Occupational health and safety (OCHS) involve identifying, assessing, and managing risks in work environments. Our learners come from many industries, ranging from construction, manufacturing, and health care, and are looking to learn how they can support and promote healthier workplaces. The effective management of workplace health and safety is important for the health and safety of workers, the longevity of organizations, the success of business, and the protection of the environment. Throughout the Western world, the effective management of workplace and environmental health and safety issues has become an increasingly important and expected dimension of responsible business practice. The discipline of OHS is rapidly changing to address increasingly complex workplace needs. Legislation governing workplace health and safety practices is also becoming more sophisticated and stringent and has contributed to a growing employer need for professional health and safety expertise. Employers are now required to identify, evaluate, and communicate information about workplace and environment conditions that may have negative effects on workers’ health, productivity, and the environment. Employers need health and safety practitioners, supervisors, managers, and leaders who are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to plan and implement strategies intended to control and manage potential workplace hazards.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Recognize, describe, evaluate and control occupational health hazards in the workplace.
  • Develop, deliver and evaluate workplace safety and health programs.
  • Apply management strategies to examine and evaluate environmental issues and policies.
  • Identify the impact of social, global, technological, environmental changes and trends in the safety and health industry.
  • Analyze and manage processes related to occupational safety and health and legislation, Canadian federal and provincial legislation, National Fire Code and international standards.

The program provides knowledge relevant to all workplaces in:

  • auditing safety management
  • contractor safety management
  • disability management
  • emergency management
  • ergonomics
  • law and ethics
  • incident investigation
  • industrial hygiene
  • risk management
  • safety management systems


Instructional Activities, Design and Delivery Mode

The program consists of ten 45-hour courses at the certificate level, and a Capstone Project. Upon successful completion of ten additional 45-hour courses at the diploma level, graduates are awarded our College Diploma.

Evaluation of Student Learning

Evaluation of student learning is based on completion of course assignments or projects. Due dates and criteria for successful completion of each course assignment will be outlined by the instructor at the beginning of each course.

Courses and Outlines

Course NameCourse CodeCourse LevelCourse IDCourse CreditCourse Outline
Ergonomics IOHSE-ERG1OHSE-ERG-0013This course focuses on the principles of ergonomics to examine the ergonomic factors that impact the human body. You will investigate the relationship between the human body and machines and review basic computer and industrial settings. You will further explore ergonomic programming, training, and communication strategies to complete basic ergonomic assessments in your workplace.
Safety Program ManagementOHSE-SAP1OHSE-SAP-0013You will learn to develop an organizational occupational health and safety program. Opportunity to practice evaluating, revising, and implementing guidelines and programs, will enhance your ability to determine prevention strategies and corrective action plans. Your studies will focus on safety systems and their relationship to contractors. Most organizations require contractor services at some point in time, and you will explore how to manage these contractors and subcontractors within your safety management system. Specific topics covered include legislated roles and responsibilities of employers, contractors and supervisors; requirements for a safety management system; and WCB's relationship with contractors.
Disability Management IOHSE-DIM1OHSE-DIM-0013You will be introduced to disability management as a key essential component of an occupational health and safety program. Disability management starts at the time of illness or injury and continues until the individual has recovered and returned to work. In this course, you will acquire knowledge and skill to develop and implement a disability management program including Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) claims information and return to work plans.
Organizational BehaviourOHSE-ORG1OHSE-ORG-0013Your studies will focus on how to best assist employers and their workers through organizational behaviour challenges in the realm of occupational health and safety. You will also focus on improving your personal leadership qualities to assist you in recognizing how principles of organizational behavior can be used to capitalize on the strengths and weaknesses in any occupational health and safety management system.
Industrial Hygiene IOHSE-INH1OHSE-INH-0013 You will be introduced to the basic principles of industrial hygiene, sometimes referred to as occupational hygiene. This course will prepare you to anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and control workplace hazards. Specific topics include occupational contamination, chemical, biological, and radiation hazards as well as occupational disease and injuries.
Fire Prevention and ProtectionOHSE-FIP1OHSE-FIP-0013 Your studies will focus on applying current concepts, principles, and practices involved in the evaluation, control, prevention, reduction, and elimination of fire hazards resulting in the protection of workers and workplaces. Specific topics include the chemistry of fire, causes of fire, fire detection and suppression systems, legislated codes and regulations, emergency response plans, and stakeholder responsibilities.
Communication StrategiesOHSE-COM1OHSE-COM-0013This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to communicate professionally on many levels including writing; speaking; conducting meetings; giving presentations and interpersonal dialogues; and using electronic media. During this course, you will learn how to plan, write and review a variety of business communications vehicles from presentations to letters to informational reports and business proposals. Using a combination of teaching methods – online lectures, large and small group discussion, writing and editing projects and student-prepared critiques of other students’ work, this course will help you develop critical thinking and analysis, research, writing, editing and presentation and feedback skills. Special emphasis will be placed on developing appropriate business language skills (spelling, grammar, punctuation, voice and tone).
Any business person planning to grow in his or her career, who wants to be perceived as a credible and effective communicator, should take this course.
Psychological Health & SafetyOHSE-PSH1OHSE-PSH-0013Psychological health and safety (PH&S) is becoming an integral part of Canadian workplaces as employers begin to recognize its financial, legal, and social benefits. This seminar will provide an understanding of the conceptual framework, the business case, resources, strategic approaches and practical tools available. Managers, HR, and OHS professionals will learn to assess, design and implement effective PH&S strategies. Topics may include psychosocial factors, stress, mental illness, harassment, and bullying in the workplace.

