Hydraulic Safety: High Risk Maintenance Level

Earn your Hydraulic Safety: High Risk Maintenance Level certificate upon successful completion of this course


Maintenance and repair of equipment that utilizes hydraulics systems is extremely hazardous. Maintenance personnel are engaged in procedures that expose them to a high level of risk of injury or death from hydraulic system hazards. Many incidents are a result of people working with hydraulic systems without understanding the related hazards. This online Hydraulic Safety: High Risk Maintenance Level course takes a comprehensive look at the recognition and management of hydraulic hazards with an emphasis placed on the implementation of structured procedures and energy mitigation.


  • What are hydraulic fluids?
  • Exposure to hydraulic fluids
  • Potential hydraulic hazards
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Safety standards and qualifications
  • Recognized standards
  • Your role
  • Types of hydraulic hoses and hydraulic hose construction
  • Hydraulic hose applications
  • Hydraulic hose assembly fabrications
  • Specifications and standards
  • Life cycle
  • How accumulators work and their application in hydraulic systems
  • Procedures for testing and discharge of accumulators
  • Forms of hazardous energy and the cause of unexpected movement
  • Guarding
  • Safety valves
  • System considerations
  • Safety devices
  • Safety through engineered controls
  • Pressurized grease
  • Effects of air in hydraulic systems
  • Zero energy state
  • Purpose of hazard assessment
  • General responsibilities
  • Before work begins
  • Inspections
  • What is lockout?
  • Lockable devices and the importance of sequence
  • Hydraulic fluids and the environment
  • Spill preparedness
  • Acceptable disposal practices
  • Biodegradable hydraulic fluids
  • Absorbents
  • Ethical choices
  • Hydraulic incidents and fatalities
  • Effects of modifications to hydraulic components
  • Hazards of welding hydraulic components and interconnections
  • Fluid power calculations
  • Gravity
  • Overhanging and runaway hazards
  • Types of seals and applications
  • Importance of mechanical seals
  • Understanding maintenance and planning
  • Commonly used threads and porting in hydraulics
  • Pressure rating
  • Procedures for testing and discharge of accumulators

Universally Compatible

This course was created using standards that will allow playback on most internet capable devices with standard web browsing capabilities including Apple’s iTouch, iPad, and iPhone, as well as most other smart phones and tablets including those with Android and Windows operating systems.

Continuing Education Credits

Continued Education Units for Water Waste Water Operators

  • Ontario CEU value 0.7
  • Alberta CEU value 1.2
  • Saskatchewan CEU value 0.7


Average Completion Time

Completion times vary depending on the number of times the information is viewed prior to finishing the course. The average completion time for this course is 10 hours.


Knowledge Assessment

Testing conducted in this online course and the supplemental materials provided are intended to reinforce the information presented. There is no required passing mark for this course.


Certificate of Completion

Users will receive their certificate of completion, hard hat sticker, and wallet cards by mail within 21 business days of course completion. Certificates and wallet cards are valid for 3 years.