Health and Safety
  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 42.0
Credit Value: 3.0
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Fall 2021
Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Equivalents: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): Occupational Health and Safety
Program Coordinator(s): N/A
Course Leader or Contact: N/A
Version: 20210907_00
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: This is a course offered through OntarioLearn. Access to the course materials will be through and you will be sent an email with your login details.

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
Students are introduced to the broad and ever-changing field of occupational health and safety, an inherently technical subject area. The multiple dimensions of the various issues - technical, legislative, political, and personal - are a required part of the training for a professional in this field or a related field. Major topic areas include the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Workers' Compensation Board (WCB), Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), transportation of dangerous goods, accident prevention and investigation, physical and biological agents, and the management of Occupational Health and Safety programs.

Program Context

Occupational Health and Safety Program Coordinator(s): N/A
This is a mandatory course in the Occupational Health and Safety Program.

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

  Critical Performance:
By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to:
Learning Outcomes:

To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Explain effective management of occupational health and safety programs.
  2. Understand Canadian legislated workplace practices.
  3. Recognize the importance of and the processes involved in hazard identification and control.
  4. Recognize and explain the process of investigating an accident.
  5. Explain effective management of occupational health and safety practices.
  6. Explain effective management of occupational health and safety programs.

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 Evaluation Plan: ONLINE

Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:

Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Colleges and Universities requirements:


Essential Employability Skills
Essential Employability Skills emphasized in the course:

  • Communication Skills - Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken, visual form that fulfills the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.
  • Communication Skills - Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Skills - Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving - Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.
  • Information Management Skills - Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.
  • Interpersonal Skills - Show respect for the diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.
  • Personal Skills - Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.
  • Personal Skills - Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) - Office of the Registrar
Students may apply to receive credit by demonstrating achievement of the course learning outcomes through previous relevant work/life experience, service, self-study and training on the job. This course is eligible for challenge through the following method(s):

  • Challenge Exam
    Notes:  This course is delivered through OntarioLearn at and is hosted by Canadore College CN-BUS253.

Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Instruction Mode: Online
Professor: Multiple Professors
RequiredTextbookManagement of Occupational Health and Safety, E. Kevin Kelloway, Lori Francis, Nelson, 8th, ISBN 9780176893019

Applicable student group(s): Continuing and Professional Studies students.
Course Details:

1.  Recognize how occupational health and safety issues impact people at home and at work.
1.1 Identify and discover the effect that occupational health and safety has in many areas: economic, legal, technical, and moral.
1.2 Recognize the various players who have a stake in occupational health and safety.
1.3 Recognize and identify the scope of the Occupational Health and Safety Act in Ontario.
1.4 Identify and explain the duties of employers, employees, and certified members as outlined in the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
1.5 Identify and explain the duties of joint health and safety committees.
1.6 Identify and recognize the importance of and implications of "work refusals" as outlined in the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
1.7 Recognize the scope of the Workers' Compensation Act of Ontario.
1.8 Recognize who is covered by the Workers' Compensation Act of Ontario and the methods of assessment.
1.9 Recognize the duties of injured workers and employers under the Workers' Compensation Act.
1.10 Recognize the responsibilities of the office of the worker advisor and the employer advisor.
1.11 Recognize the process for appeals and rehabilitation under the Workers' Compensation Act of Ontario.
1.12 Identify and explain the scope of the WHMIS in Ontario.
1.13 Identify and explain the need for training under WHMIS.
1.14 Identify and explain the importance of labels for all controlled products and the need for material safety data sheets.
1.15 Identify and explain and discuss the importance of the "right to know" under the WHMIS legislation.
1.16 Identify and recognize the impact of physical agents.
1.17 Identify and explain the importance of other relevant workplace legislation.

