Health and Safety Guide for Human Resources Professionals

Table of Contents

Section I

Roles and Responsibilities under Health and Safety Legislation

  1. Role of Human Resources Personnel
  2. Responsibilities Under Health and Safety Legislation
    • Employer Responsibilities
    • Supervisor Responsibilities
    • Employee Responsibilities
    • Employee Rights
    • Health and Safety Committee Responsibilities
    • Health and Safety Professionals Responsibilities
  3. Enforcement and penalties for non-compliance
  4. Criminalization of occupational health and safety offences.

Section II

Introduction to Occupational Health and Safety

  1. Introduction
  2. Basic Steps in Risk Management
  3. Recognition of Safety Hazards
  4. Recognition of Health Hazards
  5. Hazard Recognition and Control Methodologies

Section III

Health and Safety as a part of Human Resources Management

  1. Human Resources Policies
  2. New Employee Orientation
  3. Transfers and Promotions
  4. On-the-Job Training
  5. Professional Development Training
  6. Performance Appraisals
  7. Employee Wellness Programs
  8. Workers' Compensation
  9. Rewards and Recognition
  10. Employee Health and Safety Records.

Section IV

Establishing Health and Safety Committees

  1. Introduction
  2. Criteria for Establishing Health and Safety Committee
  3. Guidelines for Forming a Health and Safety Committee

Section V

Health and Safety Policy and Program

  1. Role of Human Resources Department
  2. Health and Safety Policy
  3. Health and Safety Program

Section VI

Employee Training Programs to Meet OHS Responsibilities

  1. Role of HR in Employee Training
  2. Training for Senior Managers
  3. Training for Human Resources Professionals
  4. Training for Managers and Supervisors
  5. Training for Health and Safety Committee Members
  6. Training for Employees
  7. Training for Health and Safety Professionals

Section VII

Managing Workplace Injuries and Workers Compensation Claims

  1. Completion of Injury Report Forms
  2. Return to Work Process

Section VIII

Program Evaluation and Audit

Section IX

Health and Safety Legislation

  1. Canadian OH&S Legislation
  2. Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHIMS)
  3. US OH&S Legislation

Sources for Further Information


  1. Selecting a Consultant
  2. Sample New Employee Safety Orientation Checklist
  3. Health and Safety Committee Training Requirements
  4. Sample Health and Safety Committee Check
  5. Sample Training Requirement Matrix
  6. Sample Fire Emergency Procedures
  7. Sample Bomb Threat Action Plan
  8. Emergency Evacuation Procedures
  9. Sample Due Diligence Checklist
  10. Sample Return to Work Policy and Procedures
  11. Health and Safety Program Checklist
  12. Commonly Used Abbreviations