Occupational and Environmental Health Law

PART OF: Environmental and Occupational Health

Course description

This course examines existing and proposed federal, provincial and municipal laws and regulations that pertain to workplace health and the environment. Topics include:

  • the structure of the legislation
  • accessing legal information
  • understanding and working with regulatory agencies
  • the consequences of non-compliance

Learning objectives

  • Describe the general scheme of the Canadian legal system, with particular emphasis on:
    • constitutional law
    • Canadian federalism
    • Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
    • the sources of law
    • the major categories of law
    • the court system in Canada
  • Conduct basic legal research.
  • Correctly cite Canadian case law and legislation.
  • Read simple cases to determine their meaning and significance, and summarize them according to a standard case-briefing format.
  • Outline the history and basic content of workers’ compensation legislation, and evaluate its strengths and weaknesses.
  • Summarize and critique Part II of the Canada Labour Code, which governs health and safety in federal workplaces.
  • Explain how hazardous materials in the workplace are regulated under the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS).
  • Summarize and critique the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, 1992, which—together with supplementary provincial and territorial legislation—governs the transportation of dangerous goods in Canada.
  • Summarize and critique the regulation of toxic substances under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.
  • Summarize and critique relatively recent Criminal Code provisions respecting corporate liability, particularly as they affect workplace health and safety.
  • Describe the applicability of the following general legislation to occupational and environmental health law matters:
    • human rights legislation
    • information and privacy legislation
    • class proceedings legislation
  • Apply course learnings to occupational and environmental health legislation and case law not specifically addressed in the course.

Prerequisites

Admission to the Certificate Program in Environmental and Occupational Health

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