Human Rights: Workplace Health and Safety

Human Rights Leg­is­la­tion and Safe­ty Leg­is­la­tion do not always work har­mo­nious­ly togeth­er. When con­flict occurs, one must be care­ful to achieve the safe­ty objec­tive with a min­i­mal impact to fun­da­men­tal human rights. This sem­i­nar will dis­cuss the major areas of con­flict includ­ing: pre-employ­ment med­ical test­ing and med­ical infor­ma­tion, duty to accom­mo­date dis­abil­i­ties, pro­vi­sion of pro­grams in dif­fer­ent lan­guages, drug and alco­hol test­ing, and PPE and reli­gious prac­tices. Also, this sem­i­nar will acquaint you with the Human Rights Process and dis­cuss strate­gies to ensure that you and your com­pa­ny are com­ply­ing with the legislation.

Course at a glance
  • Offered fully online learning - 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:

  • Identify and analyze human rights laws relevant to health and safety programs at the worksite.
  • Discuss the Human Rights Law in Alberta and communicate an understanding of the application of Human Rights to health and safety.
  • Develop skills necessary to develop safety programs which adhere to the requirements of Human Rights Law.
  • Present information and plans related to Human Rights, and its impact on safety programs, to management and staff in a professional and usable manner.
  • Learn how to communicate and interact effectively with the regulators, including Occupational Health and Safety and the Alberta Human Rights Commission.
      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:

      • Pre-and post-course activities may be required as part of this course. Pre-course instructions and materials will be available on eClass.
      • The online components of this course are facilitated through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool.
      • Graded on a pass or fail basis: a passing grade of 70% or higher is required to receive Completed Requirements (CR) on your transcript.
      • Required reading materials: Alberta OH&S Act, Regulation, and Code, Alberta King’s Printer ( 
      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.

      When will
      this course be offered?

      New course schedules are released each June and November.

      Scheduled for Fall/Winter:

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