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HRM 921 - Occupational Health & Safety C21 (Online)

Academic Credit Value:
3 units
Course Delivery Mode:
Hours of Study:
39 hours
Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Anti-requisite(s):
Instructor Name:
Steve Fletcher
Course Dates:
06/08/2020 - 08/30/2020

Required Course Materials:
N/A - All course materials will be available in Avenue to Learn
Optional Course Materials:
Course Description:

The major objective of this course is to introduce human resources professionals to the broad and ever-changing field of occupational health and safety, an inherently technical subject area far broader than legislation only. The course will explore occupational health and safety (OHS) regionally, nationally and internationally, as you analyze technical, legislative, political and personnel issues.

Within each module, you will study a series of topics using multimedia materials carefully curated for you to build your own practitioner library and you will learn from real case studies from the Canadian court system. Upon completion of this course, you should be able to identify a strong OHS program, identify gaps in a program, the role of occupational health (or hygiene), and compile the resources required to build an effective program from the ground up.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, students will:

1.      Explain the connection between human resources management and occupational health and safety when planning and managing safe workplaces.

2.      Make informed recommendations based on knowledge of the evolution of health and safety legislation, including policies, regulations and standards.

3.      Describe the process of hazard recognition, risk assessment, prevention and control (pre-contact, contact and post-contact control)

4.      Explain the risk, identification, interactions, and management of various workplace hazards such as chemical, biological, psychological, and physiological agents.

5.      Discuss the importance of occupational health and safety training, emergency preparedness and evacuation plans in consideration of employer’s obligations and employees’ rights.

6.      Describe the incident investigation process, including accidents/incidents, legal requirements, tools and record keeping.

Course Evaluation

Quiz  (six​ worth 5% each)  30%
Graded Discussions 20%
Assignment #1  25%
Assignment #2  25%

Students are required to provide feedback by completing course reaction/evaluation surveys.  Course evaluations are administered through an online resource.  Course instructors are not involved in the distribution or collection of course evaluations.  In all cases, students will remain anonymous.

Course Format:
This course is designed to present the fundamental concepts and theories in Occupational Health and Safety and promote the application to the workplace and professional practice. Course activities will include quizzes, discussions, synchronous webinars and required readings.
Assignment Submission:
Course assignments are submitted to the appropriate A2L Assignment folder by the specified due date
Late Coursework:
Late assignments will be subject to a 2% per day late penalty (includes weekends and holidays) for up to seven (7) days. After this date, no assignments will be accepted and a grade of zero (0) will be applied. Extensions for course work must be approved by the instructor before the due date (see Academic Regulations below), and will be granted for illness or emergencies only. Students may be asked to submit supporting documentation for an extension request.  

Policy & Procedures:

Academic Regulations (Attendance, Coursework, Tests/Exams):
In accordance with McMaster University’s General Academic Regulations, “it is imperative that students make every effort to meet the originally scheduled course requirements and it is a student’s responsibility to write examinations as scheduled.” Therefore, all students are expected to attend and complete the specific course requirements (i.e. attendance, assignments, and tests/exams) listed in the course outline on or by the date specified.  Students who need to arrange for coursework accommodation, as a result of medical, personal or family reasons, must contact the course instructor within 48 hours of the originally scheduled due date. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the Program Manager/Program Associate to discuss accommodations and procedures related to deferred tests and/or examinations within 48 hours of the originally scheduled test/exam, as per policy.  Failure to contact the course instructor, in the case of missed coursework, or the Program Manager/Program Associate, in the case of a missed test/examination, within the specified 48 hour window will result in a grade of zero (0) on the coursework/exam and no further consideration will be granted.  

