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Foundations of Workplace Safety

Coming 2018!

The Foundations of Workplace Safety course is a certification intended for young individuals or those who are new to a workplace. It will be available online and requires approximately 3 hours to complete.

Learning Outcomes / Topics

1. Describe the regulatory framework governing workplace safety in British Columbia

  • the purpose and scope of the “rules”
  • the main constituents of the regulatory framework (the Act, the OHS Regulation, WorkSafeBC)
  • the main rights and responsibilities of both employers and workers (including the right to refuse unsafe work)
  • the main regulatory provisions that apply specifically to the Tourism and Hospitality industry

2. Recognize common workplace health and safety hazards within the Tourism and Hospitality industry

  • slips, trips, falls
  • cuts and burns
  • food contaminants and allergens
  • MSIs (strains, sprains)
  • collisions
  • bullying/harassment/workplace violence
  • contact with hazardous materials and equipment

3. Demonstrate an understanding of WHMIS 2015

  • Globally Harmonized System (GHS)
  • labels
  • classifications
  • Safety Data Sheets
  • symbols (type of hazard)
  • awareness of WHMIS 1988

4. Identify risk mitigation/prevention strategies used within the Tourism and Hospitality industry

  • worker training (safe use of tools and equipment) – introductory and ongoing
  • supervision
  • safe work practices
  • PPE
  • ergonomics

5. Give examples of possible emergency situations within the Tourism and Hospitality industry and of appropriate responses

  • injuries
  • allergic reactions
  • airst aid response
  • accident/incident investigation
  • natural disasters (earthquake, storm, flooding) and other emergencies (fire)

6. Apply specific communication skills to clearly, respectfully, and proactively address health and safety issues in the workplace

  • questioning
  • confirming understanding
  • reporting
  • refusing unsafe work

7. Demonstrate an ability to access information and support pertaining to health and safety in their workplace

  • their employer’s health and safety Worker Representative or joint health and safety committee
  • WorkSafeBC (inspections, orders, sanctions)
  • Health Authorities
  • go2HR (e.g. regarding training)
  • CCOHS (e.g. regarding WHMIS)

For more information, contact the go2HR Industry Health & Safety Team.

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