Course Description

This course is 30 learning hours inclusive of 9 hours of live sessions. It is recommended that students spend an average of 5 hours per week on this course.

This course provides intense instruction on accident investigations including exploring accident theory, root cause analysis, scene protection and examination, report writing, and the impact of a workplace accident. Participants will gain the necessary background, understanding, and innovative methods required to conduct a thorough and effective accident investigation.

Course Outline

  • Week 1: Fundamentals of Investigations
  • Week 2: Legal Powers of an Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Inspector
  • Week 3: Why Investigations Take Place
  • Week 4: The Importance of Notetaking
  • Week 5: Interviewing
  • Week 6: Taking Statements
  • Week 7: Securing an Accident Scene and Gathering Evidence
  • Week 8: Sketching, Photographing, and Videotaping the Scene of a Workplace Incident
  • Week 9: Writing Reports

What You Will Learn

  • Hazard identification
  • How to identify accident and incident causation factors
  • How to establish and maintain regulatory due diligence
  • Help to prevent recurrence, cost savings (human and financial)
  • Help to reduce high costs of injuries and litigation
  • Best practices for a trained and prepared workforce
  • How to properly fulfill legal, regulatory requirements


The Faculty of OLCD recommends an intermediate level of English language proficiency for the most effective learning and participation in our online and face-to-face courses. A list of the minimum recommended scores on some common English tests can be found on our website. If you have questions about your English language proficiency and ability to succeed in this course, please contact openlearning@dal.ca.

Recommended For

  • Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) students
  • Occupational Health & Safety professionals
  • Supervisors
  • Managers
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