Dr. E. Bibeau

Renewable energy laboratory safety

It is the responsibility of all personnel and students (high school, undergraduate, graduate, post-doc, college, visiting professor) working within the Renewable Energy Group of Dr. Eric Bibeau to ensure that they familiarize themselves with the safety and training manuals appropriate to their assigned area of research. You must have the right training to be able to work in the renewable energy laboratories and your personal file must contain the proper documentation with the required signatures. All students need to go through a training process when they first arrive. If conditions of your research assigned area changes, it is your responsibility to obtain additional training and consult with your supervisor to clearly identify which additional training is required and update your file. This section details the steps you need to perform to be allowed to perform research. Failure to comply will result in not being permitted to continue your research.

Everyone starts by completing level 1.

Level 1: Common safety training
Without exceptions, everyone needs to go through these 7 steps. All personnel require signed forms on file in the Mechanical Engineering Office and a record that all forms have been submitted.
  • Step 1: Everyone needs to fill this departmental worksheet: download pdfLaboratories. Please hand in personally this sheet to Bernice Ezirim in the Mechanical Engineering Office after you and a supervisor have signed it.
  • Step 2: Everyone needs to fill this renewable energy group worksheet: download pdfLaboratories. Please hand in personally this sheet to Bernice Ezirim in the Mechanical Engineering Office after you and a supervisor have signed it.
  • Step 3: Download, print and read the University general health and safety manual: download pdfSafety Manual. After reading the manual you must sign the last page, have a supervisor also sign the last page and then hand the sheet to Bernice Ezirim in the Mechanical Engineering Office in Room E2-327 in EITC building.
  • Step 4: Download, print and read the University Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) manual: download pdfWHMIS Manual. After reading the manual you must complete the self test at the end.
  • Step 5: Become familiar with the following guidelines: download pdfGuidelines.
  • Step 6: Sign the NSERC name consent form and hand this to Bernice Ezirim in the Mechanical Engineering Office to put in your file: download pdfConsent.
  • Step 7: When handing in these forms to the department, you need to document that you handed the forms to the department (no exceptions): download pdfSubmit form record.
Level 2: Controlled labs
  • Step 1: Download, print and read the University lab safety and WHMIS document to be able to work in controlled laboratories: download pdfSafety and WHMIS Manual. After reviewing the manual you need to complete the self test.
  • Step 2: You need to take a Departmental Safety test which is given in September, January and May and obtain 90% grade to pass. Please see Bernice Ezirim in the Mechanical Engineering Office in Room E2-327 in EITC building to sign up for the next test. Ensure your test results are placed in your personnel file.
Level 3: Icing wind tunnel
  • Step 1: Download, print and read the icing wind tunnel safety and operational manual: download pdfIce Tunnel Manual.
  • Step 2: After reading this manual you need to book a 2 hour training session with Bruce Ellis located in Room E3-287. Make sure you understand the safety issues regarding going inside the ice tunnel and the fragility of the force balance.
  • Step 3: Now sign the last page of the manual, have Bruce Ellis sign also and then hand the sheet to Bernice Ezirim in the Mechanical Engineering Office in Room E2-327 in EITC building to put this in your file.
Level 4: PIV laser
  • Step 1: Students working with the PIV laser need to download, print and read the laser manual: download pdfLaser Manual. After reading the laser manual you must sign the last page, have your supervisor also sign the last page and then hand the sheet to Bernice Ezirim in the Mechanical Engineering Office in Room E2-327.
  • Step 2: Contact Bernice Ezirim in the Mechanical Engineering Office in Room E2-327 to schedule a time to take the laser test given by our department.
  • Step 3: Inform Bruce Ellis when you have completed the laser training course and test. He will show you the type of safety glasses you must wear at all times when you use the laser, the operation of the safety doors in the lab and the operation of the laser.
  • Step 4: You now need to learn the exact pre-approved Safe Work Procedures for your particular application: icing tunnel, water tunnel, digester facility from Bruce Ellis; alternatively you can contact the previous student that worked exactly on your apparatus setup. If you are changing the experimental procedures or experimental set up for your research you need to have your new procedures and set up approved by the designated safety officer in our department before you can proceed. You can only use the laser if the procedures you are using have been previously approved.
Level 5: Hybrid Brayton
  • Step 1: Download, print and read the Hybrid Brayton safety and operation manual: download pdfHybrid Brayton.
  • Step 2: After reading the manual you must sign the last page, have a supervisor also sign the last page and then hand the sheet to Bernice Ezirim in the Mechanical Engineering Office in Room E2-327 in EITC building.
Level 6: Electrical awareness
  • Step 1: Download, print and read the electrical safety manual: download pdf Electrical Safety Manual.
  • Step 2: If you are to make any changes to the electrical connections in a laboratory component, you need to call Physical Plant and have them approve you doing the work. Afterwards, you have to have Physical Plant verify your work. However, all connections to the building have to be made by a licensed electrician: no exceptions.
Level 7: Fall protection
  • Sign up at to schedule a Fall Protection Awareness Level 1 (FPAL1) training course. This will allow you to use a safety harnesses. You will be given a card by New Heights after passing the test which you will require to keep in your wallet at all times. Have Bruce Ellis pay for the course using a credit card.
Level 8: Boating
  • Sign up at to schedule a boating course. This course is also offered by Manitoba Hydro. This will allow you to use a boat. You will be given a card by your instructor after passing a boat and written test which you will require to keep in your wallet at all times. Have Bruce Ellis pay for the course using a credit card.
Level 9: CPR
  • Sign up at to schedule a CPR training course. You will be given a card by the instructor after passing the CPR test which you will require to keep in your wallet at all times. Have Bruce Ellis pay for the course using a credit card.

NSERC/Manitoba Hydro Alternative Energy Industrial Chair
Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Manitoba