Food safety is the scientific discipline describing the handling, preparation, and storage of food in ways that prevent food-borne illness.  People need to have the knowledge and skills to understand how their actions and behaviour can contribute to food safety. Additionally or more importantly, how their actions can decrease the risk of foodborne illnesses especially in developing countries where the workforce in many food industries are transient. Food can become contaminated at any stage in the process and this is why food safety controls need to be put in place, monitored and evaluated.  The HACCP [Hazard Critical Control Points] plan is an important element in the course.  As food-borne illnesses are preventable, we need also to address the perceptions of all concerned not only in industry, but also in the home.  Safety and health whether in the workplace or home can affect the productivity within a company and the workers’ health status.

Learning Outcomes:

·         Undertake and write a HACCP report

·         Explain the legal aspects of food safety internationally and nationally.

Teaching Methods

Modified lecture, group and individual presentations and assignments, demonstrations, practicals and simulations. 


2 weeks


Continuous assignments/practicals [40%], and final examination [60%]. 

Course Content:

  • Food Safety Legislation
  • HACCP System
  • Food Contamination Hazards and Controls
  • Food Poisoning and Food-borne Disease
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Storage/Temperature Control
  • Food Spoilage and Preservation
  • Food Premises and Equipment
  • Cleaning & Disinfection
  • Pest Control

 Study Material:

1.      Adams, M.R. & McClure, M. 2015. Food Microbiology.

2.      Griffith, C. 2014. Developing and Maintaining a Positive Food Safety Culture.

3.      Heimpel, G.E. & Mills, N.J. 2017. Biological Control: Ecology and Applications

4.      King, H. & Bedale, W. 2017. Hazard Analysis & Risk-Based Prevention Controls: Improving Safety in Human Food Manufacturing for Food Businesses.

5.      King, H. 2013. Food Safety Management: Implementing a Food Safety Programme in a Food Retail Business

6.      Lelieveld, H.L.M. & Holah, J. 2016. Handbook of Hygiene Control in the Food Industry.

7.      Mortimore,S. & Wallace, C. 2013. HACCP: A Practical Approach.

8.      Mukundan, M.K. 2017. Food Safety for Business Operators:  Food Safety HACCP.

9.      Shearsett, A. & Bevoc, L. 2016. Food Safety for Food Processors and Quality Assurance in Manufacturing.

10.  Shearsett, A. & Bevoc, L. 2017. Pest Control Programmes in Food Manufacturing: Understanding and Implementing.

11.  Sprenger, R.A. 2015. Supervising Food Safety L3

12.  Varzakaz, T. & Tzia, C. 2015. Handbook of Food Processing: Food Safety, Quality and Manufacturing Processes.

13.  Wallace, C. & Major, B. 2014. Intermediate HACCP.

14.  Wallace, C. & Sperber, W. 2014. Food Safety for the 21st Century: Managing HACCP and Food Safety Through-out the Global Supply Chain.

15.  Wang, Y. & Zhang, W. 2017. Food Spoilage Microorganisms: Ecology Control.

16.  Wester, P.A. 2017. Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Prevention Controls: Building a (better) Food Safety Plan

A workplace inspection is a planned walk through of a workplace or selected areas or locations of a workplace. Inspections are needed to critically examine all factors (equipment, processes, materials, buildings, procedures) that have the potential to cause injury or illness, and to identify where action is necessary to control hazards. A schedule of planned inspections is an essential element of a health and safety program in which standards are established and compliance monitored.

Inspections are an important way of identifying potential workplace hazards before they cause any harm.

Learning Outcomes:

·         Define and Describe the purpose, attributes and key elements of an inspection

·         Describe who is responsible for implementing, performing and administering the inspection process

·         Describe the types, steps, process and frequency of inspections

·         Conduct formal workplace inspections using templates as guides

·         Describe the post inspection process and follow up requirements


3 weeks

Teaching Methods:

Modified lecture, discussions, practical sessions and demonstrations, individual and group assignments and case studies 


Continuous assignments/practicals [40%], and final examination [60%]. 

