Incident Investigation

    EXOS 4579 is offered this spring:

This sem­i­nar will step you through the inves­ti­ga­tion of unplanned events.” Learn the crit­i­cal parts of the ini­tial response, secur­ing the area, gath­er­ing evi­dence, inter­view­ing tech­niques, doc­u­men­ta­tion, role of var­i­ous stake­hold­ers, report­ing for­mats, etc. Also learn the pri­ma­ry rea­sons for per­form­ing inci­dent investigations.

Course at a glance
  • Fully online self-paced asynchronous course, 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:

  • Recognize the importance of the accident theory within incident investigation practice.
  • Describe the processes involved in determining the costs of incidents.
  • Identify best practices in preserving fragile information during incident investigations.
  • Describe key strategies for collecting pertinent information for analysis following an incident.
  • Analyze a case to establish a probable cause and a potential contributing factor.
  • Identify communication strategies to effect change and prevent recurrence.
  • Prepare a follow-up plan to ensure post-incident safety recommendations are implemented.


Apr 12, 2021May 8, 2021
Asyn­chro­nous online learning, eClass

14 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

Timothy Reteff

Your Instructor

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Timothy Reteff (B.A., CRSP) has worked in health and safety for more than a decade. He started his career as a hazmat tech in the consulting industry, where he oversaw the abatement and remediation of hazardous materials from sites ranging from residential to commercial to industrial. Working with Alberta Occupational Health & Safety since 2012, Tim has been involved in a number of fatality investigations and countless reportable incident investigations. It is his belief that safety is no accident and that almost every incident is preventable with the correct amount of due diligence and proper planning.

Class info
  • 14 course hours in total
  • Cost assistance: May be eli­gi­ble for the Cana­da-Alber­ta Job Grant and the Canada Training Benefit. (view all)
    Cor­po­rate mul­ti-reg­is­tra­tion pack­ages (groups of 4 or more) are avail­able for most Exten­sion cours­es. Con­tact us at for pre­ferred pricing.
  • Open for registration until April 12, 2021. Register at least one week before the course start date to secure your spot. If space is available you may register until the day the course starts.
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 online, self-paced course is to be completed within the start and end dates specified.
  • In this learning model, you are free to move through the content at your own rate; your instructor will answer questions and support you as needed, via email and eClass.
  • The course will sequentially walk you through its content, in which you will be exposed to the high level concepts; be given a case study with some knowledge-check questions and instant feedback; be asked to prepare a personalized post to apply the content to your own place of work; and then you may wait for feedback from your instructor or proceed directly to the quiz for that section.
  • 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.

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EXOS 4579 is offered this spring: