Introduction to Health and Safety Systems

    EXOS 4620 is offered this winter:

This intro­duc­tion to the­o­ries and prac­tices of health and safe­ty pro­grams in the work­place includes the recog­ni­tion, eval­u­a­tion, and con­trol haz­ards. You will devel­op a basic under­stand­ing of acci­dent con­trol pro­ce­dures as you exam­ine the leg­is­la­tions relat­ed to acci­dent inves­ti­ga­tion, work site inspec­tion, acci­dent cau­sa­tion the­o­ries, and safe-work pro­ce­dure development.

Course at a glance

  • Offered fully online learning - asynchronous or synchronous format.
  • Explore the main concepts of safety management, understand how they play a role in your work as a health and safety practitioner, and learn how to apply them for solving relevant practical problems.
  • Aimed at entry-level and practicing health and safety coordinators, professionals, officers, technicians, supervisors, trainers, management, and administrators.
What you will learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe the fundamental elements within effective health and safety management systems including theoretical contributions, key stakeholders and workplace standards.
  • Discuss the field of occupational health and safety through review of historical context and foundational theories.
  • Articulate the value and common practices in developing and maintaining an OHS program.
  • Identify key OHS Management System (OHSMS) elements.
  • Apply the basic concepts and principles associated with managing safety such as: hazard assessment, risk assessment, incident investigation, emergency management, workplace inspections, training and continuous improvement.
  • Describe the basic OHS legislation in Alberta and its general influence on OHS performance.
  • Discuss current trends in the OHS profession and professional ethics.

Offered:

Take note:
  • This course is offered several times throughout the year; each specific offering is called a “course section.” 
  • When selecting the dates and the section you want to enrol in, look for the note that indicates the delivery format of that specific section—and make sure you have chosen a section that’s offered in your desired format (asynchronous or synchronous).
  • The online components of this course are facilitated through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool.
  • There is a required textbook for this course.
Jan 9, 2023Mar 19, 2023
Asyn­chro­nous online learning, eClass

39 hours of instruction

In asynchronous online courses, students are expected to move through the course material at the same pace as their peers, but there are no real-time virtual classroom sessions to attend. All components of this type of course are accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool. for­mat details

Your Instructor

Susan SawatzkyID: susan-sawatzky

Susan Sawatzky is an independent consultant specializing in fatigue risk management, stress management, and psychological health and safety in the workplace. She is the South Region Manager with the Alberta Construction Safety Association. An international keynote speaker, Susan has presented for a variety of organizations with notable clients including NASA, the American Society of Safety Professionals, and the Global Conference on Fatigue Management. Her industry experience includes assisting in the advancement of NASA’s Fatigue Management Program and creating fatigue policy and guidelines with the Canadian oil and gas industry.

Textbooks

Required

Alberta Oh&s Acts, Regulations And Codes

Required

Dianne E.G. Dyck

Occupational Health & Safety: Theory, Strategy & I

ISBN 9780433502074

Class info
This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.

Take note:

  • This course is offered several times throughout the year; each specific offering is called a “course section.” 
  • When selecting the dates and the section you want to enrol in, look for the note that indicates the delivery format of that specific section—and make sure you have chosen a section that’s offered in your desired format (asynchronous or synchronous).
  • The online components of this course are facilitated through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool.
  • There is a required textbook for this course.
Currently counts towards:

Applicants intending to enrol in a program are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to lock in their course requirements since they are prone to change.

*If you are already enroled in this program, please refer to your specific program requirements as outlined at the time of your admission: Bear Tracks > Academic Advisement.

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New course schedules are released each June and November.

EXOS 4620 is offered this winter: