Course Information

Workplace injuries happen every day and can profoundly affect workers, their families, and the communities in which they live.

This 5-hr online course is for individuals looking for an introduction to injury prevention on the job. 

It offers an overview of occupational health and safety concepts and practices and provides practical suggestions for health and safety advocacy. 

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of potential workplace hazards and hazard controls.
  • Identify safe work practices and the types of personal protection equipment used in various workplaces to reduce the risk of injury
  • Understand the key principles of workplace safety
  • Describe the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  • Describe the importance of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and describe the role of the Workplace Safety Insurance Board
  • Understand the fundamentals of fire prevention and control in the workplace 


Learner's who successfully complete the course will earn the following Digital Badge and Certificate of Course Completion 

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome

    • Before we begin...

    • Welcome and Course Information

    • Course Navigation

  • 2

    Lesson 1: General Safety Principles and Personal Protective Equipment

    • Lesson 1: Learning Objective

    • Occupational Health and Safety: An Introduction

    • Hazard Categories and Controls

    • Safe Work Practices

    • Protective Clothing

    • Protective Eyewear

    • Infectious Disease Safety Measures (e.g. COVID-19)

    • Respiratory Protection

    • Hand Protection

    • Protective Footwear

    • Head Protection

    • Hearing Protection

    • Safety Harness

    • Lesson 1 Quiz

  • 3

    Lesson 2: Working Safely

    • Lesson 2: Learning Objectives

    • Jewelry

    • Proper Lifting Technique to Prevent Back Injuries

    • Using Tools and Materials Safely

    • Good Housekeeping Practices

    • Lighting

    • Lesson 2 Quiz

  • 4

    Lesson 3: Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)

    • Lesson 3: Learning Objective

    • What is WHMIS?

    • Who Needs WHMIS Training?

    • Types of Hazards

    • Safety Data Sheet

    • Supplier Label

    • Categories and Symbols

    • Where to Get WHMIS Training

    • WHMIS Fact Sheet

    • Lesson 3 Quiz

  • 5

    Lesson 4: Occupational Health and Safety Act and WSIB

    • Lesson 4: Learning Objectives

    • The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA)

    • Rights of Employees

    • The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)

    • Reporting Accidents to WSIB

    • Accident Prevention

    • Lesson 4 Quiz

  • 6

    Lesson 5: Fire Prevention

    • Lesson 5: Learning Objective

    • Safety Tips for Workplace Fire Safety

    • 5 Classes of Fire

    • Dangers of Using the Wrong Type of Fire Extinguisher

    • How to Distinguish Between Different Classes of Fires

    • Emergency Measures in Case of Fire

    • Lesson 5 Quiz

  • 7

    Next steps

    • You're Almost Done!

    • Before you go...

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