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Occupational Health & Safety: An Engineering Certificate from MINERVA & OSPE

Welcome to the OSPE-Minerva Health and Safety Certificate Program

 

Principles of Occupational Health & Safety (Course 100)

This course provides an overview of health and safety in the workplace, focusing on specific hazards engineers may encounter in their workplaces and ways to manage these hazards.

The course is divided into six different modules:

  1. The Introduction to Health and Safety module discusses the importance of safe workplace practices, health and safety legislation, and the role of employers and employees in ensuring workplace safety.

  2. In the Hazard and Risk Controls module, we explore the relationship between hazard and risk, and look at the controls we can use to reduce the level of risk in the workplace.

  3. In the Electrical Hazards and Controls module, we delve into the dangers of electricity, electrical hazards, and controls for managing these hazards.

  4. In the Fire Hazards and Controls module, we look at fire hazards, flammability parameters, and controls that target each element of the fire triangle.

  5. The Height Hazards and Controls module discusses the hazards of working at heights and ways to ensure workers’ safety in those situations.

  6. In the Lab Hazards and Controls module, we review some safety incidents that have occurred in laboratories, the hazards encountered by students and workers in the lab, and the elements of an effective laboratory safety program.

Foundations of Occupational Health & Safety (Course 200)

Close to 1000 Canadians die every year because of work-related incidents, and tens of thousands suffer injuries or diseases related to their workplace. Fortunately, we can learn to manage risks so that everyone can work as safely as possible.

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:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

Advanced Occupational Health & Safety (Course 300)

In this course, we will build on the concepts and topics discussed in Course 100 and Course 200. This time, we will look at those concepts in greater detail.

The course is divided into seven modules:

  1. In the Hazard Identification ̶ A Continuation from Course 200 module, we explore hazard identification and different hazard sources in more detail, giving you the opportunity to identify hazards in the presented scenarios.

  2. The Risk Assessment and Hazard Control module discusses commonly used risk assessment tools and how the Hierarchy of Controls can be applied to different hazards.

  3. In the Codes, Standards and Regulations Overview module, we examine different codes and standards in engineering practice, due diligence, and licensing requirements, as well as non-compliance to legal requirements.

  4. The Incorporating Safety into Engineering Design module demonstrates how to incorporate safety considerations during the design stage.

  5. In the Human Factors module, we explore what role human factors play in workplace incidents and learn design principles that we can use to address human factors and ergonomics.

  6. The Business Case for Safety: The Role of Engineers and Leaders module discusses the economic impact of workplace incidents and emphasizes the importance of having effective safety management systems.

  7. The Applying Professional Engineering Ethics module reviews the professional engineering Code of Ethics and presents several case studies to deepen your understanding of professional ethics. 
COURSE CONTENT

Principles of Occupational Health & Safety (Course 100) – Module 1 

Principles of Occupational Health & Safety (Course 100) – Module 2

Principles of Occupational Health & Safety (Course 100) – Module 3

Principles of Occupational Health & Safety (Course 100) – Module 4

Principles of Occupational Health & Safety (Course 100) – Module 5

Principles of Occupational Health & Safety (Course 100) – Module 6

Foundations of Occupational Health & Safety (Course 200) – Module 1

Foundations of Occupational Health & Safety (Course 200) – Module 2

Foundations of Occupational Health & Safety (Course 200) – Module 3

Foundations of Occupational Health & Safety (Course 200) – Module 4

Foundations of Occupational Health & Safety (Course 200) – Module 5

Foundations of Occupational Health & Safety (Course 200) – Module 6

Foundations of Occupational Health & Safety (Course 200) – Module 7

Advanced Occupational Health & Safety (Course 300) – Module 1

Advanced Occupational Health & Safety (Course 300) – Module 2

Advanced Occupational Health & Safety (Course 300) – Module 3

Advanced Occupational Health & Safety (Course 300) – Module 4

Advanced Occupational Health & Safety (Course 300) – Module 5

Advanced Occupational Health & Safety (Course 300) – Module 6

Advanced Occupational Health & Safety (Course 300) – Module 7