Teaching Modules


With support from Minerva’s key academic, industry partners, Minerva’s Board of Directors decided in 2011 to undertake its most ambitious initiative: the development and delivery of H&S engineering student teaching modules. The modules would address current H&S education gaps expressed by Minerva’s industry and academic partners. Industry wants graduates with a better understanding of H&S before they are hired. On the other hand, many professors lack knowledge and confidence teaching H&S. With Minerva’s support, the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) recently introduced new engineering graduate attributes on safety, risk education. Minerva’s modules would help to better define the safety, risk content for each of the engineering disciplines. It would help future engineers better understand their legal, moral, ethical and societal responsibilities and properly prepare them for the workplace.

The modules would range in teaching duration from 1-3 hours and integrated into existing courses over the four years of undergraduate engineering. Universities would develop the modules with Minerva funding and industry support. It is also anticipated that some of these teaching modules can be used by other university faculties and teaching institutions, including CRSP-OHS Schools, Business, and Healthcare. The modules can also serve as good training material for employees of Minerva’s sponsoring organizations. Upon completion, subject matter experts from industry, government and H&S associations would be asked by Minerva Canada to deliver them to universities, colleges when requested.

Following the study done for Minerva in May 2012 by Queen’s University and surveys conducted by the CIAC and WSPS and unanimous endorsement received from the Engineering Deans, Minerva proceeded to develop 25 teaching modules between 2013-2018. Each module was developed by a grad student in engineering under the supervision of a professor and with technical support provided by a company to review content, share leading practices etc. Minerva from special funding raised from industry and a Mitacs grant, provided 10,000 dollars for each of the modules to the student developing it free of charge, for usage by engineering professors and other professors. Minerva believes that these modules would meet the CEAB engineering graduate attribute requirements as well as industry needs. They also address specific engineering discipline needs from academia not being taught currently.

Twenty-six modules are now on Minerva’s website. They are all available free of charge to any professor. Plans are also underway to develop another module in 2018 to add to the Minerva website related to Maritime Risk/Fisheries Safety. Minerva is also looking at developing online versions of some of these modules. An E-learning version of the Risk Management module is now on the Minerva website. Minerva is also working with its partners to seek out resources to have all these modules translated into French.

14 Core Modules (for all Engineering Disciplines)

  • WorkSmart files for downloading on university, college LMS. -H&S fundamentals incl. the ESA module on Electrical Safety Hazards. See below for gaining access.
  • Introduction to Professional Responsibility (via lecture industry guest speaker), Year 1 students
  • Laboratory Safety (University of Alberta, Dow Chemical)
  • Codes, Regulations and Standards (Laurentian Univ., Nova Chemicals)
  • Risk Management (Laurentian University, Xstrata)
  • Hazard and Risk Identification (University of Toronto, DuPont Canada)
  • Ethics and Public Safety (University of Manitoba, APEGM)
  • Risk Assessment Models (University of Toronto, E. Alps & Assoc.)
    (Also in French)
  • Business Case for Safety (Fanshawe College, Shell Canada)
  • Leadership Safety, Management Systems (Western University, Imperial Oil)
  • Incident Investigation, Causal Analysis (Univ. British Columbia, BC Hydro)
  • Incorporating Safety into Engineering Design (Univ. Ont. Institute Tech., GM Canada)
  • Mental Health in the Workplace (Laurentian University, Vale). Also available in French
  • Risk Communications (University of Alberta and Methanex)

12 Discipline Specific (for 2 or more Engineering Disciplines)

  • Electrical Safety (University of Calgary, Enmax)
  • Nanotechnology (University of Calgary, R. DallaVia retired from WSPS)
  • Process Safety Management (University of Western Ontario, Imperial Oil)
  • Robotics Safety (Univ. Ont. Institute of Technology, GM of Canada)
  • Radiation Safety (Ryerson University, Bruce Power)
  • Fires, Dust Explosions (Dalhousie Univ., Nova Chemicals)
  • Emergency Preparedness, Crisis management (Queen’s University, Bruce Power)
  • Advanced Chemical Safety (University of Toronto, Nova Chemicals)
  • Transportation Safety (University of Toronto, Trimac)
  • Field Safety, Design Considerations (Ryerson University, DuPont)
  • Human Factors (Waterloo University, GM Canada)
  • Bio Risk (Waterloo University)

Minerva Teaching Modules
The Minerva Canada Teaching Modules found below are for educational purposes and can be reproduced free of charge without the permission of Minerva Canada. They can also be used or referenced in any periodicals, research papers or textbooks used for educational purposes. They cannot be distributed, sold for commercial purposes or modified without the express written permission of Minerva Canada.

