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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:
Val Sarjeant
Course Dates:
06/10/2019 - 09/01/2019

Required Course Materials:
Management of Occupational Health & Safety 7th Edition, E. Kevin Kelloway | Lori Francis | Bernadette Gatien ISBN-13: 9780176657178 © 2017
Optional Course Materials:
Occupational Health & Safety Act & Regulations For Industrial Establishments (Free online)
Course Description:
The major objective of this course is to introduce Human Resources professionals to the broad and ever changing field of Occupational and Safety, an inherently technical subject area far broader than legislation only.  The multiple dimensions of the various issues technical, legislative, political and personal safety at work or in your home are a required part of the training for a professional in this field or for someone who is involved with this kind of operation?  How to deal with consultants in the workplace. Occupational Health (or Hygiene) cannot be separated from Occupational Safety because of the many overlapping requirements and because the well-being of the worker must be first and foremost. The course is designed to be very informative and fun with full class involvement.

This course of study has been arranged in five separate subject areas as they concern the practitioner. Within each section a series of topics will be examined, supported by readings from the text and other references of interest.  The text and the various references materials would constitute a valuable subject library for the practitioner.
Learning Outcomes:
Following the course students will be able to:
  1. Explain the connection between human resource management and occupational health and safety
  2. Describe the regulatory framework surrounding occupational health and safety.
  3. Outline the goals and methods of Workers’ Compensation Boards
  4. Explain the interactions of various chemical and biological groups.
  5. Discuss the psychological, physiological, behavioural, and organizational consequences of stress.
  6. Identify the sources of workplace hazards
  7. Distinguish between events and actions that constitute pre-contact, contact and post-contact control
  8. Discuss the importance of occupational health and safety training
  9. Explain the necessity of having emergency and evacuation plans
  10. Describe the intent and steps of an incident investigation
Course Evaluation
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:

Participation and Contribution to the Discussion   20%   
Assignment 1                15%   
Assignment 2    15%                            
Quizzes                 ​  50%

Total  100%

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 who require academic accommodation should contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS).  Staff at SAS will evaluate your learning needs and, if required, will provide a letter for the course instructor. It is the student’s responsibility to inform the instructor and Program Manager of any accommodation requirements at the start of the course.  For more information, contact SAS at ext. 28652 or visit
On-line Elements:
Material for this course may be accessed through McMaster’s learning system, Avenue to Learn. Your instructor will notify you if, or when, you will be required to log in and use the tools and materials available through this on-line system. Computers are available for use in various locations across McMaster main campus including all libraries, computer labs, and CCE’s Gathering Place. To access Avenue to Learn go to: You will be required to enter your MAC ID (login and password). To activate your MAC ID, contact University Technology Services.
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:
Course Withdrawal Policy:
Course Withdrawal Deadline:  7 calendar days before the last scheduled class date.   Students withdraw from courses in MOSAIC's student center (do not send withdrawal request email to CCE).

To review refund deadlines please read Resources and Policies:
Storm Closure Policy:
In the event of inclement weather, the Centre for Continuing Education will abide by the University’s Storm Closure Policy:, and will only close if the University is closed. All in-class courses, exams and room bookings by internal and external clients will be cancelled if the Centre for Continuing Education is closed. On-line courses will take place as scheduled.
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:
Module 1 Introduction

Occupational Health and Safety issues impact everyone whether at work or at home.  The importance of Occupational Health and Safety is reflected in many areas – economic, legal, technical and moral.  The players or stakeholders – employers, workers, unions, media, the professionals and governments – reflect the importance and philosophy of health and safety and of worker well-being.

Occupational Health and Safety Legislation

Every facet of today’s workplace is affected by many pieces of legislation from the Ministry of Labour, OH&S Act, Environmental, etc. – and regulations are constantly changing to meet with the times. Most legislation is far-reaching and affects all work sites within there scope.


Module 2 Occupational Health and Safety Act of Ontario

  • scope
  • duties of employers – sections 29, 30, 31, 32
  • duties of owner -  sections 29, 30, 31, 32
  • duties of workers – section 28
  • duties of supervisors – section 27
  • duties of Joint Health and Safety Committees – sections 8,9
  • work refusals – section 43
  • dangerous circumstances – section 44
  • duties of certified members – sections 44 – 49
  • reprisals – section 50
  • designated substances – Ont Reg 835-846, RRO 1990
  • Bill 45


Module 3   Workplace Safety & Insurance Act  

  • scope
  • who is covered
  • assessment methods-schedule 1, schedule 2, Workwell, NEER
  • duties of an injured worker
  • duties of employers – form 7, etc.
  • office of the Worker Advisor
  • office of the Employer Advisor
  • appeals – WCAT, adjudication process
  • rehabilitation Duty of worker & employer to accommodate
  • frequency and severity


Module 4 Hazard Recognition Assessment and Control

  • costs – direct and indirect – “iceberg” analogy
  • sources of hazards
  • analysis – applied energies – mechanical, thermal, electrical, etc.
  • risk assessment – Domino theory
  • risk evaluation
  • reports and audits
  • pre-contacts, contact, and post-contact control
  • source – path – human analysis
  • record keeping
  • fault tree analysis
  • confined space, lock out, machine guarding   


  • introduction
  • physical injuries
  • lifting – lower back trauma, NIOSH method calculations
  • repetitive strain injuries


Module 5 Physical Agents

  • noise
  • noise level calculations
  • vibrations
  • thermal stress
  • radiation – ionizing and non-ionizing
  • evaluation and control
  • personal protective equipment (ppe)


Module 6 Chemical and Biological Agents

  • introduction
  • toxicology, an overview
  • toxic substances
  • solvents
  • designated substances
  • health effects – routes of entry, respiratory contaminants
  • measurement and evaluation of airborne contaminants
  • dealing with TLVs
  • TWA calculations
  • biological agents
  • engineering controls
  • work practices
  • personal protective equipment (ppe)
  • medical surveillance
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)

Chemical and Biological Agents

(Ontario Regulations (updated regularly)

  • scope
  • material safety data sheets (MSDS)
  • labels
  • controlled products
  • training
  • physical agents
  • public right to know
  • transportation of dangerous goods (TDG legislation)
  • spill (Environmental legislation)


Module 7 Psychosocial Hazards

  • presenteeism – at work in body but not in mind
  • stressors
  • stress
  • occupational health psychology
  • mental health
  • managing psychosocial hazards
  • spotlight on stressors
  • work life balance


Module 8 Workplace Violence

  • defining workplace violence and aggression
  • risk factors
  • managing aggression and violence
  • best practices
  • sexual harassment
  • prevention


Module 9 Training

  • the role of OHS training
  • OHS training programs
  • Incident prevention
  • Training methods
  • Selecting a good provider
  • Learning theory and training delivery


Module 11 Emergency Preparedness

  • emergency plans, manager
  • evacuation plans
  • medical and other support
  • fire prevention, suppression, plans
  • post contact control


Module 12 Accident Investigation

  • the investigative process
  • workplace inspections
  • factors – human, situational, environmental
  • methods – walk through, interviews, records checking
  • reports
  • calculating frequency and severity rates


Module 13 Return to Work and Disability Management

  • The business case for disability management
  • Duty to accommodate
  • Re-employment obligations
  • Disability management at Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Stigma and return to work
  • Careers in disability management