Health and Safety Law

As a health and safe­ty prac­ti­tion­er your prac­tice is gov­erned by an array of Fed­er­al and Provin­cial leg­is­la­tion and pol­i­cy. This course, which is based on cur­rent leg­is­la­tion, will guide stu­dents through the key ele­ments of the reg­u­la­to­ry envi­ron­ment gov­ern­ing work­place safe­ty includ­ing: the frame­work of occu­pa­tion­al health and safe­ty in Alber­ta, orga­ni­za­tion­al oblig­a­tions, juris­dic­tion­al con­sid­er­a­tions, and an overview of eth­i­cal and legal respon­si­bil­i­ties as a safe­ty professional.

Course at a glance
  • Offered fully online learning - asynchronous or synchronous format.
  • 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:

  • Identify and analyze occupational health and safety laws relevant to businesses, industries, and occupations within Alberta.
  • Discuss the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHS Act) and the Occupational Health and Safety Code (OHS Code), and communicate an understanding of the application of the OHS Act and OHS Code.
  • Identify other legislation that may impact you as an occupational health and safety practitioner.
  • Develop skills necessary to develop a practical and feasible plan for complying with the Act, Regulation, and Code in the workplace or respond to incidents accordingly.
  • Present information and plans related to health and safety legislation and policy to management and staff in a professional and usable manner.
  • Explore appropriate ways to communicate and interact effectively with the regulators.
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.
  • To pass this course, students must achieve a minimum final grade of 70%.
  • Required reading materials: Alberta OH&S Act, Regulation, and Code, Alberta King’s Printer (
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.

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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