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Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) for Non-OHS Practitioners

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The impact of health and safety on the workplace

The effective management of workplace health and safety is a key factor for the health and safety of workers, the longevity of organizations, the success of the business, and protection of the environment.

1,027
fatalities recorded in Canadian workplaces in 2018 (up 76% from 2017)

60%
of Canadian workers experience stress daily at work

264,438
accepted claims for lost time due to work-related injuries

Throughout the Western world, the effective management of workplace and environmental health and safety issues have become increasingly important and an expected dimension of responsible business practice.

The discipline of OHS is rapidly changing to address increasingly complex workplace needs. Legislation governing workplace health and safety practices is also becoming more sophisticated and stringent and has contributed to a growing employer need for professional health and safety expertise. One of the solutions is to hire specialized Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) practitioners who are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to plan and implement strategies intended to control and manage potential workplace hazards. But the cost of that solution can be high.

Many organizations face challenges to create and sustain OHS workplace culture. Having OHS as a norm requires that all employees understand the concept and are capable to identify potential associated risks. To help businesses in overcoming OHS challenges and fostering well-being in the workplace, UNB’s College of Extended Learning (UNB CEL) is introducing a new program designed specifically for employees and managers who are not OHS practitioners.

Our OHS for Non-OHS Practitioners program provides the background and framework needed to properly manage the workplace in terms of health and safety standards. It provides an introduction to health and safety program development, helps employees become more engaged, gives tools to help manage stress and mental health issues, and encourages the implementation of an organization-wide OHS management system. The program consists of two streams: one for managers and the other for employees.

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Course outline

Employee stream

  • Module 1: Introduction to Occupational Health & Safety
  • Module 2: Legislative Framework in Canada
  • Module 3: Hazard Recognition
  • Module 4: Risk Management
  • Module 5: Hazard Control
  • Module 6: Incident Investigation
  • Module 7: Measurement
  • Module 8: Training and Communication
  • Module 9: Occupational Health and Disability Management
  • Module 10: Environmental Management
  • Module:11: Mental Fitness Practice

Each module is approximately 3 hours in length.

Manager stream*

  • Module 1: Introduction to Occupational Health & Safety
  • Module 2: Legislative Framework in Canada
  • Module 3: Hazard Recognition
  • Module 4: Risk Management
  • Module 5: Hazard Control
  • Module 6: Incident Investigation
  • Module 7: Measurement
  • Module 8: Training and Communication
  • Module 9: Occupational Health and Disability Management
  • Module 10: Environmental Management
  • Module:11: Psychological Safe Leaders
  • Module 12: Introduction to Wellness
  • Module 13: Practices and Behaviours that Impact Worker Health
  • Module 14: Situational Workplace Assessment
  • Module 15: Forming an Effective Plan

Each module is approximately 3-4 hours in length.

*Managers who complete successfully this stream will be able to implement a workplace wellness plan and ensure the identification of risks in the workplace. The manager stream also enables managers to conduct appropriate and timely actions, thereby minimizing risk.

Program features

  • Offered completely online
  • The employee stream takes 33-35 hrs to complete; the manager stream takes 60-62 hrs to complete
  • Participants will receive a Letter of Participation from UNB CEL upon completion
  • Access to course is available for 1 year

This program is only available in-licensing format.

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Outcomes

Benefits to employees

  • Recognize hazards and safety risks in day-to-day workplace situations
  • Reduce injuries and accidents at work and home
  • Gain communication tools and training for health and safety incidents
  • Reduce sick days, improve focus, and increase resilience

Benefits to managers

  • Create a workplace health and safety culture
  • Enhance both the psychological and physical health of your employees, which will lead to higher employee job satisfaction and increased productivity
  • Learn to become a psychologically safe leader
  • Implement a workplace wellness plan for your workplace

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