Course Content:

·         Definition and Purpose of Safety Inspections

·         Types/methods of inspections

·         Why do workplace Inspections

·         What to Look for During an Inspection

·         Tips and Techniques in conduction and inspection

·         Steps to Conducting an Inspection

·         Key elements in an inspection

·         Using Safety Checklists

·         Concerns to look for during an Inspection

·         Recording the Safety Inspection

·         Hazard Rating System

·         Monitoring

·         Corrective Action & Follow Up

·         Writing an Inspection Report

Study Materials:

1.      Canadian Centre for Occupational Safety and Health. 2017. Effective Workplace Inspections.

2.            Certification Services Worker & Employer Services Division. 2012. Safety Inspections Workbook Safety Inspections Workbook.

3.      Chapman, G. & White, P. 2014.  Rising above a Toxic Workplace: Taking Care of Yourself in an Unhealthy Environment

4.      FD Fire Door, 2020. How to Check Fire Doors: A Basic Guide to Fire Door Inspection

5.      Hassard J. & Torres, L.D. 2020. Aligning Perspectives in Gender Mainstreaming: Gender, Health, Safety, and Wellbeing (Aligning Perspectives on Health, Safety and Well-Being)

6.      Henry, L. 2019. 50 Top Tips for Well-Being: Creating a Culture of Well-being in and away from Work.

7.      Journals for All. 2017  Workplace Inspection Template: Office Safety Checklist

8.      McKinnon, R.C. 2019.  The Design, Implementation, and Audit of Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (Workplace Safety, Risk Management, and Industrial Hygiene)

9.      Merchant, D.F. 2020 Inspecting Personal Fall Protection Equipment: Technical Safety Handbook

10.  Rodney, D. 2020. Safety in the Workplace: Guide to Health and Safety in the Workplace to Prevent Accidents and Ensure That Great Work Gets Done

11.  U.S. Department of Labor and OSHA 2015. OSHA Instruction: Enforcement Procedures for Investigating or Inspecting Workplace Violence Incidents

Communication is an interactive process where people exchange, share, transfer information, ideas, knowledge, meanings and feelings. This “exchange” is carried out by using verbal and non-verbal messages. Good and effective communication implies the full understanding of what the various parties involved in the “exchange of ideas” actually mean and feel. It is the basis of positive interaction between human beings. However, it is rarely achieved. Many people think communicating effectively is easy and that everyone can communicate.  Unfortunately, this is not true.  Messages sent are often changed by the time they arrive especially in verbal communications.  What we say is often not what we meant and what the person understands is not always what we intended.  However, proper training, underpinned by good theoretical and practical spheres can improve significantly the communication skills of almost anybody.

Learning Outcomes:

1.      Select and use appropriate communication channels

2.      Understanding the barriers to effective communication

3.      Gather information from individuals or groups through interviews

4.      Choose and use the most appropriate communication methods and media for different circumstances and different target individuals and groups.

5.      Be able to prepare and present a power point presentation to an audience


3 weeks

Teaching Methods:

Modified lectures, group and individual discussions and presentations, practical sessions, report writing.


Continuous assignments/practicals [40%], and final examination [60%]. 

Course Content:

  • Process of Communication
  • Active listening
  • Importance of Communicating Effectively
  • Barriers to Effective Communication
  • Internal & External Communication
  • Verbal & Non-Verbal Communication
  • Writing and Presentation Skills; Letters, Reports, Proposals, Memorandum and E-Communication
  • Interviews – Preparing for Job Interviews, Letter of Application, Curriculum Vitae Writing
  • Conflict Communication
  • Cultural appropriateness in communication
  • Teamwork
  • Customer Service and Communication


Study Materials:

1.      Anderson, D.S. & Miller, R.E. 2016. Health and Safety Communication: A practical Guide.

2.      Davidson C. 2016. Winning techniques for Public Speaking and presenting: How to Influence people with Social Communication Skills.

3.      Douglas I. 2017. Writing reports that get Results: Using lanaguage’s Power to Persuade.

4.      Fiske, J. 2012. Introduction to Communication Studies (Studies in Culture and Communication).

5.      Fitz Patrick L. & Valskov, K. 2014. Internal Communications: A manual for Practioners.

6.      Griffiths, A. & Shepherd, E. 2013. Investigative Interviewing: The Conversation Management Approach.

7.      Guirdham O. 2017. Communicating Across Cultures at Work.

8.      Gutierez A. 2014. Effective Communication in the Workplace: Learn How to Communicate Effectively and Avoid Common Barriers to Effective Communication.

9.      Heppell M. 2015. Five Star Service: How to Deliver Exceptional Customer Service.

10.  Kinyon J. & Lasater, I. 2015. From Conflict to connection: Transforming Different Conversations into peaceful Resolutions.

11.  Lake D. & Baerg, K. 2017. Teamwork, Leadership and Communication: Collaboration Basics for health Professionals.

12.  Mathews, K. 2013. Verbal Communication Skills for Entrepreneurs

13.  Maxwell J.C. & Runnette, S. 2015.  Teamwork 101: What Every Leader Needs to Know.

14.  Nolen, R. 2016. Body language: Effective Non-Verbal Communication to Understand People, Influence People and Attract People Instantly.

15.  Open University. 2012. Report Writing.

16.  Portigal, S. 2013. Interviewing Users: How to Uncover Compelling Insights.

17.  Remland, S.M. 2016. Nonverbal Communication in Everyday Life.

18.  Rogers C.R. & Farson, R.E. 2015. Active Listening.

19.  Rost, M. & Wilson, J.J. 2013 Active Listening.

20.  Sutton R.M. & Hornsey, M.J. 2012. Feedback: The Communication of Praise, Criticism and Advice (Language as Social Action)

21.  Thomson N. 2014. Effective Communication: A Guide for the People Professions

Construction is a high hazard industry that has a wide range of activities involving alteration, and/or repair. Examples include residential and commercial building construction, bridge erection, roadway paving, excavations, demolition, and large scale painting jobs. Construction workers engage in many activities that may expose them to serious hazards, such as falling from rooftops, unguarded machinery, being struck by heavy construction equipment, electrocutions, silica dust, and asbestos. Most accidents can be avoided by implementing stringent health and safety protocols and ensuring those protocols are constantly maintained. This course is intended to give students knowledge and skills on construction safety and health methods will ensure the construction site has good design, good planning and uses tried and tested safety techniques.

Learning Outcomes:

·         Examine and explain the theories and concepts of construction safety and health.

·         Describe how to apply construction safety and health programmes and policies while on the job.

·         Describe contractors and safety and health teams.


4 Weeks

Teaching Methods:

Modified lectures, individual and group assignments and presentations, field work, demonstrations and case studies  



Continuous assignments/practicals [40%], and final examination [60%]. 


Course Content:

·         Occupational safety and health in the construction industry; characteristics of construction industry, Construction site-hazards and risk control.

·         Building and construction regulations; regulatory distances; depth of septic tanks, care of water table.

·         Pre-construction safety measures: storage of materials and dangerous products, formwork, scaffoldings, ladders.

·         Safety aspects of machinery; equipment– scaffoldings, lifts, cranes, conveyor belts. Specifications for Construction Works

·         Vehicle and plant movement safety

·         During Construction works: safety measures, Labour regulations: safety harness, care for passers-by; security nets.

