Management of Health and Safety Systems

    EXOS 4621 is offered this spring:

Effec­tive­ly devel­op­ing, man­ag­ing, and mea­sur­ing the effec­tive­ness of health and safe­ty sys­tems is a chal­lenge for all health and safe­ty pro­fes­sion­als. This course will intro­duce stu­dents to the basic issues and pro­vide tools to make the task eas­i­er. This course presents an overview of fac­tors influ­enc­ing the suc­cess of health and safe­ty sys­tems. These fac­tors include under­stand­ing orga­ni­za­tion­al safe­ty cul­ture”, under­stand­ing effec­tive and effi­cient man­age­ment prin­ci­ples, estab­lish­ing pri­or­i­ties, mea­sur­ing pro­gram suc­cess, pre­sent­ing infor­ma­tion effec­tive­ly, ana­lyz­ing finan­cial impacts of pro­grams. This course will pro­vide a basic overview of man­age­ment skills and prin­ci­ples and how they apply to the devel­op­ment of safe­ty sys­tems with­in an orga­ni­za­tion or com­pa­ny. Pre­req­ui­site: EXOS 4620.

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

  • Perform effective health and safety work planning within the context of an organization's culture, capacity, and objectives.
  • Evaluate and understand the impact of an organization's structure and culture on the effectiveness of its occupational health and safety management systems.
  • Analyze incident information and key performance indicators to understand their impact on the organization and to recommend corrective measures and improvements to the occupational health and safety management system.
  • Align and integrate workplace standards, best practices, and continual improvement strategies and methods within an organization's occupational health and safety management systems.
  • Recognize the impact of stakeholder behaviours and motivators on the implementation of effective health and safety systems.
  • Develop and communicate a health and safety improvement plan in accordance with risk management and communication principles.
  • Describe the elements of OHS practitioner codes of ethics/conduct and be able to apply an ethical dilemma resolution process.


Apr 19, 2021Jun 26, 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

Susan SawatzkyID: susan-sawatzky

Susan Sawatzky is an independent consultant specializing in fatigue risk management, stress management, and psychological health and safety in the workplace. She is the South Region Manager with the Alberta Construction Safety Association. An international keynote speaker, Susan has presented for a variety of organizations with notable clients including NASA, the American Society of Safety Professionals, and the Global Conference on Fatigue Management. Her industry experience includes assisting in the advancement of NASA’s Fatigue Management Program and creating fatigue policy and guidelines with the Canadian oil and gas industry.



Dyck, D.E.G.

Occupational Health & Safety: Theory, Strategy & I

ISBN 9780433502074

Class info
Take note:

  • This course is offered several times throughout the year; each specific offering is called a “course section.” Some sections of EXOS 4621 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.

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EXOS 4621 is offered this spring: