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
- Demonstrate an understanding of occupational health and safety legislation and standards in
- Examine and apply basic facts about occupational health and safety legislation and
standards in Canada and British Columbia.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of supervisors in the
workplace with respect to occupational health and safety.
- Determine the type of safety culture you would develop and implement as a safety leader in
- Identify and apply the principles of due diligence in workplace settings.
- Discuss and consider the obligations of the employer and the rights of employees, unions,
and third parties by illustrating the significance of "due diligence" in workplace
- Investigate and address current occupational health and safety issues, trends, and
challenges in safety initiatives, prevention, and compensation.
- Critically evaluate workplace practices in order to identify hazards to workers, develop
safety measures, and affect workplace safety incident rates.
- Explore how legislation, due diligence, and best practices relate to real life incidents
through examples such as the Queen of the North ferry sinking and other accident cases
examined throughout the course.
- Develop and create an occupational health and safety program for a workplace of your
- Unit 1: Why Health and Safety is Important
- Unit 2: How Legislation and Standards are Applied in the Workplace
- Unit 3: Identifying Different Groups of Workers and Accompanying Risks
- Unit 4: Preventing Workplace Injury
- Unit 5: Injury Rate Statistics, Incident Reporting, and Incident Investigation
- Unit 6: Developing a Safety Culture
Required text and materials
Students will need to source the following on their own:
- Goetsch, D. L., & Ozon, G. (2005). Occupational health and safety for technologists,
engineers, and managers (Cdn. ed.). Toronto, ON: Pearson Prentice Hall.
Textbook: ISBN: 978-0-13-127580-5 (13 digit ISBN) 0-13-127580-1 (10 digit ISBN)
- Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. (2005). Health and safety guide
for human resources professionals (1st ed.). Hamilton, ON: CCOHS.
Type: E-text: https://www.ccohs.ca/products/publications/HR.html (The cost is approximately $15.00
Please be aware that due to COVID-19 safety guidelines all in-person exams have been suspended. As such, all final exams are currently being delivered through ProctorU, which has an approximate fee of $35 involved. There will be more information in your course shell, on how to apply, if your course has a final exam.
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.
|Assignment 1: Case Analysis and Defining a Workplace
|Assignment 2: Implication of Legislation, Regulations, and Standards
|Assignment 3: Injury Prevention, Safety Committee and Emergency Preparedness
|Assignment 4: Elements of Incident Reporting
|Assignment 5: Leading to Achieve a Positive Safety Culture
|6 Unit Quizzes
|Final Examination (mandatory)
Open Learning Faculty Member
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of your course.