E-Learning Program: Foundations of Occupational Health & Safety Course (HS200)
August 18, 2023 - January 31, 2025
This is an e-learning offering available to students on-demand. You take this program at your own pace. There is no start and end date.
The world is full of hazards and risks, and they exist in almost all areas of our lives, including the workplace. Every workplace has its specific hazards and thousands of workers are injured each year. Because of this, it is important for any engineer to know how to identify hazards and how to effectively control associated risks.
Foundations of Occupational Health & Safety (Course 200)
In this course, we revisit some of the topics discussed in Course 100 and introduce some new concepts, focussing on hazard identification, risk assessment, and risk management.
This course is divided into seven modules:
- The Hazard Identification module explores the nature of hazards, as well as the relationship between energy sources and hazards. It also examines some of the techniques used for hazard identification.
- In the Risk Assessment and Management module, we discuss the importance of managing risk. Additionally, we review the steps of the risk assessment process and the components of a well-thought-out risk management plan.
- In the Legislation, Codes and Standards module, we look at the legal side of Occupational Health and Safety, beginning with a brief overview of the Canadian legal system before focussing on OHS legislation and the legislation governing professional engineers.
- The Mental Health in the Workplace and Academia module addresses the importance of mental health for students and employees, as well as key psychosocial risk factors that affect mental health on the job.
- In the Leadership and Management Systems module, we discuss safety management systems and compare how different industries approach it. We also illustrate the importance of having an effective safety management system in place.
- The Incident Investigation module introduces the topic of investigating safety incidents. It defines key terms and describes some techniques used, the reporting procedure, and the importance of following up.
- In the Professional Engineering Ethics module, we engage in a discussion of the professional engineers’ Code of Ethics, including the intent behind the code and the importance of complying with it.