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Occupational Health and Safety: Legal and Operational Guide

Starts on: 1 st & 15 th of every month | Duration: 6 Months | Registration open


The health risks of workers and other employees, including women in the workplace conditions have been historically neglected – many of them are exposed to dangerous working conditions and other occupational hazards. It is critical for employers and other responsible others at the workplace to be more conscious of such hazards, take preventive measures to avert such accidents, as well as to ensure that norms of safety, health and hygiene are adhered to. However, it is equally important for workers and employees to understand the hazards of their occupations and be aware of the norms of safety in their workplaces.

Occupational Health and Safety also promotes the adherence to laws regarding the minimum age for employment, thus discouraging child labour.

The course will also look at the legal provisions in countries like the USA and UK to promote better working conditions. Statutory provisions in India are also discussed in detail, as well as the challenges that are faced in the implementation of these legislations.


  • This innovative course is one of its kinds, at the national, regional and international level, offered in a distance education mode.
  • The course is designed such that laypersons gain insights into technical issues regarding health and safety laws, without always relying on experts.
  • It offers unique insights in the use of participatory research and other tools to improve the safety of the workplace.
  • The course material is designed and developed, to meet the special requirements of a distance mode of education. It includes inbuilt exercises and in-text questions aimed at stimulating critical thinking and analysis.
  • Moodle the preferred web-based platform, used by educational institutions across the world, is used to maximize interaction between the instructors and the learners. Lively discussions take place in an asynchronous mode, enabling learners from across the globe to participate and share their comments, queries, suggestions, views and experiences in their virtual classroom.
  • Learners can also access the instructor through the Moodle, via emails, Skype and even over the telephone.


The course is designed for safety officers working in the industry, trade union activists involved in the health and safety of the workers; members of statutory safety committees; civil society activists interested in taking up the occupational/environmental health issues; medical doctors working in the industry; environmentalists; media persons and all those who are interested in the subject.


The course focuses upon building the understanding of individuals involved in safety issues of a workplace and demystifying the concepts and practices of the issue. It intends to debunk the myth that health and safety of the workplace is the domain of experts safety and to educate and empower each individual one concerned about recognition, measurement, prevention and control of workplace-related hazards and diseases.


  • 7 units of study
  • Four evaluative exercises – Reflection note, quizzes and project based assignment.
  • 2–3 videos for the course
  • Powerpoint presentation giving the highlights of each unit
  • Additional readings per unit


Unit 1: Introduction to Occupational Health and Safety

  • Historical and Legal Context of OHS
  • Fundamental Objectives and Principles of Occupational Health and Safety
  • Workplace and Health
  • Occupational Health and Safety in Developing Countries
  • Occupational Hazards and Hygiene
  • Ergonomics

Unit 2: Sector Specific Occupational Health And Safety Issues

  • Health and Safety Risks in Mining
  • Health Hazard in Electronic Industry
  • Health Hazards in Food Processing Industry
  • Health Hazards in Other Industries

Unit 3: Socio-Economic Aspects of Occupational Health and Safety

  • Women's Occupational Health and Safety
  • Child Labour
  • Health Issues in the Unorganised Sector

Unit 4: Basics of Preventive Techniques

  • What is an Accident?
  • Accident Analysis
  • Monitoring of Hazards
  • Reporting And Investigation of Accidents
  • Accident Prevention and Control
  • Safety Audits

Unit 5: Health Screening Measures

  • Stages of Medical Examination
  • Occupational History
  • Abnormal Lung Function
  • Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL)
  • First Aid Techniques

Unit 6: Occupational Health and Safety Legislation in India

  • Overview of Existing OHS Legislation in India
  • Relevant Legislation in India
  • Inadequacy of OHS Legislation in India

Unit 7: Participatory Research and Occupational Health

  • Philosophy of Participatory Research (PR)
  • Use of Participatory Research Methods in OHS
  • Conducting Participatory Research for OHS

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