Course Syllabus

Note: This course code has changed from HS 484 to OSH 484. You may occasionally see references to the old course code or title.


  1. Define and apply the terms used for accident prevention, investigation, record keeping, analysis, and evaluation.
  2. Systematically investigate industrial accidents.
    • Identify the basic facts and/or equipment needed to investigate industrial accidents.
    • Properly record and use the accident information in the appropriate forms.
    • Reconstruct the events that lead to the occurrence of an industrial accident.
  3. Employ strategies to prevent industrial accidents.
    • Calculate accident frequency and severity rates.
    • Statistically analyze and interpret recorded data in order to develop corrective measures to prevent similar accidents.


This course teaches students the fundamentals of investigating accidents in the workplace in accordance with OSHA standards. The first five weeks of the course rely heavily on students learning the lawful procedures for classifying and recording different types of accidents, primarily focused on government regulations administered by OSHA. The remainder of the course is a series of case studies in which students simulate the work of an organizational safety officer, in managing investigation of accidents, interviewing witnesses, compiling reports, and providing photographs.

Learning Model Architecture

This course employs all aspects of the BYU-Idaho Learning Model, which entails the following: Prepare, Teach One Another, and Ponder and Prove. The way these various activities are employed include group discussions, quizzes over the readings, case studies, and group projects.


Every week you will prepare by completing the lesson reading and taking a quiz based on that content.

Teach One Another

Teach One Another activities will be completed in the form of weekly class discussions. There is also a group project that will culminate with your classmates providing you a report on a specific form of accident analysis and a corresponding group discussion administered by that same group of your peers.

Ponder and Prove

This course is back-loaded with many case studies that will require you to apply what you learn in a manner that simulates the work of an organizational safety officer.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Required Materials

  1. Accident Investigation Techniques, 2nd Edition by Jeffery S. Oakley, Ph.D., CSP, ISBN 978-1-885581-62-4.
  2. A microphone to record your narration of your topic presentation. This can be an external mic or one built into a laptop.

Proctored Exams and Assessments

This course will use an online proctoring software called Proctorio. This makes it possible for students to take assessments and exams without a human proctor present. Proctored exams can be accessed like any other exam, once the software has been installed. Exams will be recorded by Proctorio and reviewed by the BYUI Testing Center. Any questionable exams will be forwarded to the instructor for further review.

For step-by-step instructions on Proctorio installation, please refer to this help guide article (Links to an external site.).

Major Project Due Dates

Use the following information to plan your time.

Due End-of-Week

Group Report Assignment:

Group Report Topic Selection

Week 01

Individual Topic Presentation:

Sign up for topic

Week 01

Group Report Assignment:

Submit Group Progress Report (5 points)

Week 04

Group Report Assignment:

Submit five Questions for Group Report (5 points)

Submit Group Report Paper (10 points)

Submit Group Report PowerPoint (10 points)

Week 05

Case Study: Scenario 1 (16 points)

Week 06

Case Study: Scenario 2 (15 points)

Week 07

Case Study: Scenario 3 (50 points)

Week 08

Fire Investigation Assignment (10 points)

Week 09

Individual Topic Presentation:

Submit Individual Topic Presentation (100 points)

Week 09

Vehicular Accident Investigation Assignment (10 points)

Week 10

Final Project (100 points)

Week 14


You will be graded on a points system, which is broken down as follows:

Activity Points
Reading Quizzes 117
Other Quizzes/Assignments 215
Class Discussions 120
Group Project 30
Case Studies 81
Final Project 100

University Policies

Students with Disabilities

Brigham Young University-Idaho is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere that accommodates qualified persons with disabilities. If you have a disability and require accommodations, please contact the Disability Services Office at (208) 496-9210 or visit their website and follow the Steps for Receiving Accommodations. Reasonable academic accommodations are reviewed for all students who have qualified documented disabilities. Services are coordinated with students and instructors by the Disability Services Office.

This course may require synchronous meetings. If you are currently registered with the Disability Services Office and need an interpreter or transcriber for these meetings, please contact the deaf and hard of hearing coordinator at (208) 496-9219.

Other University Policies

Student Honor and Other Policies

Please read through the document called University Policies. It gives important information about the following topics:

  • Student Honor
    • Academic Honesty
    • Student Conduct
      • Sexual Harassment
  • Student with Disabilities
  • Complaints and Grievances
  • Copyright Notice

Go to the Student Resources module to review further resources and information.


The instructor reserves the right to change any part of this syllabus at any time during the semester, in order to adapt to changing course needs. You will be notified prior to any changes that may take place.

Course Summary:

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