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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 13 Ensuring Health and Safety at the Workplace ENSURING HEALTH AND SAFETY AT THE WORKPLACE CHAPTER OBJECTIVES After studying this chapter, you should be able to: Describe the major Canadian laws relating to occupational health and safety. Assess the traditional thinking with respect to occupational health and safety issues. Explain the new thinking with respect to employee rights relating to occupational health and safety issues. Outline the safety and health responsibilities of employers and employees. Discuss the impact of stress on employees and the workplace. Summarize the relationship between health and safety issues and human resource management. POWERPOINT ® SLIDES Canadian Human Resource Management includes a complete set of Microsoft PowerPoint ® files for each chapter. (Please contact your McGraw-Hill Ryerson representative to find out how instructors can receive these files.) In the lecture outline that follows, a reference to the relevant PowerPoint slide for this chapter is placed beside the corresponding lecture material. The slide number helps you to see your location in the slide show sequence and to skip slides that you don’t want to show to the class. (To jump ahead or back to a particular slide, just type the slide number and hit the Enter or Return key.) 13-1 1 Part 6 Maintaining High Performance LECTURE OUTLINE (with PowerPoint ® slides) Ensuring Health and Safety at the Workplace Slide 1 Assumption of Risk Slide 2 Safety in the Workplace Models Slide 3 Health & Safety in the Workplace Slide 4 Workplace Injuries Slide 5 ENSURING HEALTH AND SAFETY AT THE WORKPLACE At the turn of the 20 th century, the thinking and attitudes of employers and employees toward accident prevention were quite different from today • Assumption of risk was a legal expression used by the courts-- Obsolete attitude toward accident prevention shared by employers and employees where the worker accepted all the customary risks and unsafe practices of the occupation he or she worked in • Careless worker model was the early approach to safety in the workplace-- Assumed that most accidents were due to workers’ failure to be careful or to protect themselves i.e. assumed it was mainly the worker’s fault if an accident happened Shared responsibility model assumes the best method to reduce accident rates relies on the cooperation of the two main partners: the employer and the employee • Growing emphasis on health and safety in the workplace due to:-- Strong union pressure-- Increased public interest in greater corporate responsibility-- Better and more comprehensive federal and provincial legislation and health and safety measures WORKPLACE INJURIES AND HEALTH HAZARDS Workplace accidents and occupation-related illnesses cost about $5 billion annually in direct compensation (total cost exceeds $10 billion when indirect expenses are considered) • Accidents at work are caused by a complex combination of unsafe employee behaviour and unsafe working conditions...
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- Spring '11
- Occupational safety and health