Introduction to Health and Safety Systems

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 or through blended (online + in-class) learning.
  • 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 of effective health and safety management systems.
  • Apply basic concepts and principles associated with managing safety, such as hazard assessment, risk management, incident investigation, workplace inspections, training, and continuous improvement.
  • Explain the variations in roles and duties of health and safety practitioners, as well as their relationship with others.
  • Describe the evolution of health and safety management since the industrial revolution.
  • Describe a basic approach to building an effective health and safety management system.
  • Describe the basic OHS legislation in Alberta and its general influence on OHS performance.
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.” Some sections of EXOS 4620 are delivered entirely online; others are taught through a mix of online and in-class instruction (blended).
  • 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 (online or blended).
  • The online components of this course are facilitated through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool.
Currently counts towards

We recommend that you apply to the program as soon as possible to lock in your course requirements as they are subject 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.

You can register for and take a course without applying and enrolling into the program.

When will
this course be offered?

New course schedules are released each June and November.

Course not yet scheduled

This course is not currently scheduled, but may be offered in an upcoming term.

New course schedules are announced each June and November.


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