Health and Safety Law

    EXOS 4624 is offered this spring:

As a health and safe­ty prac­ti­tion­er your prac­tice is gov­erned by an array of Fed­er­al and Provin­cial leg­is­la­tion and pol­i­cy. This course, which is based on cur­rent leg­is­la­tion, will guide stu­dents through the key ele­ments of the reg­u­la­to­ry envi­ron­ment gov­ern­ing work­place safe­ty includ­ing: the frame­work of occu­pa­tion­al health and safe­ty in Alber­ta, orga­ni­za­tion­al oblig­a­tions, juris­dic­tion­al con­sid­er­a­tions, and an overview of eth­i­cal and legal respon­si­bil­i­ties as a safe­ty professional.

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:

  • Identify and analyze occupational health and safety laws relevant to businesses, industries, and occupations within Alberta.
  • Discuss the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Act, Regulation and Code, and communicate an understanding of the application of the Act, Regulation, and Code.
  • Identify other legislation that may impact you as an occupational health and safety practitioner.
  • Develop skills necessary to develop a practical and feasible plan for complying with the Act, Regulation, and Code in the workplace or respond to incidents accordingly.
  • Present information and plans related to health and safety legislation and policy to management and staff in a professional and usable manner.
  • Explore appropriate ways to communicate and interact effectively with the regulators.


Overall Schedule
Apr 19 — pre-class information opens

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

Lecture/Class Schedule
Apr 20Jun 1


6:00 pm – 9:00 pm MT






Jun 26 — 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

Your Instructor

Christopher SpasoffID: christopher-spasoff

Christopher Spasoff is one of only a handful of lawyers with experience on both sides of the OH&S regulatory regime, having spent time as an OH&S Crown Prosecutor and as an OH&S Defence Lawyer. Often sought out for his practical, easy-to-understand advice and common-sense approach to problem solving, Christopher left the Crown in 2014 to establish F2 Legal Counsel, a law firm exclusively dedicated to the practice of occupational health and safety law. As an advisor to both employers and workers on a variety of OHS issues, Christopher is passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience whenever possible.

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 4624 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.
  • Required reading materials: Alberta OH&S Act, Regulation, and Code, Alberta Queen’s Printer (
  • To pass this course, students must achieve a minimum final grade of 70%.
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.

Looking for
different course dates?

New course schedules are released each June and November.

EXOS 4624 is offered this spring: