MGMT 280 - Safety Management

This course provides a survey of safety management systems in organizations. This broad approach provides an overview that can be applied across the spectrum of organizations and businesses that are required to implement safety management systems to meet laws and regulations. The technical, practical, and theoretical components of the course will assist managers in embedding a safety system into their workplace cultures. The course examines regulations in the context of emerging industry trends to assist managers in understanding the human elements of safety as well as promote critical thinking.


Credits: 3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 45)


Total Weeks: 15



MGMT 104


Non-Course Prerequisites:






Course Content:
MODULE 1 - HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE AND OVERVIEW: Emergence and significance of the health and safety movement; accidents, their effects, and theories of causation; the importance of roles and professional certification and how this impacts a culture of health and safety; overview of the importance of safety, health, and competition in the Global Marketplace.
MODULE 2 - LAWS AND REGULATIONS: Technical examination of laws and regulations; the OHS Act, standards liabilities, the role of Worker’s Compensation, the importance of accident investigation, reporting, and obligations of management.
MODULE 3 - THE HUMAN ELEMENT: Implementation of robust safety management systems based on a preventive model and focused on quality improvement. The human element in comprehensive safety-management systems; establishment of a culture of holistic safety including ergonomic hazards, stress and its impact on safety, training of employees and its role in prevention, and violence in the workplace.
MODULE 4: HAZARD ASSESSMENT, PREVENTION, AND CONTROL: Systemization of assessment, prevention, control, and quality improvement; frequently reported workplace hazards such as mechanical hazards and machine safeguarding, extreme temperatures, electrical, fire, confined spaces, noise, vibrations, and bloodborne pathogens.
MODULE 5: MANAGEMENT OF SAFETY AND HEALTH: Prioritization of a culture of safety management; ethical aspects, emerging trends, hazard analysis, and prevention; specific safety management systems such as environmental safety and ISO 14000 (Environmental Management) and TSM: Total Safety Management in a quality management setting.
MODULE 6: ESTABLISHING A SAFETY FIRST CULTURE: Ten step model for establishing a safety first culture; gaining commitment, presenting management expectations, mentoring and training, incorporating into teambuilding, reinforcing, and measuring success.

Learning Outcomes:
After completing MGMT 280, students should be able to make the case for implementing safety management systems in organizations so as to embed safety systems into workplace culture; in particular students should be able to:
- Describe the health and safety movement, how it emerged, and its significance today.
- Explain the seriousness of accidents, their effects, and theories of causation.
- Explain how safety roles and professional certification impacts a culture of health and safety.
- Examine laws and regulations, their importance, how they keep employees safe, and prevent harm.
- Examine the role of the OHS Act, Worker's Compensation and standards liabilities.
- Describe the importance of investigating accidents, the reporting and other obligations of management.
- Describe the importance of safety systems and how preventive models impact quality improvement.
- Explain the role of the human element in safety management systems; training of employees, prevention.
- Explain assessment, prevention, control and quality improvement of frequently reported workplace hazards.
- Explain the role of safety management as a priority for organizations.
- Examine environmental safety management systems and their role in quality management.
- Describe a ten step model for practical application in a business setting.



Grading System: Letter Grades


Passing Grade: D (50%)


Percentage of Individual Work: 80


Percentage of Group Work: 20


Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.