Ethics and Professional Practice

Ethics and pro­fes­sion­al prac­tice cov­ers man­age­ment eth­i­cal issues with­in the legal, reg­u­la­to­ry, and social con­text, eth­i­cal issues of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and con­sul­ta­tion fac­ing OHS Pro­fes­sion­als, and eth­i­cal deci­sion-mak­ing in the con­text of cor­po­rate and per­son­al respon­si­bil­i­ties. The course pro­vides stu­dents with the­o­ret­i­cal back­ground (mod­els and frame­works), prac­ti­cal skills (assess­ment, delib­er­a­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion), and pro­fes­sion­al tools (codes of con­duct and legal frame­works). The­ses out­comes enable the OHS Pro­fes­sion­al to under­stand ana­lyze, nego­ti­ate, and act in accor­dance with inter­na­tion­al, nation­al, cor­po­rate, and per­son­al standards.
Course at a glance
  • This course has been approved by the BCRSP as meeting the Ethics Program and Provider Standard.
  • Course offered in a blended (online + in-class) learning 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 the difference between ethics and law.
  • Explore the requirements of strong, ethical practice.
  • Discuss the consequences (both legal and otherwise) of failing to meet ethical requirements.
  • Explore and analyze ethical dilemmas in occupational health and safety.
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 is a blended (online + in-class) course; its online components are accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool.
  • Pre- and post-course activities are required as part of this course. Pre-course instructions and materials are available on eClass one week prior to the course start date; advanced registration is advised.
  • Students are encouraged to bring their own laptops or tablets to class.

Required reading material (bring it with you to class): Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act, Regulation and Code, Alberta Queen’s Printer (

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.

When will
this course be offered?

New course schedules are released each June and November.

Course not yet scheduled

This course is not currently scheduled, but may be offered in an upcoming term.

New course schedules are announced each June and November.

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