Study Materials:

1.      Aoife F. A.G. 2013. Safety and Health in Construction Research Roadmap -Report for Consultation

2.      Australia. Safe Work.  2015. Work Health & Safety Perceptions Construction Industry

3.      Department of Building and Safety.  2016. Information Bulletin / Public - Building Code

4.      Department of Labour.  2017. Occupational Health and Safety Act (85/1993): Construction Regulations

5.      Fabián A., Suárez S. 2017. Occupational Safety and Health in Construction: a Review of Applications and Trends.

6.      Goetsch, D. L. 2010. Construction Safety and the OSHA Standards.

7.      Government of South Australia. 2014. Demolition Work Code of Practice Fact Sheet

8.      Harwood S. 2016. Health and Safety in the Workplace

9.      Health and Safety Executive, 2017. Health and Safety in Construction

10.  Health and Safety Executive.  2015. Managing Health and Safety in Construction (Design and Management) Regulations.

11.  Khodeir, L &  Salahe, Y. 2018. The Impact of Integrating Occupational Safety and Health into the Pre-Construction Phase of Projects

12.  New Zealand Government. 2014.  Safe Use of Machinery

13.  NSW Government. 2016. Code of Practice Demolition Work

14.  Safe work Australia. 2016. Demolition Work Code of Practice

15.  Sask P. 2013. Contractor Health and Safety Management Program, Contractor Information Package.

16.  Schneider E. 2016. Safe Machinery Handbook.

17.  The Real Estate Developers Association of Hong Kong and The Hong Kong Construction Association. 2014. Construction Site Safety Handbook.

18.  University of Guelph. 2017. Contractor Safety Management Program.


Defined as the science of fitting a workplace to the user’s needs, ergonomics aims to increase efficiency and productivity and reduce discomfort.  It is also concerned with movement throughout the day and in reducing the health effects of sedentary behaviour.  Therefore, safety personnel have to be able to identify and mitigate for unsafe ergonomic conditions, such as bad posture while working on a laptop.  Ergonomics looks at what kind of work you do, what tools you use and your whole job environment. The aim is to find the best fit between you and your job conditions. Thus, ergonomics is about designing for people. 


Learning Outcomes:

·         Use the ergonomic principles to identify poor work conditions at the workplace

·         Know the right lifting postures for manual handling

·         Draft and implement the health and safety plan



3 weeks

Teaching Methods:

Modified lecture, presentations, field practical and demonstrations, individual/group assignments.



Continuous assignments/practicals [40%], and final examination [60%]. 


Course Content:

·         Introduction to Ergonomics; Definition, History, Principles and aims of Ergonomics, Ergonomic Triad (Task, Worker, Environment)

·         Ergonomic Risk Factors and Control measures

·         Main Injuries from Manual Handling, Assessing of Risk from Manual Handling Operations, Control of manual handling risks

·         Application of Ergonomic Principles in the Design of Tools, Equipment and Working Environment.

·         Use of Display Screen Equipment,

·         Assessing of Risk from Working with VDU:

·         Environmental & Psycho-social Factors; Work Organization, Night Work and Shift Work, Fatigue and Boredom.

·         Ergonomic requirements for people with special needs

Study Materials:

1.      Carayon, P. 2017. Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care and Patient Safety

2.      Gatchel, R. 2014. Handbook of Musculoskeletal Pain and Disability Disorders in the Workplace.

3.      Goonetillke, R.S. 2012. The Science of Footwear

4.      Hedge, A. 2016. Ergonomic Workplace Design for Health, Wellness and Productivity.

5.      Lehto, M.R. & Landy, S.J. 2012. Introduction to Human Factors and Ergonomics for Engineers

6.      McKeown, C. 2014. Ergonomics in Action: A practical Guide for the Workplace.

7.      Salvendy, G. 2012. Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics.

8.      Shorrock, S. & Williams, C. 2016. Human Factors and Ergonomics in Practice: Improving System Performance and Human Well-being in the Real World.

9.      Soares, M.M. & Rebelo, F. 2016. Ergonomics in Design: Methods and Techniques.

Tillman, B & Fitts, D.J. 2016. Human Factors and Ergonomic Design Handbook

Health and Safety in the workplace is necessary to reduce the millions of workers who suffer both fatal and non-fatal injuries, accidents and illnesses. The course is intended to introduce students to the National and International OSH standards, policies and regulations and to give them an understanding on the relevance OSH. Countries such as Uganda have a poor understanding on the importance of OSH. Health and safety management systems are imperative as any organization requires full involvement of its employees.

