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Occupational Health and Safety

Course Code: BUSN 3353
Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Department: Business
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 Weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar, Online, Hybrid
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course will introduce students to the latest Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) regulations related to workplace health and safety, resources and strategies for meeting the health needs of employees in the workplace, and current topics related to workplace health and safety.

Course Content

1. Occupational Health and Safety Legislative Framework, British Columbia occupational health and safety regulation.
2. Hazard Recognition, Unsafe Work Refusal Process, Risk Assessment and Control.
3. Physical Agents, Biological and Chemical Agents, and Psychosocial Hazards.
4. Human psychology and physiology.
5. Workplace Violence, Bullying, Aggression, and Harassment.
6. Workplace health and safety training, strategic motivation programs and safety management systems (including tracking and reporting).
7. Emergency Planning, workplace inspections, health and safety meetings, and fire drills.
8. Incident investigation, first aid requirements, and functional assessments.
9. Disability management, workplace accommodation and gradual return to work programs.
10. Workplace Wellness: Work-Family and Health Promotions Programs
11. Special topics: alcohol, smoking, drug testing, health screening, etc.

Methods of Instruction

Methods will include case studies, lectures, classroom discussion, seminars, and reading assignments.

Means of Assessment

Term Project(s) 15-25%
Term Tests and/or Quizzes  20-25%
Final Examination  20-25%
Cases, Assignments and/or Presentations 20-25%
Participation 0-10%
Total 100%


1. At least 50% of the total coursework must be individual work.  
2. To pass the course, students must achieve a cumulative grade of 50% in all non-group assessments as well as 50% overall in the course. In other words, students must have achieved at least 50% on their cumulative individual assessments in order to be eligible to earn marks from group work.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course a student will be able to:

1. Examine the moral, legal and ethical considerations of health and safety management.   

2. Investigate the social and economic impacts of real world accidents.

3. Examine and categorize the safety related tasks, duties and obligations of human resource professionals.

4. Explain how to access and analyze current Safety Statistics Reports.

5. Create industry specific safety policies including proactive workplace policies to address workplace violence, aggression, and violence.

6. Calculate injury frequency and severity rates.

7. Create health and safety plans, forms and/or reports for incident investigation, employer incident reporting, functional assessment, risk assessment, workplace inspection, health and safety meeting minutes, and emergency evacuation.

8. Analyze Occupational Safety Regulations, and the role of WorkSafe BC (including the incorporation of important legislation such as Bill C-45).

9. Examine basic human psychology and physiology, and the impact of chemical and biological agents on human physiology.

10. Examine the impact of psychosocial hazards on human psychology and physiology.

11. Examine the impact of aggression, violence and harassment on human psychology and physiology.

12. Identify training options, certification options, and required training types and timing including "first aid attendant" workplace requirements.

13. Examine management information system tracking and reporting requirements.

14. Examine health and safety committee requirements, and conduct a "workplace inspection and health and safety meeting."

15. Examine employer requirements to accommodate injured employees and be able to design a "graduated return to work program."

course prerequisites

Courses listed here must be completed prior to this course:

  • BUSN 3350 and BUSN 3750


Courses listed here must be completed either prior to or simultaneously with this course:

  • No corequisite courses


Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:

  • No equivalency courses

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.