Safety Hazard Recognition, Evaluation & Control

    EXOS 4609 is offered this spring:

This intro­duc­to­ry course exam­ines health and safe­ty haz­ards and con­trols in a vari­ety of work­place set­tings. The focus of the course will be on con­duct­ing haz­ard assess­ments and iden­ti­fy­ing poten­tial con­trols. A vari­ety of top­ics will be intro­duced, includ­ing include fall pro­tec­tion, con­fined spaces, exca­va­tions, mobile equip­ment, equip­ment guard­ing, con­trol of haz­ardous ener­gy, elec­tri­cal safe­ty and hoist­ing and con­vey­ing equip­ment. Meth­ods to eval­u­ate haz­ards and deter­mine the risk pre­sent­ed by the haz­ards will be cov­ered. Engi­neer­ing, admin­is­tra­tive and per­son­al pro­tec­tive equip­ment con­trol tech­niques to pro­tect work­er safe­ty and health will be empha­sized through­out the course. This course is well suit­ed for indi­vid­u­als new to the field of safe­ty and look­ing for a high lev­el overview of gen­er­al hazards.

Course at a glance
  • Offered fully online or through blended (online + in-class) learning.
  • 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:

  • Develop basic hazard identification and assessment tools.
  • Identify basic hazards in a variety of occupational environments.
  • Evaluate and determine risks presented by basic hazards.
  • Develop controls to protect against risks for common hazards.


Apr 12, 2021Jun 19, 2021
Asyn­chro­nous online learning, eClass

39 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

Your Instructor

Wil PulferID: wil-pulfer

Wil Pulfer has over 20 years of experience in the OHS and industrial hygiene fields. He has worked throughout Western Canada in a diverse range of industrial, manufacturing, commercial, and public sector industries performing an assortment of projects including assessments, surveys, and investigations. Wil is currently the principal of an OHS and industrial hygiene consulting firm that focuses on OHS program development, industrial hygiene, and education. He has also served as president of the Canadian Registration Board of Occupational Hygienists (CRBOH).

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:

  • This course is offered several times throughout the year; each specific offering is called a “course section.” Some sections of EXOS 4609 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.

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different course dates?

New course schedules are released each June and November.

EXOS 4609 is offered this spring: