Online Class: Workplace Safety

This course focuses on workplace safety, health, and inspection. Throughout this course you will learn what workplace safety is, why it is important and how it affects a business.

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Course Description

The Comprehensive Guide to Workplace Safety, Health, and Inspection

In today's fast-paced corporate world, ensuring the well-being and safety of employees is paramount. It not only boosts morale but also enhances productivity, reduces costs, and, most importantly, saves lives. This comprehensive course dives deep into the multifaceted domain of workplace safety, health, and routine inspection, equipping you with a robust understanding and actionable strategies to foster a safer and healthier work environment.

Course Overview:

Workplace safety isn't just about avoiding physical injuries; it encapsulates a broad spectrum that includes mental well-being, health initiatives, dealing with workplace violence, and maintaining drug-free surroundings. Understanding potential hazards, implementing preventive measures, and actively involving employees through safety committees are just a few of the critical components covered in this course. To supplement your learning, we've infused the course with practical tools, checklists, and real-world examples, ensuring that once you complete the curriculum, you're not just informed but also empowered to make tangible changes in your workplace.

Course Breakdown:

  • Lesson 1 - An Introduction to Workplace Safety, Health, and Inspection: Dive into the foundational principles underlying workplace safety, its significance, and the overarching impact on businesses.

  • Lesson 2 - Office Safety: From ergonomics to electrical safety, explore measures to mitigate risks in an office environment.

  • Lesson 3 - Workplace Hazards: Identify potential dangers across various workplaces, ranging from factories to construction sites, and strategies to manage them.

  • Lesson 4 - Other Workplace Safety Issues: Discuss safety aspects beyond common hazards, like fire safety, building security, and more.

  • Lesson 5 - Workplace Health: Delve into the importance of health checks, employee well-being programs, and disease prevention strategies.

  • Lesson 6 - Preventative Measures: Proactive steps to preempt potential threats, including training programs, regular equipment checks, and safety drills.

  • Lesson 7 - Outdoor Workplace Safety: Understand the unique challenges posed by outdoor work environments and ways to ensure employee safety.

  • Lesson 8 - Company Vehicle Safety: A focus on maintaining and ensuring safety in company-owned vehicles, considering factors like regular maintenance, safe driving practices, and emergency protocols.

  • Lesson 9 - Mental Health in the Workplace: With rising awareness of mental health, this lesson concentrates on recognizing signs of mental distress, providing support, and creating an inclusive environment.

  • Lesson 10 - Corporate Health and Wellness Initiatives: Learn about the strategies companies adopt to ensure the holistic well-being of their employees, from fitness programs to nutritional guidance.

  • Lesson 11 - Routine Inspection Practices: Understand the methodology behind regular safety inspections, ensuring compliance and early detection of potential risks.

  • Lesson 12 - Accident Reporting and Investigation: Unpack the procedures post an accident, from reporting mechanisms to in-depth investigations to prevent future occurrences.

  • Lesson 13 - Creating a Workplace Safety Committee: Learn how to form, operate, and maintain an effective committee dedicated to improving and maintaining workplace safety.

By the end of this course, you'll not only have a comprehensive grasp of workplace safety and health but also be equipped with actionable strategies and tools to make a tangible difference. We're excited to guide you through this pivotal journey toward creating safer, healthier, and more productive workplaces. Join us and enhance your expertise in this critical domain!

Course Motivation

Welcome to the world of workplace safety, health, and inspection. By the time you complete this course, you will have a clear understanding of what is involved in these issues. Throughout the lessons in this course, you will be introduced to what workplace safety is, and why it is important. You also will learn about specific areas, such as office safety, workplace hazards, preventative measures, outdoor workplace safety, routine inspections, reporting accidents, and creating a safety committee. This course will touch on all the main areas of the subject matter so that by the time you finish, you will have a well-rounded understanding of the issues involved. As you work your way through the course, you will find additional tips, tools, and links that can help enhance your learning experience. We hope you enjoy the course!
What is workplace safety?

Years ago when people went to work in America there were no laws or guidelines in place to protect the workers. People of all ages could be on the job for many hours at a time, they could be exposed to hazardous chemicals that could put their lives in danger, or they could even be injured on the job because of the lack of proper safety measures being taken.

Over the last couple of decades, great strides have been taken to help make workplaces much safer. There have been laws passed that are designed to help do that, including the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, the Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977, and the Fair Labor Standards Act. These laws have been enacted in an effort to combat the workplace safety issues that the country was experiencing.
Why It Is Necessary

Just because there have been laws put on the books to help fight workplace injuries, this doesn't mean they don't occur. Workplace safety remains a very critical issue today in all businesses across the country. Workplace injuries and illnesses can not only be detrimental to the health of the employee, but it can also result in a great deal of expense for the employer. The insurance liability issues, combined with time off work and lost productivity, can cost businesses thousands per year. It is in their best interest to try to combat the issue and reduce the instances of workplace injury or illnesses.

What type of injury or illness can take place in the workplace? That's largely influenced by the type of work that is being done. Those working in factories may be exposed to dangerous machinery, construction workers exposed to the elements, and those in office settings exposed to electrical wiring from computers. Every type of workplace setting, from hospitals to hotels, has risks that are present for their employees. The goal is to identify what those risks might be and take preventative steps to help lower the incidence of injury and illness.
Common Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, below are the most commonly reported workplace safety conditions:
  • Sprains and strains are the most common type of injury and illness in the workplace each year. A sprain is a ligament injury that is caused by excessive stretching. The most common type happens to the ankle or knee.
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), a condition that is brought on by compression of a key nerve in the wrist. This painful condition goes from the hand to the forearm and creates a painful burning and tingling sensation.
  • Workplace falls, due to floors, ground surfaces, and walkways.


When it comes to who is being injured on the job, the records show the highest number of reported injuries and illnesses were from those working in labor, freight, stock, and material-mover positions. After that, heavy- and tractor-trailer truck drivers, nurse's aides, orderlies, and attendants experienced the most injuries and illnesses per year. Other important facts about workplace safety include:

  • Those between the ages of 20 to 24 have the highest incidence rate, while those over the age of 65 have the least.
  • The older the person is that is injured, the more time they are usually away from work because of it.
  • Men account for 64 percent of all workplace injuries and illnesses.
The History of Workplace Safety

Many people who are vaguely familiar with workplace safety have heard of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, which was signed into law by President Richard Nixon. Across the country it is common to see posters about this law up on the walls of break rooms. When the act was formed, it changed workplace safety issues, as the mission was to protect people from being hurt on the job.

The act established the first federal program, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which was nationwide, and focused on protecting people from workplace injury, illness, and death.

Since its inception, the laws have undergone quite a few changes and have adapted to meet the needs of the American worker. Additions have been put in place to cover such issues as protective equipment, chemical exposure limits, confined spaces, hazard communications, bloodborne pathogens, and exposure to asbestos, among other things. It is likely that changes will continue into the future as well, to keep up with the ever-changing workplace setting and worker expectations.

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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1 - An Introduction to Workplace Safety, Health, and Inspection

This first lesson focuses on workplace safety, health, and inspection -- and why it's important and how it got started. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Workplace Safety Course; Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment - Introduction
  • Assessment: Lesson One : An Introduction to Workplace Safety, Health and Inspection

Lesson 2 - Office Safety

This lesson focuses on safety in the office, including how it relates to computers, being organized and neat, and taking security measures. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment - Office Safety
  • Assessment: Lesson Two : Office Safety

Lesson 3 - Workplace Hazards

This lesson focuses on common hazards in the workplace, including asbestos, as well as fire safety and hazard communication. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson Three : Workplace Hazards

Lesson 4 - Other Workplace Safety Issues

This lesson will focus on some other workplace safety issues, such as fatigue, posture and working the midnight shift. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Fatigue
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson Four : Other Workplace Safety Issues

Lesson 5 - Workplace Health

This lesson addresses some workplace health issues, such as fragrances, blood borne pathogens, and hand hygiene. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson Five: Workplace Health

Lesson 6 - Preventative Measures

This lesson focuses on preventative measures that can be taken to help avoid workplace safety issues. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson Six: Preventative Measures

Lesson 7 - Outdoor Workplace Safety

This lesson looks at outdoor workplace safety, including working in extreme temperatures and construction zones. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson Seven: Outdoor Workplace Safety

Lesson 8 - Company Vehicle Safety

This lesson discusses company vehicle safety, including wearing seat belts, auto insurance, and defensive driving. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson Eight: Company Vehicle Safety

Lesson 9 - Mental Health in the Workplace

This lesson focuses on mental health issues in the workplace, including anger management, keeping up employee morale, reducing stress, and more. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: factsheet-workplace-violence.pdf
  • Lesson discussions: Stress
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment - Anger Management
  • Assessment: Lesson Nine: Mental Health in the Workplace

Lesson 10 - Corporate Health and Wellness Initiatives

This lesson looks at corporate health and wellness initiatives, including addressing substance abuse, weight loss, and a drug-free workplace. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson Ten: Corporate Health and Wellness Initiatives

Lesson 11 - Routine Inspection Practices

This lesson looks at routine inspection practices, including what to look for and monitor. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson Eleven: Routine Inspection Practices

Lesson 12 - Accident Reporting and Investigation

This lesson is about accidents in the workplace being reported, including filing a report, getting testimony, and workers' compensation. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson Twelve: Accident Reporting and Investigation

Lesson 13 - Creating a Workplace Safety Committee

This lesson focuses on forming a workplace safety committee, covering the process, goals, trends, and training of new employees. 58 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Safety Committe; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe workplace safety, health and inspection.
  • Define office safety.
  • Recognize workplace hazards and safety issues.
  • Describe proper workplace health.
  • Define preventative measures.
  • Summarize outdoor workplace safety.
  • Describe company vehicle safety.
  • Summarize mental health in the workplace.
  • Define corporate health and wellness initiatives.
  • Describe routine inspection practices.
  • Summarize accident reporting and investigation.
  • Describe creating a workplace safety committee.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Workplace Safety
Course Number: 7550195
Lessons Rating: 4.40 / 5 Stars (1,601 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Last Updated: 2024
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.5 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: UniversalClass Instructional Team
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "I loved it, easy to follow, well explained, the topics, color and title helps a lot, in my opinion it could not be any better." -- Silmara P.
  • "This course was very helpful and provided the right awareness to my work environment as well as helpful tools to move forward. I feel I will be a better employee and will be able to apply what I learned today." -- Juan J.
  • "Great Course, Thank you for offering it." -- Sm S.
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  • "The entire course was very helpful. In completing this course, I have reviewed safety areas at work...I will be taking more classes. In fact I have signed up for two more already." -- Mary A.

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