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Course Description

Safety in the workplace presentation with workers learning about safety equipment

In many organizations, health and safety is the responsibility of the Human Resources Management (HR) function. This course will identify the link between occupational health and safety and human resources management. Human Resources professionals need to be knowledgeable about current occupational health and safety regulations, equipment/process safety, behavioral aspects of safety, and ways to prevent and minimize hazards in the workplace. This course examines occupational health and safety as it relates to economic, legal, technical and moral issues in order to create and implement safe and healthy workplaces.

This course is designed to help students get an adequate understanding of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and its Regulations, as well as preparing competent human resources professionals with practical tools used by industry’s health and safety professionals today.   

Designed For

Those working towards the U of G Diploma in Human Resources Management and others interested in Occupational Health and Safety.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Discuss the Health and Safety Movement and its influence on workplace safety today;
  2. Define the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and its Regulations;
  3. Explore ways to prevent and minimize chemical / biological and physical hazards in the workplace;
  4. Examine mechanical hazards and machine safeguarding requirements;
  5. Conduct hazard analysis and risk assessments to ensure occupational health and safety best practices;
  6. Learn how to conduct accident investigations, accident reporting processes, and accident root-cause analysis methods; and
  7. Recognize workplace violence and harassment and utilize conflict resolution strategies to resolve workplace violence and harassment as per the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Course Topics

  • Legislative Framework
  • Hazard Recognition, Risk Assessment and Control
  • Job Safety Analysis
  • Physical, Chemical and Biological Agents
  • Workplace Violence
  • Workplace Wellness
  • Mental Health in the Workplace
  • Psychosocial Hazards
  • Workplace Ergonomics
  • Disability Management and Return to Work
  • Workers’ Compensation

Sample Careers

 Human Resources Manager, Human Resources Generalist, Health and Safety Specialist


Assessment Item Weight
Participation 10%
Assignments (4 x 10%) 40%
Mini-Quizzes 20%
Final Exam 30%
Total 100%

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

*Course details are subject to change.


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Section Title
Occupational Health and Safety
6:30PM to 9:30PM
September 19, 2019 to November 28, 2019
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Guelph
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Potential Discount(s)
Section Notes

Course manual provided.

You are responsible for purchasing the required textbook(s) for this course. Textbooks can be purchased from the University Bookstore, the Co-op Bookstore, or a bookseller of your choice.

Please review our new Withdrawal and Refund Policy.

If you require assistance, please contact our main office.

Section Materials
  • Textbook (Confirmed) (Mandatory) Management of Occupational Health and Safety (Seventh Edition) by E. Kevin Kelloway, Lori Francis, and Bernadette Gatien HRM | Nelson Education Series in 2017
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