Learning Outcomes:

·         Outline the scope and nature of occupational health and safety.

·         Explain the moral, social and economic reasons for maintaining and promoting good standards of health and safety in the workplace.

·         Explain the role of national governments and international bodies in formulating a framework for the regulation of health and safety.

·         Develop and explain the key elements of a health and safety management system.


3 weeks

Teaching Methods

  • Modified lecture ,Discussions, Demonstration, Case studies 

Assessment Criteria:

Continuous assignments/practicals [40%], and final examination [60%]. 

Course Content:

·         Introduction to Occupational Safety & Health;

·         Reasons for Managing Safety and Health

·         Safety & Health: Who’s Responsibility?

·         The Multidisciplinary Nature of Safety & Health

·         Introduction to Health and Safety Management Systems

o   Policy,

o   Organising,

o   Planning, and Performance Monitoring,

o   Auditing & Management Review)

·         Introduction to the Integrated Management System


Study Materials:

1.      Alli, B.O. 2008.Fundamental Principles of Occupational Health and Safety.

2.      Friend M. J. and Kohn, J. 2018. Fundamentals of Occupational Safety and Health.

3.      ILO Conventions, Recommendations and Codes of Practice

4.      ILO; Occupational Safety and Health Encyclopedia, 2013.

5.      McKinnon, R.C. 2019. The Design, Implementation, and Audit of Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (Workplace Safety, Risk Management, and Industrial Hygiene)

6.      Rapid Results College Limited, 2015. Controlling Workplace Hazards.

7.      Rapid Results College Limited, 2015. Management of International Health and Safety.

8.      Reese C. D. 2017. Occupational Safety and Health: Fundamental, Principles and Philosophies.

9.      Sojka, M. 2017.Introduction to Safety Engineering.

10.  The Employment Act

11.  The Occupational Safety and Health Act, No.9 of 2006.

12.  The Workers’ Compensation Act

Chemicals are part and parcel of many productions and cannot be avoided. Due to the effects of chemicals (toxicity, corrosiveness and non-corrosiveness), this course has been developed to offer knowledge and skills to students to be able to identify the hazardous chemical, address a preventive measure, understand the Material Safety Data Sheets and Container labels etc.  This course introduces students to ways of informing staff, visitors etc. on the hazards present at a given location, the type of PPE required, the type of training required, type of supervision, escape routes and so on.


Learning Outcomes:

·         Ability to understand industrial chemicals and their effects

·         Ability to use Material safety data sheets

·         Ability to prevent poisoning from chemicals


Teaching Methods:

Modified lecture, field practical’s, individual and group assignments and presentations, case studies,


2 Weeks


Continuous assignments/practicals [40%], and final examination [60%]. 

Course Content:

·         Introduction to Industrial Toxicology

·         Toxic substances: risks involved, handling, storing, labeling, precautionary measures.

·         Principles of Industrial Toxicology – Routes of entry and target organs. Dosage-response relationships.

·         Health Effects; Acute (Short-term exposure) & Chronic (Long-term exposure).

·         Storage of Toxicants in tissues (Liver & kidney) and Routes of Excretion.

·         Assessment of risks associated with the use of Hazardous substances Control of substances hazardous to health

Study Materials:

1.      Alhoshani A. Pharm B. 2012. Excretion of Drugs

2.      Autumn AA. 2016. UN Classification of Chemical Hazards

3.      Bolton, N. 2015. Hazard Communication & Understanding a MSDS - Student Manual

4.      Bolton, N. 2015. Hazard Communication & Understanding a MSDS - Teacher Manual

5.      Kane, A.S. 2014.  Principles of Toxicology

6.      Klaassen, C & Watkins, J. 2015.  Casarett & Doull's Essentials of Toxicology.

7.      McGuire M. M.2016. The Hazard Communication Answer Book

8.      OSHA 3844-02.  2016. Hazard Communication, Hazard Classification Guidance for Manufacturers, Importers, and Employers.

