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An effective health and safety program benefits small businesses by protecting employees and customers from crippling accidents and losses.

Health and Safety for Small Business
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Course Details

Course Description

This course introduces owners and managers to the types of health and safety problems that can occur in small businesses. It offers practical information and tips regarding strategies to identify hazards and manage risks and describes how to develop a health and safety program including emergency planning and hazard management. The course also includes extensive lists of free resources available from health and safety organizations.

The course features case studies, review quizzes, and "Ask a Question". Those who score at least 80% on the final exam will be able to print a certificate of completion.


Topics include:

  • The Business Case for Health and Safety
  • Legislation and Responsibilities of Employer and Employees
  • Key Health and Safety Issues in Small Businesses
  • Elements of the Health and Safety Program
  • WHMIS and Occupational Hygiene
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Fire Protection
  • Ergonomics
  • Inspections
  • Accident Investigation

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to identify:

  • Elements of the business case for health and safety
  • Responsibilities of employers and employees for workplace safety
  • Key components of a health and safety program
  • Components of the national WHMIS program
  • How to recognize and manage chemical hazards
  • Basics of emergency preparedness and fire protection
  • Common ergonomic problems and their solutions
  • Effective techniques for inspections and accident investigations

Average time to complete this course is approximately 60 to 70 minutes.

Target Audience

  • Owners, managers and employees of small businesses;
  • Health and safety representatives
  • Health and safety committee members



Delivery Method

This course is delivered as an on-line e-learning course. All you need is a computer, access to the Internet – and you are ready to go! This e-learning course is designed to help you learn at your own pace and in your own environment at your own convenience.

Review Process

CCOHS courses are unique in that they are developed by subject specialists in the field, and reviewed by representatives from labour, employers and government to ensure the content and approach are unbiased and credible.

VuBiz Partnership

We partnered with Vubiz - an international leader in e-learning development - to create this e-course.

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