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 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.
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.

When will
this course be offered?

New course schedules are released each June and November.

Scheduled for Fall/Winter:

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