Safety In The Workplace


Course Name

Safety in the Workplace

Course Code

PD-HR – B5

Number of Contact Hours

15 hours

Credit Hours

1 Credit Hour

Duration and Frequency

  • 5 sessions 
  • Each session = 3 hours
  • Frequency: daily Monday to Friday
  • Duration: 1 week

Mode of Delivery

  • Online/ On Campus/ Hybrid 


Professional Development – 

B – Human Resources

Course Description

This course is designed to provide an overview of key topics related to safety in the workplace including understanding the difference between a safety program and a safety culture; identifying resources to help them understand the regulations in your area; launching a safety committee; identifying hazards and reducing them; implementing hiring measures that can improve safety; creating a safety training program; identifying groups at risk for injury and protecting them; helping your organization write, implement and review a safety plan; responding to incidents and near misses; performing basic accident investigation and documentation.



On completion of this course, participants are expected to:

  • Understand the difference between a safety program and a safety culture
  • Identify resources to help them understand the regulations in your area
  • Launch a safety committee
  • Identify hazards and reduce them
  • Implement hiring measures that can improve safety
  • Begin creating a safety training program 
  • Identify groups particularly at risk for injury and how to protect them
  • Help their organization write, implement, and review a safety plan
  • Respond to incidents and near misses
  • Perform basic accident investigation and documentation


Course Outline:

Defining a Safety Culture

This session will explore the idea of a safety culture. Participants will also be asked to identify how safety applies to their organization.


Governing Bodies and Resources

It is essential that organizations map their safety plan to regulations in their area. This session will look at some of the key organizations and how to contact them. 


Getting Started

A good first safety step is establishing a safety committee. This session will give participants some ideas on getting started.


Identifying Hazards

Hazard identification typically forms the basis for a safety plan. We will look at some ways of identifying hazards and then we will apply those methods to a case study.


Resolving Hazards

Hazard resolution is the logical step to take after hazard identification. We will look at three ways of resolving hazards and then we will apply those methods to a case study.


Taking Proactive Measures

There are measures you can take when hiring and training employees to make your workplace safer. This session will explore these measures through lecture and discussion.


Identifying Groups at Risk

During this session, we will look at a number of factors that can increase a person’s risk of accident. We will also look at how to mitigate these risks.


Writing a Safety Plan

Everything that we have discussed so far will come together to create a safety plan. 


Implementing the Plan

Your safety culture will only be a success if it is accepted and adopted by your employees. We will discuss just how to do this in a lecture.


Incident Management

No matter how well your safety culture is implemented and accepted, there will still be incidents. This session will look at how to respond to, document, and investigate incidents. We will also discuss how to handle near misses.


Reviewing the Program

The final essential component of your safety plan is to include a review process. We will look at when and how the plan should be evaluated.


Course Textbook

Basics of Occupational Safety, The, 3rd Edition

David L. Goetsch, University of West Florida and Oskaloosa-Walton


Feedback Given to Participants in Response to Assessed Work 

  • Individual written feedback on coursework
  • Feedback discussed as part of a tutorial
  • Individual feedback on request
  • Model answers 


Developmental Feedback Generated Through Teaching Activities

  • Feedback is given at presentations and during tutorial sessions
  • Dialogue between participants and staff in tutorials and lectures



The course grade will be based on a final project presented by the participant and graded by the instructor. Participants much achieve a passing grade of 70% or more to be awarded a certificate of completion of the course.