9.      OSHA. 2014. Hazard Communication: Small Entity Compliance Guide for Employers That Use Hazardous Chemicals

10.  Richardson. 2012. Chemical and Hazardous Materials Safety

11.  Roberts, S.M. & James, R.C. 2015.  Principles of Toxicology: Environmental and Industrial Applications

Safety Institute of Australia Ltd. 2012. Chemical Hazards Core Body of Knowledge for the Generalists of OHS Professional

The Occupational Safety and Health Act No.9 2006 requires that each employer  to furnish each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm.

This course will cover basic principles and concepts related to identification of workplace hazard, assessing the risks associated and recommending control measures.


Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

·         Identify the 13 general workplace hazard categories

·         Describe the primary procedures used to identify hazards

·         Discuss the various accident types that might result if hazards are not corrected

·         Describe possible hazard control strategies and various problem-solving techniques to help control hazards

·         Prepare an effective report and make recommendations


3 weeks

Teaching Methods:

Modified lecture, Discussions, Practical sessions and demonstrations, Field Work and Case studies 


Continuous assignments/practicals [40%], and final examination [60%]. 

Course Content:

·         Classification & Identification of Hazards (Hazard Categories); Safety Hazards, Physical hazards, Biological Hazards, Chemical Hazards, Psychosocial Hazards.

·         Principles and practices of Risk control.

ü  Risk assessment- Principles of risk assessment,  risk assessment procedures and practices, Risk Assessment Matrix,

·         Emergency Preparedness; Fire alarms system- call point, siren and alarm panel Means of escape- corridor, passageways, staircase, Drills, Fire notice/ instructions, Emergency Action Plan.

·         Occupational Exposure limits and biological exposure indices.

·         Hierarchy of controls

Study Materials:

1.      Ali B. 2008. Fundamental Principles of Occupational Health and Safety

2.      Chapelle, A. & Hillson, D. 2016. The Risk Management Handbook: A Practical Guide to Managing the Multiple Dimensions of Risk

3.      Hopkin, P. 2018. Fundamentals of Risk Management: Understanding, Evaluating and Implementing Effective Risk Management

4.      Izvercian M. and Larisa I. 2012. Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment in Sustainable Enterprise

5.      Lippmann, M. & Schlesinger, R.B. 2017. Environmental Health Science: Recognition, Evaluation, and Control of Chemical Health Hazards

6.      NSQHS. 2014. Risk Management Approach

7.      Pavel F. and Kamenicky J. 2016. Some Risk Assessment Methods and Examples of their Application

8.      Pérez-Rodríguez, F. 2020.  Risk Assessment Methods for Biological and Chemical Hazards in Food

9.      RSSB. 2014. Guidance on Hazard Identification and Classification

10.  Tarvistock and Portman. 2015. Conducting a Risk Assessment Procedure

11.   The National Archives. 2017. Risk Assessment Handbook.

 Waddah S. Al Hashmi, G.  2020. Process Safety Management and Human Factors: A Practitioner’s Experiential Approach

Participation in the management of Occupational Safety and Health is a mandate of every person. This mandate is derived from Occupational and Labour Laws and Regulations. The national and international legal frameworks detail the policies, rules and regulations upon which this mandate is based. A clear understanding of the national and international OSH policies, rules and regulations is therefore very fundamental in the management of Safety and Health in any organisation, business, or society.  Understanding such laws and regulations also provides a foundation for continual improvement through informed amendments of the same.

Learning Outcomes:

1.      Demonstrate understanding of the basics of laws in Uganda.

2.      Demonstrate understanding of national and international laws and regulations regarding the management of Occupational Safety and Health in Uganda.

3.      Evaluate workplaces for compliance with relevant national and international laws.

4.      Measures to be undertaken to enhance compliance.


2 weeks

Teaching Methods:

Modified lecture, individual and group assignments and presentations, discussions and case studies.

Assessment Criteria:

Continuous assignments/practicals [40%], and final examination [60%].  


Course Content:

  • Introduction to Law (Nature, Purpose, Classification), Historical Developments and Sources of Ugandan Law
  • Divisions of Law (Law of Contracts, Torts, Property, Succession, Trusts)
  • OSH Act No.9 2006 of Uganda and Rules made under the Act
  • International Labour Organisation, 2012. From precarious work to decent work
  • ILO Standards, Policies and Regulations
  • Employment Act
  • Worker’s Compensation Act
  • Public Health Act
  • Labour Laws


Study Materials:

1.      Hage, J. & Waltermann, A. 2017. Introduction to Law

2.      Holmes, O.W. 2016. The Common Law.

3.      McLeod I. 2013. Legal Method.

4.      National Research Council, Policy and Global Affairs.  2020. Monitoring International Labor Standards

5.      The Chief Parliamentary Counsel. 2015. Authorised Version Occupational Health and Safety Regulations

6.      The Employment Act. 2006

7.      The Occupational Safety and Health Act No9 2006 of Uganda

8.      Tiraboschi. M.  2014. Labour Law and Industrial Relations in Recessionary Times

9.      UNHCR. 2018. Standard Operating Procedures for Prevention of and Response to Gender-Based Violence.

10.  Walsh, D.J. 2015. Employment Law for Human Resources.

Across the nation, violence in the workplace is emerging as a significant occupational hazard. All too frequently, employees become victims of violent acts that result in substantial physical or emotional harm. For injured or threatened employees, workplace violence can lead to medical treatment, missed work, lost wages, and decreased productivity.

For many occupations, workplace violence represents a serious occupational risk. Violence at work can take many forms: harassment, intimidation, threats, theft, stalking, assault, arson, sabotage, bombing, hostage-taking, kidnapping, extortion, suicide, among others. This course is intended to give students knowledge on how to manage and overcome violence at work or in a community.

Learning Outcomes:

·         Understand workplace violence

·         Understand legislation and responsibilities regarding workplace violence

·         Assess the risk of violence and mitigate hazards and risks


2 Weeks

Teaching Methods:

Modified lecture, individual and group assignments and presentations, case studies.


Continuous assignments/practicals [40%], and final examination [60%]. 

Course Content:

·         Definition and the types of workplace violence.

·         Types of Criminal Acts

·         Risk factors for workplace violence

·         Conducting a security survey

·         Prevention measures for each violence type

·         Managing your emotions and stress from violent situations

·         Working with Your Union

·         Training Violence Prevention

·         Safety hazards that put workers at risk for becoming victims of workplace violence.

·         Recognize measures for dealing with aggressive persons in the workplace.

·         Elements of a workplace violence prevention program.

Study Materials:

1.      Bevoc, L. 2015. Workplace Violence: Causes, Effects and Prevention

2.      Bowie, V and Fisher, B.S. 2012. Workplace Violence

3.      Carroll-Garrison, M. 2014. How To Stop The Bully At Your Workplace ©: Your Bully at Work: What To Do to Stop The Bully And Return to Workplace Joy (Workplace Behavior)

4.      Danaher, M.G. 2015. Give Your Company a Fighting Chance: An HR Guide to Understanding and Preventing Workplace Violence

5.      Ferris, R.W.& Murphy, D. 2015. Workplace Safety: Establishing an Effective Violence Prevention Program

6.      Gatchel, R.J. & Schultz, I.Z. 2015. Handbook of Occupational Health and Wellness

7.      Kerr, K. 2016. Workplace Violence: Planning for Prevention and Response

8.      LOHP and MASSCOSH. 2013.Preventing Violence in the Workplace; A health and safety curriculum for young workers

9.      OSHA Academy. 2017. Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Workers

10.  OSHA. 2016. Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence.

11.  OSHA. 2017. Preventing Workplace Violence

12.  Philpott , D. 2019. The Workplace Violence Prevention Handbook.

13.  Porter, M.L.2014. Preventing Workplace Violence From Infiltrating Business