Minerva Health and Safety Student Teaching Modules
ppt Risk Communications
ppt Mental Health in the Workplace (French Ver. La santé mentale en milieu de travail)
Review – Test your knowledge (French Ver. RÉPONSES – Testez vos connaissances)
pdf Incorporating Safety into Engineering Team Design
ppt Human Factors in Workplace Safety and Design (French Ver. Minerva ModuleFacteursHumain – Finalv3)
ppt Biorisk Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4, Chapter 5
ppt Safety Management Systems and Leadership
ppt Field Safety Considerations and its Design Implications — an Introduction to Workplace Health and Safety
pdf Business Case for Health and Safety
Nemi Auto Body and Paint Incident Case Study
ppt Safety in Transportation of Dangerous Goods
Reactive Chemical Hazards
Case Study: Hazards of Hydroxylamine
ppt Nano Safety Module
ppt Risk Management (French Ver. Gestion de Risque Module)
ppt Hazard and Risk Identification (French Ver. Identification des dangers et des risques)
Hazard and Risk Identification – Part II
ppt Process Safety Management
ppt Electrical Safety, Hazard Energy
ppt Fire, Dust Hazard and Explosions – Part 1
Fire, Dust Hazard and Explosions – Part 2
Fire, Dust Hazard and Explosions – Part 3
ppt Radiation Safety
Robotics Safety
Robotics Safety Teaching Module Supplemental Report
ppt Engineering Ethics, Public Safety
ppt Codes Regulation (French Ver. Module de régulation de codes Master)
ppt Quantitative Risk Assessment (French Ver. Évaluation quantitative des risques du processus chimique)
ppt Emergency Preparedness and Crisis Management
ppt Laying the Foundation: Ten Elements of an Effective Laboratory Safety Management Program

Password Protected Content

Additional content – quizzes and instructor notes – is available to academics only. This content is password protected. To view it please enter your password at the login screen. If you do not have a password, click here to request access.

E-Learning Version of Minerva Teaching Modules
The E-Learning Modules cover the same content as the correspondingly named slides but converted into learning management system (LMS) compatible formats that include links to narrated videos of the slides on Youtube and computer-marked quizzes. The E-Learning Modules come in a number of formats that can be used depending upon which LMS you use at your institution:

  1. If you are using Blackboard, use the “Blackboard Course Upload.zip” file. When you unzip this file, it contains step by step instructions for how to load the files directly into your course website.
  2. If you are using a LMS that is not Blackboard, the E-Learning Modules are also available in Common Cartridge version 1.1 (RiskManagementModule_CommonCartridege_v1.1.imscc) and Common Cartridge version 1.2 (RiskManagementModule_CommonCartridege_v1.2.zip) formats. Consult your institution’s LMS technical support if you are unsure how to upload one of these formats with your LMS.
Risk Management
zip Blackboard Course Upload.zip
video A set of videos for Risk Management

Interested in Writing a Case Study or Teaching Module for Minerva Canada?

Minerva Safety Management Education encourages and sponsors the research and publication of Case Studies and Teaching Modules, illustrating business effectiveness through Safety, Health, and Environmental (SHE) management. These resources are intended for use as teaching tools, demonstrating that SHE management has positive business outcomes such as improved profitability, reduced incidents and improved labour relations, productivity and quality.

When used in teaching, Case Studies enhance participants’ understanding of the interrelationship of SHE management with the events depicted and with the internal and external forces upon a business. Learning takes place through discussion of opinions within the student group.

Minerva also encourages and sponsors the research, development and publication of new Teaching Modules pertinent for new graduates entering the workplace and where current student teaching material is not readily available .

Check out the Minerva guidelines for Teaching Modules and Case Studies and funding available for university or college professors or graduate students interested in developing a Teaching Module  for Minerva Canada.

WorkSmart Campus, Electrical Hazards Teaching Module

Please note that access to the WorkSmart Campus (WSC) e-learning modules has changed. www.worksmartcampus.ca has been closed down. Moving forward, please note that WSC will continue to be available, and copies of the modules are made available under MOL license on Minerva’s website here. If you have any issues trying to use these modules please contact awarenessfeedback@ontario.ca.

FAQs: Learning Management Systems English and French

  1. Worker Health and Safety Awareness in 4 Steps eLearning module, 2014 (English and French)
  2. Supervisor Health and Safety Awareness in 5 Steps eLearning module, 2014 (English and French)
  3. SafeSmart for Workplace Leaders, 2007
  4. Knowledge of Electrical Hazards e-learning module (“ESA module”), 2012

Please login to the password protected page to access Review Quiz (SafeSmart for Workplace Leaders, 2007).