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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 duties and roles assigned under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and recognize OHS Regulations that commonly apply to workplaces.
  2. Recognize and describe chemical, biological and physical hazards in the workplace and outline considerations for safe work design aimed at reducing musculoskeletal injuries.
  3. Explain the components of workplace violence and harassment prevention programs.
  4. Describe managing the stages, components, and possible outcomes towards resolution of a work refusal.
  5. Conduct a hazard analysis and risk assessment in order to provide guidance that meets best practices and regulatory compliance.
  6. Conduct accident investigations including reviewing underlying and root-causes and provide recommendations for corrective actions.
  7. Describe reporting requirements of the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development and the Workplace Safety Insurance Board. Describe components and actions that comprise a basic return to work program.
  8. Discuss the components of an effective Health and Safety Program.

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%
Mini-Assignment 10%
Quizzes (4 x 5%) 20%
Assignments (4 x 15%) 60%
Total 100%

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

Technical Requirements

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*Course details are subject to change.


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