Health and Safety Committees

  • Online delivery
  • eClass
  • 14 hour course, no prerequisites

Joint Occu­pa­tion­al Health and Safe­ty (JOHS) Com­mit­tees are man­dat­ed in many juris­dic­tions and are con­sid­ered an essen­tial ele­ment of any health and safe­ty man­age­ment sys­tem. This sem­i­nar will exam­ine when and why a joint com­mit­tee should be estab­lished, how these com­mit­tees should be struc­tured and the var­i­ous tools avail­able to devel­op short and long term action plans aligned with the oper­a­tional envi­ron­ment of any orga­ni­za­tion. The sem­i­nar will also explore var­i­ous meth­ods to assess the effec­tive­ness of jOHS Com­mit­tees and com­mu­ni­cate con­tin­u­ous improve­ment strategies.

Course at a glance
  • Fully online self-paced asynchronous course, accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool.
  • Aimed at entry-level and practicing health and safety coordinators, professionals, officers, technicians, supervisors, trainers, management, and administrators.
What you will learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Navigate legislation and identify committee requirements for various jurisdictions.
  • Understand the duties and functions of a joint committee and establish terms of reference that reflect operational requirements and applicable legislation.
  • Facilitate committee activities and establish systems for internal and external reporting.
  • Develop the tools necessary to communicate committee activities, address worker concerns, and resolve disputes.
  • Identify and prioritise committee improvement opportunities.
  • Evaluate committee effectiveness and develop continuous improvement strategies.
Take note:

  • This online, self-paced course is to be completed within the start and end dates specified.
  • Each module of this course builds on the previous ones. To make sure each student understands the concepts before moving on, content of more advanced modules will be only be released for access after the previous module assignment has been completed by the student and graded by the instructor. In other words: Module 2 content will only be released when the Module 1 assignment has been submitted and graded, Module 3 will be released after the completion of Module 2, and so on.
  • Please note that the minimum passing percentage for this course is 70%.
This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.


Course duration
Jan 18, 2021Feb 13, 2021
Asyn­chro­nous online learning, eClass

14 hours of instruction

In asynchronous online courses, students are expected to move through the course material at the same pace as their peers, but there are no real-time virtual classroom sessions to attend. All components of this type of course are accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool. for­mat details

Murray Ritchie

Your Instructor

Murray Ritchie

Class info
  • This in an online self-paced course to be com­plet­ed with­in the start and end dates spec­i­fied. To start your online learn­ing expe­ri­ence at the Fac­ul­ty Exten­sion, vis­it www​.exten​sion​.ual​ber​ta​.ca/​e​l​e​a​rning
  • 14 course hours in total
  • Cost assistance: May be eli­gi­ble for the Cana­da-Alber­ta Job Grant and the Canada Training Benefit. (view all)
    Cor­po­rate mul­ti-reg­is­tra­tion pack­ages (groups of 4 or more) are avail­able for most Exten­sion cours­es. Con­tact us at for pre­ferred pricing.
  • Open for registration until January 18, 2021. If space is available you may register until the day the course starts.
Currently counts towards

* If you are already enroled in this program, please refer to your specific program requirements as outlined at the time of your admission: Bear Tracks > Academic Advisement.

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  • Offered now
  • Online delivery
  • 14 hour course, no prerequisites

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