Our pharmacy students and preceptors provide patients with the highest quality care. In order to maintain that standard, all students and staff must be prepared to respond to emergencies and/or to handle potentially dangerous substances and equipment. We have provided safety pre-placement checklists for use by our students that may be used in conjunction with required safety training and certification:

The following training and insurance are required by all students participating in our pharmacy programs. 

CPR & First Aid

Students must be certified in Standard First Aid and Level C CPR. Students must not let their CPR/First Aid certification expire throughout the duration of the entire EPE summer (i.e. Block 3) or APPE year (i.e. through Block 10).

Instructions for submitting this documentation will be provided to students at the beginning of each Academic year.

WSIB Coverage

The University is required to comply with government Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) policies related to student accident coverage during students’ unpaid placements.

If you have become ill and/or are injured due to an incident directly related to your experiential education placement, please email the Office of Experiential Education as soon as possible. 

WHIMIS Training

Students can access the University of Toronto Online WHMIS training from the U of T campus only.

  • First year (and first time) students should take EHS101 WHMIS and Lab Safety (online)
  • Second and fourth year students should take EHS112 WHMIS Refresher, as long as they have already taken EHS101 
WHMIS Training- First Time Trainees
  1. Register for “My EHS” Training https://ehs.utoronto.ca/training/my-ehs-training/
  2. Once registered, click on the red “Log into My EHS Training” at the bottom of the https://ehs.utoronto.ca/training/my-ehs-training/ page
  3. Enter UTORid and password
  4. Click on “Select from all available courses”
  5. Click on the “Select” button next to the EHS101 WHMIS and Lab Safety (online)
  6. Click the “Register for this Course” button (a confirmation box will pop up)
  7. Go to your U of T email account and open the Course Registration Notice from EHSA
  8. Open the PDF attachment
  9. Click on the “Click here to start the course” link (this link will take you directly to Quercus)
  10. Click on the “Enroll in Course” button
  11. Click on the “Go to the Course” button
  12. Follow the instructions to take the online course and the quiz
WHMIS Training- Refresher
  1. Go to https://ehs.utoronto.ca/training/my-ehs-training/
  2. Click on the red “Log into My EHS Training” at the bottom of the page
  3. Enter UTORid and password
  4. Click on “Select from all available courses”
  5. Click on the “Select” button next to the EHS112 WHMIS Refresher
  6. Click the “Register for this Course” button (a confirmation box will pop up)
  7. Go to your U of T email account and open the Course Registration Notice from EHSA
  8. Open the PDF attachment
  9. Click on the “Click here to start the course” link (this link will take you directly to Quercus)
  10. Click on the “Enroll in Course” button
  11. Click on the “Go to the Course” button
  12. Follow the instructions to take the online course and the quiz

Student Accident Insurance

For students who volunteer at worksites outside of required course and placements:

Students of the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy are eligible for Workplace Safety Insurance Board (WSIB) coverage of claims while on unpaid placements as required by their program of study. However, students who volunteer at a site at other times outside of the required placements would not be eligible for coverage. In these situations, a student may wish to consider the following: 

The Ontario Pharmacists Association (OPA) offers Student Accident Insurance to provide coverage similar to WSIB. The insurance is available to current members of OPA.