*Note: Supporting documentation will be required but will not ensure approval of accommodation(s).
Academic Integrity
(Please note that CCE will adhere to a zero tolerance application of the policy)

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.  Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that result or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: “Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty”), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained, including copying solution sets.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.
Academic Accommodations:
Students with disabilities who require academic accommodations must contact the Student Accessibility Centre (SAS) to meet with an appropriate Disability Services Coordinator. To contact SAS, phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652, or email For further information, consult McMaster University’s Policy for Academic Accommodation for Students with Disabilities.
On-line Elements:
In this course, we will be using on-line elements, which may include email, Avenue to Learn, WebEX, and external web sites.  Students should be aware that, when they access the electronic components of this course, private information such as first and last names, user names for the McMaster e-mail accounts, and program affiliation may become apparent to all other students in the same course. The available information is dependent on the technology used. Continuation in this course will be deemed consent to this disclosure. If you have any questions or concerns about such disclosure please discuss this with the course instructor.
In this course, we will be using a web-based service ( to reveal plagiarism.  Students will be expected to submit their work electronically to so that it can be checked for academic dishonesty.  Students who do not wish to submit their work to must still submit a copy to the assigned Assignment folder and add a note in the comment section that they do not wish to have the paper scanned by Turnitin.  Those files will not be selected for submission.  No penalty will be assigned to a student who does not submit work to  All submitted work is subject to normal verification that standards of academic integrity have been upheld (e.g., on-line search, etc.).  To see the Policy, please go to
Course Changes:
The instructor reserves the right to modify elements of the course and will notify students accordingly.
Course Withdrawal Policy:

Policies related to dropping a course and course withdrawals are posted to the Centre for Continuing Education’s program webpage, FAQs & Policies (/academic-faqs).  

Students withdraw from courses in MOSAIC's student center (do not send withdrawal request email to CCE).

Storm Closure Policy:
Grading Scale:
A+  = 90  -  100 %
A  = 85  -   89 %
A-  = 80  -   84 %
B+  = 77  -   79 %
B  = 73  -   76 %
B-  = 70  -   72 %
C+  = 67  -   69 %
C  = 63  -   66 %
C-  = 60  -   62 %
D+  = 57  -   59 %
D = 53  -   56 %
D-  = 50  -   52 % 
F  = 0    -   49 %
Course Schedule:


Assignments/Graded Components

1 Introduction to Health and Safety


2 Legislation

Quiz 5%

3 Workers Compensation

Quiz 5%

4 Hazard Prevention and Control

(2 week module)

Graded Discussion 10%

5 Hazard Management

(2 week module)

Quiz 5%

Quiz 5%

6 Workplace Violence

Quiz 5%

7 Stress

Assignment 25%

8 Health and Safety Training


9 Emergency Management

Graded Discussion 10%

Assignment 25%

10 Incident and Accident Investigation

Quiz 5%

Module 1 Introduction to Health and Safety

·       History

·       Definitions

·       Occupational Health and Safety

·       Human Resources

Module 2 Legislation

·       Legislation

·       Health and safety committees

·       WHMIS

·       Transportation of Dangerous Goods

Module 3 Workers Compensation

·       WCB/WSIB

·       Emergency responders

·       Employer Challenges

Module 4 Hazard Prevention and Control

·       Occupational health and safety

·       Workplace hazards

·       Injuries

·       Risk assessment

·       Hazard Control

Module 5 Hazard Management

·       Physical agents

·       Managing hazards

·       Physiology

·       Calculating noise levels

·       Chemical and biological agents

·       Hazard control

·       Monitoring requirements

·       Airborne risks

Module 6 Workplace Violence

·       Workplace Violence

·       Risk Factors

·       Prevention Strategies

Module 7 Stress in the Workplace

·       Stressor, stress and strain

·       Sources

·       Consequences of stress

·       Work life conflict

Module 8 Health and Safety Training

·       Training

·       Needs analysis

·       Design and delivery

·       Measuring Outcomes 

Module 9 Emergency Management

·       Emergency

·       Preparedness

·       Potential emergencies

·       Historical Emergencies

Module 10 Incident and Accident Investigation

·       Incident and Accident Investigations

·       Prevention

·       Record keeping