OHS101 - Legislation for Health and Safety

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Subject Title
Legislation for Health and Safety

Subject Description
Understanding the various jurisdictions is foundational to occupational health and safety. Students learn to locate specific legislation, the interface between the statutes, regulations, codes and standards.
The obligations of employers and of employees is discussed, as is the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act and Regulations, filing claims, entitlement decision making, benefits, appeals and re-employment.

Credit Status
One credit toward the Occupational Health and Safety Certificate

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

1. Access and interpret the relevant sections of the various Acts and Regulations.

2. Use the WSIB Workwell Audit to evaluate a company's present status and identify areas of risk that need to be targeted for improvement.

3. Manage disability claims within the parameters and according to the requirements established by the WSIB.

4. Effectively use the internet as a resource for staying current with respect to health and safety legislation and claims management.

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 http://library.senecacollege.ca 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 student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

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.


Topic Outline
Acts and Regulations

  • Various Federal and Provincial websites
  • Roles and responsibilities for employers, employees, joint health and safety committees
  • Various resource sites available to assist in interpretation and implementation of the Acts and regulations: The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB).

WSIB Workwell Audit
  • Criteria used by the WSIB to select firms for a Workwell Audit
  • WSIB Workwell audit template
  • Application and scoring of a Workwell Audit
  • Various resources available to assist in the successful completion of a Work well Audit
  • Who to use the results of the Workwell audit to develop safety programs

Disability claims
  • File work-related injuries to the WSIB or Compensation Board
  • Interacting with the WSIB regarding claims
  • The WSIB's Early and Safe return to Work (ESRTW) program requirements
  • Identify potential and/or actual barriers to return to work and initiate corrective actions
  • Resources available to assist in difficult claims (mediation, nurse case manager, operational policy manual, third party)
  • Filing a notice of objection, appeals, request for Second Injury and Enhancement Fund (SIEF)

Effective use of Internet as a resource
  • Various relevant websites
  • Educational opportunities available through the Internet
  • Various free e-news services available through the Internet

Mode of Instruction
 This will involve the use of digital materials and/or a text, mandatory group discussions, interaction with your instructor and online activities.

Learning Activities and Assessment

Samples of learning activities include:

  • Summarizing lectures and reading assignments
  • Case studies, problem solving and decision making
  • Research topics
  • Assignments
Platform:  Blackboard

Prescribed Texts
No textbook required

Reference Material

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 (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
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.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Posting requested information on the discussion board 10%
Case Studies 20%
Assignments 30%
Final Project 40%

The passing grade for this course is: 60%.

No student will be eligible to graduate with a Seneca College certificate or diploma if, in more than 30% of the subjects required for graduation, the student has received a "D" grade.

  • Assignments are due on the date given by the instructor.
  • A late penalty of 10% per day is assessed for late assignments, including those not handed in at the beginning of class when due.
  • Material will not be accepted after one week following the due date and/or when the marked material is returned to students, whichever comes first.
  • Assignments are to be prepared by computer.

Absenteeism and Exams
  • Students who are absent for an examination due to an emergency (e.g., motor vehicle accident, hospitalization or death in the family) may provide official documentation within five days of the missed exam and be provided a deferred exam at a later date.  Official documentation includes a death notice or an original doctor’s certificate identifying the date, length of time expected absence and the specific reason for the absence.  Examinations missed without official documentation and approval result in a grade of zero.
  • There are no deferred options for missed tests.  

English Proficiency
  • All written work should demonstrate the following characteristics for clarity and conciseness:
-writing is consistent with the rules of English grammar
-spelling and punctuation are correct
-sentences are structured correctly
-main ideas are supported with specific, relevant examples and reasons
-work flows logically through supporting statements/paragraphs
-work is arranged in correct format (e.g., as a report, essay)
-up to 10% of the final grade may be deducted on all work if the above English competencies are not met.


Approved by: Sharon Estok