All researchers including undergraduate researchers must receive training on safety, protocols, and procedures before using the facilities. 


Mandatory Training


  • Basic Training

The online course EHS002 Basic Health and Safety Awareness Training satisfies the provincial legislation O. Reg. 279/13 where it is mandated that all employees in Ontario must complete a basic occupational health and safety awareness training program. This regulation applies to all researchers including volunteers and summer students.  Follow the instructions here for online Basic Health and Safety Awareness training. 


  • WHMIS and Lab Safety Training

The online course EHS101 Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) and Lab Safety Training is designed for those who work or study with or near hazardous material in wet labs.  The course is a basic introduction to labeling, and materials safety data sheet requirements of the WHMIS legislation (O.R.860).  It also covers basic aspects of chemical and general lab safety hazards.  Follow the instructions here for online WHMIS and Lab Safety training. 

Please ask your supervisor if another training, such as Biosafety or Radiation Safety training is required, or contact EHS Office for training requirements.


  • EHS528 Slips, trips, and falls training

One of the most common causes of workplace injuries is slips, trips, and falls on the same level.   The risk of slipping is higher in many areas of the Growth facilities because of high humidity and regular irrigation or fertigation.  In this short online training, participants will learn how to recognize and control these hazards in their workplace.  Go to My EHS Training to register for this training. 


  • Research Greenhouse Training

This is a workplace-specific training administered by the Greenhouse Coordinator at the University of Toronto Mississauga campus.  This training will include but is not limited to how to acquire access to the facility, best practices for avoiding movement of pests, protocols related to storage of materials and equipment, clean-up during and after experiments and how to report problems, and protocols related to an emergency.

The Research Greenhouse Training is online through Quercus. Submit a research greenhouse training request at least one month in advance of using the facility and two weeks before the desired training date. Before training, please review UTM Growth Facilities Standard Operating Procedures and PPC-1 practices which can be found in


Other important training


  • EHS532 Respiratory protection training and fit testing

This training must be completed by anyone who needs to use N95 respirators for handling dry potting media composed exclusively or in part of peat moss, perlite, vermiculite et cetera.  Visit this page for instructions on online training and respirator fitting.


  • EHS 534 Manual Material Handling - General 

Manual materials handling involves lifting, lowering, carrying, pushing, pulling, or holding.  It is one of the most common causes of occupational fatigue and low back pain.  We recommend this short online training to learn how to lift and handle materials properly and safely. Go to My EHS Training to register for this training. 


Equipment Training

Protocols for proper use of equipment in the Research Greenhouse are available here. If you require in-person training please submit an equipment training request


Request for research greenhouse training

RGH training

Request/renew access

Access to growth facilities

Equipment/software training request form