Human Rights: Workplace Health and Safety

    EX 1111 is offered this fall:

Human Rights Leg­is­la­tion and Safe­ty Leg­is­la­tion do not always work har­mo­nious­ly togeth­er. When con­flict occurs, one must be care­ful to achieve the safe­ty objec­tive with a min­i­mal impact to fun­da­men­tal human rights. This sem­i­nar will dis­cuss the major areas of con­flict includ­ing: pre-employ­ment med­ical test­ing and med­ical infor­ma­tion, duty to accom­mo­date dis­abil­i­ties, pro­vi­sion of pro­grams in dif­fer­ent lan­guages, drug and alco­hol test­ing, and PPE and reli­gious prac­tices. Also, this sem­i­nar will acquaint you with the Human Rights Process and dis­cuss strate­gies to ensure that you and your com­pa­ny are com­ply­ing with the legislation.

Course at a glance
  • This is a blended (online + in-class) course; its online components are accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool.
  • 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 human rights laws relevant to health and safety programs at the worksite.
  • Discuss the Human Rights Law in Alberta and communicate an understanding of the application of human rights to health and safety.
  • Acquire the skills necessary to develop safety programs that adhere to the requirements of the Human Rights Law.
  • Present to management and staff, in a professional manner, information and plans related to human rights and their impact on safety programs.
  • Understand how to communicate and interact effectively with the regulators, including Occupational Health and Safety and the Alberta Human Rights Commission.


Overall Schedule
Oct 25 — pre-class information opens

Students in this course section may have pre-class readings or assessments to complete.

Lecture/Class Schedule
Oct 28Oct 29




8:30 am – 5:00 pm MT


8:30 am – 5:00 pm MT



Nov 14 — post-class component closes

Students in this section may have post-class readings or assessments to complete.

Syn­chro­nous online learning, eClass

14 hours of instruction

In synchronous online courses, students move through the course material at the same pace as their peers. These courses also provide learners with pre-scheduled online lectures that have the instructor and students interacting at the same time. All components of this type of course are accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool. for­mat details

Mark Greene

Your Instructor

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Since 2001, Mark Greene has worked for Alberta Justice, where he is currently the lead civil legal counsel for Occupational Health and Safety. Mark also provides advice to many government departments in respect to occupational health and safety issues. His background experience includes environmental law, transportation safety law, family law (family protection), and legal counsel to the Law Enforcement Review Board. Mark has been a guest speaker at many events, including conferences hosted by the Health and Safety Conference Society of Alberta, Canadian Society of Safety Engineers, the Alberta Construction Safety Association, Residential Construction Industry Conference, and the Petroleum Safety Association of Canada.

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:

  • Pre- and post-course activities may be required as part of this course. Pre-course instructions and materials will be available on eClass one week prior to the course start date; advanced registration is advised.
  • Students are required to bring to class a printed copy of Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act, Regulation, and Code in its entirety. Digital copies of the Act can be acquired free of charge at the Alberta Queen’s Printer website (
  • Course materials are available in eClass, including readings supplied as PDFs or web links.
  • Graded on a pass or fail basis: a passing grade of 70% or higher is required to receive Completed Requirements (CR) on your transcript.
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.

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New course schedules are released each June and November.

EX 1111 is offered this fall: