Courses Catalogue

Occupational Safety And Healthy

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Human Resource Management
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Economics and Management
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

This course takes a strategic approach to occupational health and safety. It teaches students to view excellence in health and safety as an essential and integral aspect of all levels of operations within an organization and that delivering such excellence is a measurable criterion of corporate performance. Human suffering from accidents and injuries, lost production and the social costs of health care and workers' compensation are examined with special emphasis on primary prevention and wellness measures. Students learn how to ensure due diligence, legal and regulatory compliance by analyzing current health and safety legislation and understanding the duties and responsibilities of all the workplace parties. The need for and the benefits associated with joint responsibility by workers and management through an internal responsibility system is integrated throughout the course. Practical applications of all material are assimilated.


  • By the end of the course unit, students should be able to:
  • Explain the need to link health and safety with overall corporate strategy.
  • Analyze direct and indirect costs of accidents in relation to the organization's bottom line. 
  • Discuss the strategies to communicate the benefits associated with occupational health and safety initiatives.
  • Explain how a cost benefit analysis can be utilized to justify expenditures on health and safety prevention and control measures.
  • Describe the methods to overcome barriers to occupational health and safety implementation.
  • Identify joint responsibilities of management and workers for occupational health and safety issues through an Internal Responsibility System.
  • Discriminate between areas of provincial and federal jurisdiction.
  • Evaluate an organization's health and safety policies, practices and programs.
  • Discuss health and safety records.
  • Analyze information from a variety of sources and mediums.
  • Explain the requirements needed for sector specific policies
  • Differentiate among the roles of the different occupational health and safety professionals.
  • Identify resources and services available from occupational health and safety organizations.
  • Formulate strategies to liaise with other organizations to determine best health and safety practices.
  • Integrate primary prevention techniques into proposals for health and safety policies, practices and programs.
  • Conduct research of the latest health and safety trends and issues.
  • Explain how an organization would comply with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act.
  • Identify accident and injury trends.