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Human Resources and Organizational Behaviour
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HROB 3030
Rhonda Gordon

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HROB3030 Textbook Notes: Chapter One; Introduction and Overview ­ Workplace accidents continue to occur, consequences ranging from minor  property damage to death ­ HR needs to monitor and organization’s occupational health and safety ­ If HR fails, then cost can be immense ­ 900 – 1000 workers die each year due to accidents and about 250000 workers  suffer serious injury (causing work to be mixed) Lost – time injury: a workplace injury that results in the employee missing time from  work ­ Most dangerous industry to work in: construction, manufacturing, and  transportation Occupational health and safety (OH&S): the identification, evaluation, and control of  hazards associated with the work environment Occupational injury: any cut, fracture, sprain, or amputation resulting from a workplace  accident Occupational illness: any abnormal condition or disorder caused by exposure to  environmental factors associated with employment ­ Employees in white­collar environments are worrying more and more about  repetitive strain injury and sick building syndrome.  ­ In Canada, concern for occupational health and safety was first evident in the late  nineteenth century, when Ontario passes legislation that established safety  standards (i.e., guards on machines) ­ Laws on regulating heating, lighting, ventilation, hygiene, fire safety, and accident  reporting ­ Recommendations for improving health 
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