OHS103 - Management Labour Concerns in Occupational H&S

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Subject Title
Management Labour Concerns in Occupational H&S

Subject Description
Emerging trends and current management issues, concepts, and practices pertaining to the field of occupational health and safety are examined. Discussion focuses on several functional characteristics within
organizations that pose unique challenges for the practitioner attempting to effectively manage resources, both material and human.

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. Identify the impact of social, global, technological and industrial changes in the workplace on health and safety.

2. Examine emerging trends in management and labour which relate to occupational health and safety

3. Identify health and safety programs associated with current trends in the workplace.

4. Discuss the role of management in the occupational health and safety field.

5. Discuss ways to resolve safety-related conflict between management and labour.

6. Discuss ways to manage change.

7. Discuss "environmental hypersensitivity" and its impact on the workplace.

8. Discuss risk management and its application.

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.

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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
Impact of social, global technological and industrial changes in the workplace

  • Understand diverse behaviour - based safety in the workplace
  • Understand the issues related to legislations and international agreements
  • Understand the impact of diversification/downsizing/automation and economy on the workplace

Emerging trends in management practices, labour practices, workplace, OHS practices and OHS statistics
  • Understand general managerial and labour functions
  • Understand safety and health culture
  • Understand managerial labour responsibilities for health and safety issues

Health and safety programs associated with current impact and trends in the workplace
  • Select appropriate tools for needs identification and analysis
  • Develop and implement OHS programs
  • Effective decision - making skills

Role and concerns of management and labour in occupational health and safety area
  • Effective communications skills
  • Staff motivation
  • Effective performance appraisals
  • Appropriate disciplinary actions/ mechanisms

Conflict between management and labour
  • Conflict resolution skills/ diffusing techniques
  • Behaviour - based safety
  • Problem - solving skills/strategies

Impact of the new work environment on Health and Safety
  • Effective change management/process
  • Critical thinking

"Environmental Hypersensitivity" and its impact on the workplace
  • Understand the responsibilities of management and labour in the effective management of EH in the workplace

Risk management, and its application using risk assessment frameworks
  • Understand the risk assessment determination model
  • Understand the components of risk assessment
  • Effective risk communication skills

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:

  • Reading the required lessons within the prescribed time frames
  • Completing on-line self-checking quizzes
  • Participation in directed on-line discussion forums/chats and Critical Thinking Exercises
  • Completion of written assignments
  • Completion of final exam
Platform:  Blackboard

Prescribed Texts

There is no mandatory textbook for this subject. 

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:

Assignments 40%
Participation in discussion Forums  20%
Final Project 40%

The passing grade for this course is 60% and you must pass the final exam to pass the course.

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