Legislation for Health and Safety
  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 45.0
Credit Value: 3.0
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Spring/Summer 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: 20210517_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
Study the various jurisdictions; how to locate the specific legislation; the interface between the statutes, regulations, codes, and standards; the obligations of employers and of employees; the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act and Regulations, filing claims, entitlement decision making, benefits, appeals, and re-employment.

Program Context

Occupational Health and Safety Program Coordinator(s): N/A

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. Access and interpret the relevant sections of the various Acts and Regulations.
  2. Use the WSIB Workwell Audit to evaluate your company's present status and identify areas of risk that need to be targeted for improvement.
  3. Manage disability claims within the parameters and according to the requirements established by the WSIB.
  4. Effectively use the internet as a resource for staying current with respect to health and safety legislation and claims management.

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 Evaluation Plan: ONLINE
 Case Studies20.0%
 Final Exam40.0%

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
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

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):

  • Other
    Notes:  This course is delivered through OntarioLearn at and is hosted by (Algonquin College) AL-SAF0001.

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
OptionalOtherAll of the legislation and regulations covered in this course are available as free downloads from various websites. However, you may purchase copies of the Acts and regulations relevant to your province directly from your provincial Compensation Board and Ministry of Labour. Websites: 1. All Ontario statutes and regulations: 2. Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat Canada Labour Code and regulations: 3. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety: 4. The Ontario Workplace safety and Insurance Board:

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

Section 1:

  • Gain knowledge and explore the various Federal and provincial websites.
  • Learn the roles and responsibilities for employers, employees, joint health & safety committees.
  • Explore various resource sites available to assist ininterpretation and implementation of the Acts and regulations (CCOHS,NIOSH, HRSDC, WSIB, etc).

Section 2:

  • Criteria used by the WSIB to select firms for a Workwell Audit.
  • WSIB Workwell audit template.
  • Understanding of the application and scoring of a Workwell audit.
  • Learn and explore various resources available to assist in the successful completion of a Workwell audit.
  • Understanding of how to use the results of the Workwell audit to develop safety programs.

Section 3:

  • File work-related injuries to the WSIB or Compensation Board.
  • Gain confidence interacting with the WSIB regarding claims.
  • WSIB's Early & Safe return to Work (ESRTW) program requirements.
  • Identify potential and/or actual barriers to return to work and initiate corrective actions.
  • Learn about the resources available to assist in difficult claims (mediation, nurse case manager, operational policy manual, third party)
  • Filing a notice of objection, appeals, request for SIEF.

Section 4:

  • Explore a variety of relevant websites.
  • Educational opportunities available through the internet.
  • No charge e-news services available through the internet.

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