in the internal responsibility system. In addition, ‘danger awareness’ topics cover a number of life-critical work situations that most new workers have no understanding of. It includes WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) and introduces the important but largely ignored area of workplace cancers.

This course is intended for a wide range of young or returning general industry workers and is currently written in a Canadian legal context. Customized versions of this course for specific regions or industries are possible. This course is most suitable as a general introduction for new-hires as well as critical preparatory training for high school and trades college students.

What you will learn in this course:

Canadian workplace laws

  • Workplace laws
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Due diligence and ‘duty of care’
  • The internal responsibility system
  • Work refusals

Hazards and risks

  • CHEMSAFE hazardous energies
  • Routes of entry of hazardous materials
  • Your body’s protective systems and vulnerabilities
  • Internal, external, and psycho-social hazards
  • Airborne hazards and inhalable particles


  • Hazard communication laws
  • The Global Harmonization System
  • WHMIS and Hazcom regulations
  • WHMIS label elements and pictograms
  • Workplace label information
  • Safety Data Sheet information
  • WHMIS responsibilities


  • Sources of hazard information
  • Identification of job hazards
  • Prioritizing risks
  • Applying the REACT-PPE hazard control hierarchy

Personal Protective Equipment

  • Personal protective equipment types
  • Respiratory equipment

Workplace cancers

  • Workplace cancers
  • IARC carcinogen classifications
  • General categories of carcinogens
  • The three most deadly workplace carcinogens
  • The danger of asbestos
  • Outline strategies for protecting yourself

Danger awareness:

  • Confined spaces
  • Lockout
  • Workplace equipment
  • Fall protection
  • Asbestos
  • Fire Extinguisher Safety
  • Slips, Trips, Falls
  • Blood Borne Pathogens

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Students proceed through self-paced and graphical, narrated lessons and a final quiz. Quiz results are automatically scored and stored for management reference. For multiple enrollments, the Simply! Tracking program provides managers with access to completion data, batch certificate printing, expiry notifications, and training done and training due reports.

Safety Foundation training is available 365/24/7 and relieves managers of the hassle of scheduling and delivering classroom employee orientation training.

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For multiple registrations call us at 1-800-893-9333 Pacific!