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
Describe the general scheme of the Canadian legal system, with particular emphasis on:
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.
This course may be available online. Students login to the course and communicate with the instructor and fellow students via the Internet. All assignments and course activities are submitted electronically to the course instructor.
Using mobile devices in online courses
If you are planning on accessing your online courses using a mobile device such as a tablet or a smartphone, please note that not all required course features will be accessible with these devices. To fully function in your online courses, you will need to have access to a computer running Windows or MacOS.
A course refund, minus a $75 administrative fee, will only be provided within six calendar days after the course start date. You will need to provide notification of withdrawal by phone: 250-721-6129 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Credit vs non-credit
Credit refers to degree credit. If you are taking a course or program for credit through UVic Continuing Studies, it means that course or program provides credit towards a degree at UVic or another authorized university. Credit students have to meet certain criteria, such as being accepted to both UVic Continuing Studies and the University of Victoria.