Occupational and Environmental Health Law

Code: HPEO401
Apply this course towards: 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

  • Demonstrate appropriate research and citation practices to interpret Canadian legislation and case law.
  • Outline the history and basic content of legislation enacted to protect worker health and safety, and identify strengths and weaknesses in provincial/territorial workers' compensation schemes.
  • Summarize Part II of the Canada Labour Code, which governs health and safety in federally regulated workplaces, and explain how this federal statute interacts with provincial workers' compensation legislation.
  • Describe how hazardous materials in Canadian workplaces are regulated under the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System 2015 ("WHMIS 2015").
  • Summarize the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, 1992 which, together with supplementary provincial and territorial legislation, governs the transportation of dangerous goods in Canada, and assess the effectiveness of this joint approach.
  • Explain how toxic substances are regulated under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, and assess the effectiveness of this regime.


Admission to the certificate program in Environmental and Occupational Health.

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