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Thompson Rivers University

OCHS 3511: Occupational Health & Safety Legislation and Standards

This course sets the foundation for occupational health and safety in Canada, within an industrial context. Students will learn how to establish the rights and responsibilities of the various workplace parties within the workplace. They will also learn to interpret and apply statute and best practices to the workplace in a manner that provides for consensus and understanding on the shop floor as well as due diligence requires from all levels of supervision and management.

Learning outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of occupational health and safety legislation and standards in Canada.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of supervisors in the workplace with respect to occupational health and safety.
  3. Identify and apply the principles of due diligence in workplace settings.

Course topics

  • Unit 1: Foundations for Occupational Health and Safety in Canada
  • Unit 2: Preventing Workplace Incidents and Injury
  • Unit 3: Managing Risk and an Occupational Health and Safety Program
  • Unit 4: Best Practices for Occupational Health and Safety

Required text and materials

The following Open Education Resources (OER) textbooks, free of charge, are required for this course:

  1. Brutus, S., & Baronian, N. (2020). Human resources management (Cdn. ed.). Concordia University.
  2. The BC Cook Articulation Committee. (2015). Workplace safety in the foodservice industry. BCcampus.
  3. Foster, J., & Barnetson, B. (2016). Health and safety in Canadian workplaces. AU Press.


Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact with any questions about this.

To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory exam.

Unit 1 Assignment: Case Study 15%
Unit 2 Assignment: Case Study 15%
Unit 3 Assignment: Case Study 15%
Unit 4 Assignment: Case Study and Reflective Summary 15%
Quick Check Questions (2.5% per unit) 10%
Final Examination (mandatory) 30%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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