HRM843 - Occupational Health and Safety

Outline info
Last revision date 2018-07-03 22:34:34.901
Last review date 2018-07-03 22:34:34.903

Subject Title
Occupational Health and Safety

Subject Description
The student will explore the nature and dimensions of workplace health and safety regulation in the workplace by government legislation as well as the role of agencies such as the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). In addition, various positive health and safety initiatives made by proactive employers will be examined.

Credit Status
One credit.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss key legal, technical, political, management and employee issues relating to health and safety in the workplace.
  2. Discuss the role and importance of effective health and safety management to business, government, organized labour, individual employees and society (in general terms).
  3. Outline key legal rights and responsibilities of employees and employers with respect to health and safety issues in the workplace.
  4. Design a basic policy and strategy for promoting safe practices in the work environment and healthy lifestyles.
  5. Explain several techniques for managing and promoting health and safety in the workplace.
  6. Investigate workplace accidents, identify source causes and document recommendations for preventing recurrence.
  7. Conduct a workplace safety inspection, identify and document hazards and recommend corrective actions for management approval.
  8. Manage and document a WSIB case from the time of the initial accident and submission of the Form 7 to the injured worker's return to work.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


However, it is recommended that students begin their studies with HRM701, Introduction to Human Resources Management, if they plan to pursue the Human Resources Management Graduate Certificate. 

Topic Outline

  • Importance of Health and Safety in the Workplace
  • Occupational Health & Safety Legislation 
  • Workers' Compensation Act of Ontario 
  • Hazard Identification and Control 
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System 
  • Accident Investigation 
  • Understanding Physical Agents 
  • Ergonomics 
  • Chemical and Biological Agents 
  • Management of OH & S Programs 
  • Trends in Occupational Health & Safety 
  • Emergency Preparedness 


Mode of Instruction
A combination of teaching methods will be utilized which may include lectures, case studies, discussions, group and individual work.

This course is delivered online. This may involve the use of digital materials and/or a text, group discussions, interaction with your instructor and online activities. 

Prescribed Texts
Classroom  & Online

Title: Management of Occupational Health and Safety
Edition: 7 E 
Author: Kelloway 
Publisher: Thomson Nelson Canada
ISBN: 9780176657178
(edition updated for summer 2017)

Reference Material
 Basic Occupational Health and Safety Program.  Wuorinen, Val.  Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.

A Guide to the Occupational Health and Safety Act.  Ontario Ministry of Labour.  Ontario Ministry of Labour. 

A Basic Health & Safety Program.  Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety.  Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety. 

Safety: Getting the Hang of it.  The Industrial Accident Prevention Association.  The Industrial Accident Prevention Association. 

Working in Ontario.  Ontario Ministry of Labour.  Ontario Ministry of Labour. 

Workers' Compensation Board Act.   Publications Ontario.  Publications Ontario.

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Assignments are due on the dates specified. Should extenuating circumstances arise, please contact your instructor immediately, prior to when your assignment is due, so an appropriate course of action can be established. Late assignments may be subject to a penalty of up to 10% per week and will not generally be accepted beyond two weeks after the assignment due date.

In cases of cheating or plagiarism, the College Academic Policy will prevail.  Please ensure that all assignments and reports are properly documented.

Students are referred to the following web site for the Seneca College Library MLA Style Guides, Academic Honesty Policy and Copyright guidelines:  


Dates for evaluations are specified in the weekly schedule addendum to this outline. The evaluation process may include, but is not limited to, tests, exams, assignments or presentations. Any absences or missed submissions due to medical or other reasons must be supported by medical or other appropriate documentation within one (1) week of the due date. The faculty and program area must be notified immediately in the even of a missed evaluation. Upon acceptance of the documentation, the weighting of the missed deliverable will normally be applied to the final exam.

English Competency:

The ability to communicate effectively is essential for success in business. Therefore, you must demonstrate English competency in this course in both oral and written work. Ensure your written work includes correct sentence structure, spelling and punctuation. Always spell check, edit and proofread your work.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Classroom   Online  
Assignment 30% Quizzes (9 x 4%) 36%
Midterm Test 30% Assignments  (3 x 7%) 21%
Final Exam 40% Participation 3%
    Final Exam ** 40%

** Final Exams: The final exam for online courses must be written at the Test Centre of the College at which you registered. If you are unable to do so, please make alternative arrangements through the College at which you registered. All the academic policies of the College at which you registered apply. This includes, but is not limited to, policies related to grading, supplemental exams, deferred exams and accommodations.

Please retain this course outline document for future educational and/or employment use.

Academic Program Manager:
Emiliano Introcaso

Approved by: Academic Program Manager Emiliano Introcaso