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Faculty Availability:

Graeme Simpson


Course Title:

Occupational Health and Safety

Course HRPD 513/

HRM 5006

Type Code:


Human Resource Management

Postgraduate Certificate








Prerequisite for:

Approved By: Graeme Simpson

Dean/Associate Dean: Peter Madott


Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning 2013/2014

Date: November 29, 2013

Course Description
This course provides students with solid content and understanding of health and safety issues,
legislation and programs. An overview of health and safety with specific reference to human
resources, the legislative context of health and safety in Canada, and issues relating to
Workers Compensation and disability management are covered. These topics are followed up
by a focus on the types of hazards in the workplace, including: physical agents, chemical
agents, biological agents, psychosocial hazards, and hazard recognition; with specific reference
to techniques for managing and controlling these hazards. Some of the major ways in which
Human Resource Professionals become actively involved in health and safety are extensively
covered, including: techniques of hazard control, training, motivating safe working behaviour,
emergency response planning, effective accident investigation techniques, and promoting
employee health and wellness in the workplace.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate the practical application of Occupational Health and Safety legislation in
Ontario by:
a. Explaining the evolution of occupational health and safety related legislation in
b. Differentiating between federal and provincial health and safety legislation to
determine appropriate legal jurisdictions covering several workplaces.
c. Explaining the role of the Ministry of Labour, Inspectors, and other Government
agencies in the administration and monitoring of occupational health and safety.
d. Applying the principal of the Internal Responsibility System through analysis of
legislated rights, responsibilities, duties and roles of employers, supervisors and
e. Locating, interpreting and applying the provisions of the Occupational Health and
Safety Act, WHMIS, and Industrial Establishments regulations to workplaces in
2. Provide effective management of occupational health and safety loss in the workplace
a. Explaining contrasting approaches to workplace health and safety management
and their effects on hazard control and health and safety loss to people,
process or property.
b. Performing a workplace inspection including drawing a block diagram of the
workplace and identifying workflow patterns and workplace hazards.
c. Analyzing the workplace for hazardous substances, noise, vibrations,
ergonomics, air quality, ventilation and other hazards.
d. Applying the principals and techniques of 3 control types to reduce or eliminate
workplace hazards.
e. Investigating accidents and incidents utilizing loss control models to develop and
propose solutions for hazardous working conditions.
f. Define the requirements for an Emergency Response Program to legally manage
workplace emergencies and crisis conditions.
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3. Demonstrate the practical application of the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Act
a. Differentiating between Schedule 1 and Schedule 2 employers in Ontario.
b. Explaining the role, responsibilities, rights and duties of the Ministry of Labour
and the Workplace Safety Insurance Board in Ontario in administering Workplace
Safety Insurance.
c. Explaining the role, responsibilities, rights and duties of the employer and
workers under the provisions of the Act and Regulations.
d. Describing the timing, information requirements, documentation and record
keeping necessary for payroll reporting, NEER assessment, the Workwell
Program and Claims Administration.
e. Giving examples of compensation calculations used in determining awards to
beneficiaries under the Act and Regulations.
4. Utilize the Internet, the Learning Resources Centre and other resources to research and
document current workplace health and safety issues including Wellness Programs,
EAPs, Substance abuse, Stress, Workplace Violence and Harassment.
Essential Employability Skills
Essential Employability Skills are transferable skills that provide the foundation for a students
academic, vocational, and personal success.



Critical Thinking &

Problem Solving
Information Management Y


Learning Resources
Required Resources:
Kelloway, K., & Francis, L. (2013). Management of Occupational Health and Safety (6th Edition).
Toronto: Nelson Education.
OSG 2013 Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations The Green Book.
Toronto: Ontario Safety Group.
Supplemental Resources:
On-line Resources are found at Campus ID = MEVT2747
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This means that the copying, use and distribution of copyright- protected materials, regardless
of format, is subject to certain limits and restrictions. For example, photocopying or scanning an
entire textbook is not allowed, nor is distributing a scanned book.
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copyright and for details on allowable limits.
Learning Delivery Format
Classes will take the form of lectures, discussions and case studies.
Course Content



The Health and Safety

The Ontario
Occupational Health
and Safety Act
Legislative Framework

Hazard Recognition,
Risk Assessment and

Physical Agents

Hazardous vs.

Economic, legal and moral considerations

The stakeholders
The health and safety system
Health and safety liability
The structure of the OHSA
OHSA for industrial establishments 1997
Situations/work areas requiring health and
safety committees
Duties of workplace parties
Worker rights
Right to refuse unsafe work
Work stoppages
Roles of the Ministry of Labour and the
Joint Health and Safety Committees and
corporate liability
content and training requirements
hazardous versus dangerous substances
Controlling Noise and Vibration:
Sound and hearing 1055
Principles of noise control and noise
abatement programs
Ergonomics and Work Design for the Worker
Musculoskeletal injuries
Principles of workplace design
Body entry and exit routes
Key body systems
Workplace carcinogens
Acute and chronic affects of workplace
Toxic Substances Covering:
General and specific terms
Physical states and forms
Toxic substance regulation
Basic monitoring equipment
Chemical and biological agents
Sources of Hazards
Hazard Analysis:

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Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Test #1
(Chaps. 1, 2 & 4)

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Test #2
(Chaps. 5 - 8)

Chapter 6-8




Health and Safety

Procedures and

Incident Investigation

Motivation and


Workplace Wellness

Domino Theory
RAC model
PEMEP model
Source path human analysis
Hazard Control:
Safety procedures
Fault tree analysis
Committee work
Management of Health and Safety
Workplace Safety inspections
Incidents vs. Accidents
Critical injury
Work stoppage
Responding to Health and Safety
Characteristics of poor performance firms
Strategies to improve performance of
health and safety systems
Establishing and motivating a health and
safety committee
Union/labour influences on health and
Developing a Health and Safety Policy:
Record Keeping
Emergency Plan
Fire Plan
Evacuation requirements
First aid and medical attention
Health and safety research
Critical factors in the investigative process
Investigative methods
Corrective and preventive actions
Components of a training program
Delivery options
Safety training initiatives
Overview: classifications, reporting, NEER
Section 1101 of WSIA First Aid
Return to work principles and strategies
Assessment methods, Workwell audit,
WSIB rate assessment appeals, accident
frequency and severity rates
Workers Compensation Board
Return to Work
Disability Management
Work Family and Health Promotion Prog.

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Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Test #3
(Chaps. 10 - 12)

Chapter 9

Chapter 3

Chapters 13
& 14





Final Exam
on Chps. 9,3,13

Final Exam

Please note: this course schedule may change as resources and circumstances require.
Student Evaluations
Type of Assessment

Test (3 @ 25% each)


Final Exam


Degree Students
In addition to meeting all program specific course and credit requirements, students must have
a Cumulative Program Grade Point Average (CPGPA) of 65 in order to be eligible for
Diploma/Post-Graduate Students
In addition to meeting all program specific course and credit requirements, students must have
a Cumulative Program Grade Point Average (CPGPA) of 60 in order to be eligible for
Policies and Procedures
It is the students responsibility to be aware of the College Academic Regulations which can be
found on the following website:

Academic Integrity
Academic integrity is essentially honesty in all academic endeavours. Academic integrity
requires that students avoid all forms of academic misconduct or dishonesty, including
plagiarism, cheating on tests or exams or any misrepresentation of academic accomplishment.
Academic Concern/Appeals
If a student has questions or concerns regarding a grade on an assignment or test, the student
should discuss the matter with the faculty member. The Program Co-ordinator and/or the
Associate Dean may be asked to assist if the faculty member and student are unable to resolve
issues. For additional information please refer to Section 13 of Colleges Academic Complaint
and Appeal Policy at the web site identified above.
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Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

Course credits may be granted in recognition of prior learning, and that Application for
Consideration is made through the Office of the Registrar at
Disability Services
Humber seeks to create a welcoming environment where equity, diversity and safety of all
groups are fundamental. Humber is dedicated to providing equal access to students with
disabilities. The Disability Services staff are available by appointment to assess specific needs,
provide referrals and arrange appropriate accommodations. If you require academic
accommodations, contact:
Disability Services:
North Campus: (416) 675-6622 X5180
Lakeshore Campus: (416) 675-6622 X3265
While every effort is made by the professor/faculty to cover all material listed in the outline, the
order, content, and/or evaluation may change in the event of special circumstances (e.g. time
constraints due to inclement weather, sickness, college closure, technology/equipment
problems or changes, etc.).

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