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Federal Hazardous Occurrence Investigations

eCourse Federal Hazardous Occurrence Investigations

Understand how to carry out your responsibilities when conducting an investigation under the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, Part XV – Hazardous Occurrence Investigation, Recording and Reporting.

This course has been updated to include what a hazardous occurrence can be; reporting requirements for accidents, occupational diseases and other hazardous occurrences; and details required for minor injury reports.

Duration: 1 hour
Price per person: $64.00


The purpose of a hazardous occurrence investigation is to find the root causes, address gaps, and prevent similar events from occurring. As a federal employer, you are required to investigate, record, and report all accidents, occupational diseases, and other hazardous occurrences, as part of the Canada Labour Code, Part II. You must also support health and safety committees and representatives during the investigative process.

  • This course provides information to work place parties in the federal jurisdiction on how to carry out their respective responsibilities when conducting an investigation under the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, Part XV - Hazardous Occurrence Investigation, Recording and Reporting.
  • Note that this process does not apply to occurrences of harassment and violence. Please refer to our courses on the Work Place Harassment and Violence Prevention Regulations.
  • Note that this e-course on its own may not meet training requirements for hazardous occurrence investigations for federally regulated work places. It should be supplemented by further instruction and hands-on training that is specific to the jurisdiction, job, worksite and equipment.
What topics will be covered?
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  • The Act and Regulations
  • Notifications and powers of committee
  • Investigative basics
  • Initial response and employer activities
  • Analyzing the evidence
  • Recommendations and recording
  • Follow up and reporting
What are the benefits?
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  • Become familiar with regulatory requirements
  • Learn about the various work place parties’ roles in investigation
  • Be prepared to conduct a complete investigation, including how to:
    • Assess the accident scene
    • Collect evidence
    • Interview witnesses
    • Conduct an analysis to find root causes
    • Develop effective recommendations to prevent a recurrence
    • Document (including reporting) and follow up
  • Incorporate investigative activities into your overall occupational health and safety program
  • Support health and safety representatives and committee members in carrying out their responsibilities
  • Describe how a health and safety program depends on employee participation

Average time to complete this course is approximately 60 minutes.

Who is this recommended for?
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  • Policy and work place health and safety committee members, and health and safety representatives
  • Managers and supervisors in federally regulated businesses and organizations, such as:
    1. Federal government
    2. Crown corporations
    3. Communications
    4. Banking
    5. Interprovincial transportation (trucking, railways, and airlines)
  • Human resources and health and safety professionals working in federally regulated organizations
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Certificate of Completion
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Upon completion of the course and passing a final, multiple-choice exam, learners will be able to print a certificate of completion.

System Requirements
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This course is delivered online. View the minimum system requirements to take this course.

Group Discounts
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The cost is based on the total number of seats purchased. Multi-seat pricing is based on the single user seat price with the following volume discounts applied:

Total Seats
100 - 999
1000 - 1999

This course is also available in French

Item Number: EHAZINV-P4446EN

Content for this course was developed by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), and reviewed by labour, employer and government representatives to ensure a balanced perspective.

©Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. All rights Reserved. E-Course description and content provided by CCOHS under license with WSPS. Unauthorized reproduction and distribution strictly prohibited.

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