2.  Understand Canadian legislated workplace practices.
2.1  Recognize and explain the meaning of the term due diligence', and the importance and means of meeting such a legal standard in practice by employers.
2.2 Motivate safety behavior and explain: social psychological approaches; recognizing and modifying behaviour and attitude; internal responsibility system; participation; and communication.
2.3 Discuss historical legislation in Canada.
2.4 Discuss Legal and Reporting requirements for WCB's in practice.
2.5 Recognize and appreciate the intricacies in various sectors of the economy in dealing with occupational health and safety specific to a workplace or industry.
2.6 Recognize and explain how WCB's have taken on a mandate to prevent accidents.
2.7 Identify and explain trends in occupational health and safety.
2.8 Explain occupational stress and identify: Stressors; Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Responses; and management policy and benefits.

3.  Recognize the importance of and the processes involved in hazard identification and control.
3.1 Identify direct costs. indirect costs, and iceberg analogy.
3.2 Identify sources of hazards.
3.3 Recognize risk-applied energies.
3.4 Analyze risk.
3.5 Assess reports and audits.
3.6 Identify and assess pre-contact, contact, and post-contact control options.
3.7 Analyze source-path-human hazards and identify potential controls.
3.8 Identify the usefulness of record-keeping and proper procedures.
3.9 Understand fault-tree analysis.
3.10 Recognize the dangers of confined spaces.
3.11 Recognize the purpose of lock out, and guarding safety techniques.
3.12 Design and explain potential solutions to hazards using the hierarchy of hazard control.

4.  Recognize and explain the process of investigating an accident.
4.1 Identify the investigation process.
4.2 Recognize and explain workplace inspections.
4.3 Explain factors: human, situational, ergonomic, and environmental.
4.4 Explain the following methods: walk- through analysis; observe workers and conduct interviews; conduct job-task analysis; and research and verify records.
4.5 Recognize and calculate risk based on frequency and severity rates.
4.6 Recommend training based on needs and gaps identified.
4.7 Recommend potential solutions to proposed policies and scenarios.
5.  Explain effective management of occupational health and safety practices.
5.1 Discuss the need for emergency preparedness and the importance of plans and prevention.
5.2 Discuss the implications of dealing with chemical and biological agents.
5.3 Identify, calculate, compute, and explain Threshold Limit Values (TLV).
5.4 Recognize biological agents.
5.5 Recommend engineering controls.
5.6 Recommend administrative controls and appropriate work practices.
5.7 Recommend personal protective equipment (PPE).
5.8 Recommend appropriate medical surveillance.
5.9 Identify physical agents and evaluate the risks and control of noise, thermal stress, radiation (ionizing and non-ionizing).


6.Explain effective management of occupational health and safety programs.

6.1 Explain the importance of ergonomics in occupational health and safety and identify control methods for:

     6.1.1 Physical injuries.
     6.1.2 Lifting (lower back trauma, NIOSH method).
     6.1.3 Repetitive strain injuries.
     6.1.4 Workplace design.
     6.1.5 Indoor air quality testing.
6.2 Explain the responsibilities of management and the methods of dealing with occupational health and safety in the workplace and identify the role of:
     6.2.1 Responsibility and accountability.
     6.2.2 Auditing.
     6.2.3 Safety committees.
     6.2.4 Education and training.
     6.2.5 Employee assistance and wellness programs.
     6.2.6 Operating procedures.
6.3 Identify ergonomic accommodations that will aid in return to work considerations for employees with a disability.
6.4 Identify direct and indirect costs associated with illness, injury, and new employee orientation

6.5 Discuss key factors required for successfully developing emergency response plans and initiating appropriate training and drills.

6.6 Identify methods for motivating safety in the workplace.
6.7 Describe the methods for establishing a safety climate through the following means of behaviour change:
     6.7.1 Management endorsement.
     6.7.2 Employee involvement.
     6.7.3 Rewards and incentives.
     6.8 Identity topics relating to promoting workplace wellness through awareness, stress reduction campaigns, policies, and EAP programs.


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