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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.
    • Examine and apply basic facts about occupational health and safety legislation and standards in Canada and British Columbia.
  2. 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 your workplace.
  3. 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 settings.
    • 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 choice.

Course topics

  • 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:

  1. Goetsch, D. L., & Ozon, G. (2005). Occupational health and safety for technologists, engineers, and managers (Cdn. ed.). Toronto, ON: Pearson Prentice Hall.
    Type: Textbook: ISBN: 978-0-13-127580-5 (13 digit ISBN) 0-13-127580-1 (10 digit ISBN)
  1. Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. (2005). Health and safety guide for human resources professionals (1st ed.). Hamilton, ON: CCOHS.
    Type: E-text: (The cost is approximately $15.00 CAD)


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.

Assignment 1: Case Analysis and Defining a Workplace 10%
Assignment 2: Implication of Legislation, Regulations, and Standards 10%
Assignment 3: Injury Prevention, Safety Committee and Emergency Preparedness 10%
Assignment 4: Elements of Incident Reporting 10%
Assignment 5: Leading to Achieve a Positive Safety Culture 10%
6 Unit Quizzes 10%
Final Examination (mandatory) 40%
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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