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
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
- 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
- Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. (2004). Health and safety guide for
human resources professionals (1st ed.). (2004). Hamilton, ON: CCOHS.
Students will need to source the following textbook on their own:
- Goetsch, D. L., & Ozon, G. (2006). Occupational health and safety for technologists,
engineers, and managers (Cdn. ed.). Toronto, ON: Pearson Prentice Hall.
Textbook: ISBN: 978-0-13-127580-5
In order to successfully complete this course, students must obtain at least 50% on the final
mandatory examination and 50% overall.
|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 *
Open learning faculty member
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is
through the Learning Environment's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary
contact information when starting the course.