Management of Health and Safety Systems

    EXOS 4621 is offered this fall, winter and 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 learning - asynchronous or synchronous format.
  • 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:

  • Evaluate and understand the impact of an organization's structure and safety culture on the effectiveness of its occupational health and safety management systems.
  • Align and integrate workplace 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.
  • Recognize the role of an OH&S consultant and discuss how they best serve the needs of their client.
  • Perform effective health, safety work planning within the context of an organization's culture, capacity and objectives.
  • Describe the elements of OH&S Practitioner codes of ethics/conduct and be able to apply an ethical dilemma resolution process.

Offered:

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.
Overall Schedule
Nov 21 — pre-class information opens

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

Lecture/Class Schedule
Nov 24Nov 27
Mondays

Tuesdays

Wednesdays

Thursdays

8:00 am – 5:00 pm MT

Fridays

8:00 am – 5:00 pm MT

Saturdays

8:00 am – 5:00 pm MT

Sundays

8:00 am – 5:00 pm MT

Dec 11 — post-class component closes

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

Syn­chro­nous online learning, eClass

39 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

Ryan Davis

Your Instructor

Ryan DavisID: ryan-davis

Ryan Davis is a management and OHS consultant based out of Edmonton, Alberta. His practice focuses on measuring health and safety management systems, education, and data analysis. Ryan holds an MBA, is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional, a Certified Health and Safety Consultant, and Certified EHS Trainer. He also serves as the Treasurer for the Alberta Society of Health and Safety Professionals (ASHSP). Ryan has had the good fortune to partner with a number of great companies and associations over the years, including the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), Grande Prairie Regional College, and the Alberta Construction Safety Association (ACSA).

Textbooks

Required

Dyck, D.E.G

Occupational Health & Safety: Theory, Strategy & I

ISBN 9780433502074


Required

Government of Alberta

Ohs Act, Regulation And Code
Class info
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.
Jan 16, 2023Mar 26, 2023
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.

Textbook

Required

DYCK

Occupational Health & Safety: Theory, Strategy & I

4 edition

ISBN 9780433502074

Class info
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.
Apr 10, 2023Jun 18, 2023
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.

Textbook

Required

Dyck, D.E.G.

Occupational Health & Safety: Theory, Strategy & I

ISBN 9780433502074

Class info
Prerequisites
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.

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New course schedules are released each June and November.

EXOS 4621 is offered this fall, winter and spring: