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In partnership with Dalhousie University, Safety P.A.T.H. is pleased to provide Canada's top (4 day)... 
 
Advanced-Level OHS Accident Investigation Program 
 
This is an excellent program for OHS professionals, JOHS Committee members, Employers, Labour Leaders, HR Professionals, Government OHS Regulators and OHS Consultants.  
 
Course Dates:  September 25 - 29, 2017
Place:  Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Cost:  $1395
To Register:  Click here
 
Please see our course curriculum below.
 
Day 1 (Instructor: Peter Hollett)

Role of the OHS Regulator during an Investigation   
-  Authority, Powers and Limitations
-  Anticipating and understanding the actions of the Regulator
-  What to do if charges are laid by the Regulator
-  What should you do when presented with a search warrant
-  Options when the OHS Regulator issues a legal caution and Right to Retain and Instruct Counsel 

Due Diligence: What is the law?  
- What is OHS “Due Diligence” relative to workplace health and safety 
- Examples of effective and ineffective Due Diligence defense
- Why do most OHS court cases result in a conviction?
- What does the law require? Relevant case law discussion 
- Roles of the court, Crown and defense counsel
- What’s in the courts these days: Examination of current court decisions 
- Charter provision: Rights Against Unreasonable Search and Seizure 
 
Exploring Accident Theory  
-  Why do accidents happen
-  What is the difference, if any, between an “Incident” and an “Accident”
-  What are Hazards and Risks (examples)
-  Unsafe Acts v. Unsafe Conditions: Avoiding the “Blame Game”
-  Review Pre-course assignment (Case Law Discussion: “Assessing Employer Responsibility v. Employee Error”
 
Investigation Methodology  
- Who should investigate an accident and why
- Impartiality of workplace investigation team members
- Investigation Steps: Look, Listen and Learn to Look and Listen More 
- Collecting Facts and Evidence
- Analyzing the Facts and Evidence
- Role of the JOHSC / H&S Representative
- Authority and Limitations of the JOHSC / H&S Rep.
- Understand how to become an “investigator” Root Cause Analysis 
- What is “Root Cause” and why is it important
- Basic v. Root Cause: Getting from “effect” to “cause”
- What questions to ask to confirm “root cause”
- From root cause to prevention
- Understanding “root cause” from a practical perspective
 
Day 2  (Instructor: Mark Hartlen)
 
Note-taking
- Importance of note-taking v. reliance on memory 
- Where to record notes
- When to take notes
- How to take proper notes 
- What should be recorded in your notes 
- What to do with the notes
- Preserving the notes
- Examples of “Good” and “Bad” notes

Forensic Interview Techniques
- Preparation
- Principles of Effective Interviewing
- What is an “Interview”
- Who conducts the interview
- Number of interviewers
- Where to conduct an interview
- Setting up the interview
- Building Rapport with the witness
- Critical Incident Stress Considerations of Witness
- Beginning, Body and End of an Interview
- “What” questions should be asked and “How”
- Tips to prompt memory recall
- Body Language
- Intimidation Factors
- Why should the witnesses be separated
- Confidentiality of information learned
- Potential (legal) implications of interviewing (reacting to inculpatory and exculpatory remarks)
- Examples of “Good” and “Bad” interviews
- Group Exercise (Note-Taking and Interviews) 
 
Obtaining Witness Statements   
- Preparation
- Forms and Format
- Inculpatory and Exculpatory statements
- Pure Version Statements
- Follow-up questioning
- Examples of “Good” and “Bad” witness statements 
- Group Exercises 

Day 3(Instructor: Barry MacDougall)

Scene Protection and Examination  
- Priorities (Protection of Persons and Equipment)
- Considerations when at a scene
- How to secure a scene properly and understanding the importance

Scene Photographs, Video and Sketching
- Why obtain photos and a sketch
- Equipment kit
- How to properly take scene photos
- What is a sketch and how is it useful to an investigation 
- Lighting considerations and depth perception
- Proper use of video
- Examples of “Good” and “Bad” scene photos 
 
Report Writing   
- Forms and Format
- Creating an Impression: From Presentation to Professionalism 
- Effective Writing Skills
- The “Do’s” and “Don’ts” of report writing 
 
Day 4 - Mock Accident

-  Students will respond to a workplace accident and conduct a thorough investigation utilizing the knowledge and skills learned in the program
-  Students will prepare and submit a comprehensive investigation report to be used by them as a template when returning to their respective workplace
-  Debrief to follow 
 
 
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