Introduction to Health and Safety Systems

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

This intro­duc­tion to the­o­ries and prac­tices of health and safe­ty pro­grams in the work­place includes the recog­ni­tion, eval­u­a­tion, and con­trol haz­ards. You will devel­op a basic under­stand­ing of acci­dent con­trol pro­ce­dures as you exam­ine the leg­is­la­tions relat­ed to acci­dent inves­ti­ga­tion, work site inspec­tion, acci­dent cau­sa­tion the­o­ries, and safe-work pro­ce­dure development.

Course at a glance
  • Offered fully online or through blended (online + in-class) learning.
  • Explore the main concepts of safety management, understand how they play a role in your work as a health and safety practitioner, and learn how to apply them for solving relevant practical problems.
  • 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:

  • Describe the fundamental elements of effective health and safety management systems.
  • Apply basic concepts and principles associated with managing safety, such as hazard assessment, risk management, incident investigation, workplace inspections, training, and continuous improvement.
  • Explain the variations in roles and duties of health and safety practitioners, as well as their relationship with others.
  • Describe the evolution of health and safety management since the industrial revolution.
  • Describe a basic approach to building an effective health and safety management system.
  • Describe the basic OHS legislation in Alberta and its general influence on OHS performance.
Take note:

  • This course is offered several times throughout the year; each specific offering is called a “course section.” Some sections of EXOS 4620 are delivered entirely online; others are taught through a mix of online and in-class instruction (blended).
  • When selecting the dates and the section you want to enrol in, look for the note that indicates the delivery format of that specific section—and make sure you have chosen a section that’s offered in your desired format (online or blended).
  • The online components of this course are facilitated through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool.
  • Required reading materials: Practical Loss Control Leadership, 3rd edition, Bird, F. E., Clark, M.D. & Germain, G. L., 2003; Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act, Regulation and Code, Alberta Queen’s Printer (
This course has no prerequisites

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


Fall courses: all online

All courses will be delivered online, including many that were previously unavailable in the online format.

If you do see a program on our website announced as an in-person or downtown Edmonton offering, please disregard the format – but not the program. There will be no in-person offerings through the Faculty of Extension for the Fall term.

Get ready to keep learning! Register for a course and join us online this Fall.