Occupational Health & Safety LawOHSE-OCS1OHSE-OCS-0013As a health and safety practitioner your practice is governed by an array of Federal and Provincial legislation and policy. This course, which is based on current legislation, will guide students through the key elements of the regulatory environment governing workplace safety including: the framework of occupational health and safety, organizational obligations, jurisdictional considerations, and an overview of ethical and legal responsibilities as a safety professional.
Food Safety & HACCP ManagementOHSE-FOS1OHSE-FOS-0013This course focuses on several aspects related to producing a quality food product. Students will become familiar with safe food handling procedures and product flow, Hazard Analysis of Critical Control Point (HACCP), equipment and sanitization procedures, and the importance of governmental rules and regulations as they pertain to food safety. Students will also learn and apply principles of food safety management and the systems involved. The course is organized in five modules: food safety, plant hygiene, principles of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP), HACCP based food safety programs in Canada, and ISO Food Safety Management Systems.
Emergency ManagementOHSE-EME2OHSE-EME-0023Your studies will focus on potential workplace emergencies. You will examine the role of stakeholders, legislation, standards and best practices used to develop Emergency Management plans. You will discuss the importance of a proactive approach to Emergency Management and how to address communication and post incident recovery.
Auditing Safety ManagementOHSE-AUS2OHSE-AUS-0023Your studies will focus on both internal and external audit processes from initial planning through to completion. The course will include an overview of why auditing is needed. Specific topics covered include audit elements, steps for planning and conducting the audit, as well as reporting and follow up on corrective actions. A variety of audit strategies will be used throughout the course to enhance your learning.
Industrial Hygiene IIOHSE-IHY2OHSE-IHY-0023Industrial Hygiene, sometimes referred to as Occupational Hygiene, is the science dedicated to the prevention of occupational illness or disease. This course builds on the HLTH 188- Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene 1. This course will prepare you to anticipate, recognize, evaluate and control noise, thermal, ergonomic and respiratory hazards. A research paper will allow you to expand your knowledge on equipment used in the field.
Risk Assessment & ManagementOHSE-RIA2OHSE-RIA-0023This section provides an overview of mechanisms for risk-based decision-making and to demonstrate its application in the fields of Health, Safety, and Environment. Organizational risk management is discussed from a Management Systems perspective. Loss management concepts are introduced as one component of risk management. Conventional approaches are discussed for identifying hazards, investigating incidents, and formulating programs for minimizing loss in the workplace. Finally, theory is combined with case studies to provide actual examples of how risk and loss management can be applied toward the ultimate goal of a safer work environment.
Environmental Monitoring & ManagementOHSE-ENM2OHSE-ENM-0023Introduction to Environmental Monitoring examines the roles and responsibilities of environmental monitors. As an introductory course to the Environmental Monitoring Online Certificate, the course helps students visualize the importance of environmental monitoring and subsequently related career opportunities. he Introduction to Environmental Management provides students with key knowledge pertaining to environmental documentation and project structure. Students learn about the characteristics of an Environmental Management Plan (EMP), Construction Environmental Management Program (CEMP), and EMP Component Plan, and how these systems differ.
Ergonomics IIOHSE-RGO2OHSE-RGO-0023This course guides participants through the process of designing an ergonomics program. We will examine strategies designed to increase participation from employees, supervisors, union, management, etc. in best-practice ergonomics to reduce the frequency and severity of workplace injury. Participants will learn strategies for integrating ergonomics into their work systems (i.e. occupational health and safety, purchasing, human resources, etc.) in addition to exploring and understanding the use of cost-benefit strategies to successfully justify investments in ergonomics interventions. Finally, we will discuss proven mechanisms to ensure the long-term sustainability and success of these efforts.
Disability Management IIOHSE-DIM2OHSE-DIM-0023Disability management is most effective when integrated and embedded into the strategies and culture of an organization. This course builds on the materials addressed and covers topics such as OH&S professionals – their roles and contributions to disability management, an overview of ergonomics, stakeholder education and training in disability management (2 sessions), joint labour-management support and involvement in an integrated disability management program, advanced program evaluation, legal aspects (an advanced perspective) of disability management, and effective workplace attendance support and assistance programs.
Human Training & PerformanceOHSE-HUT2OHSE-HUT-0023Training and development is based on the premise that people are the most valuable asset of an organization. One of the mandates of the human resources department is to develop and administer policies, practices, and procedures to provide for the effective training and development of employees. This ensures the organization achieves its goals and objectives, and employees fulfill their career potential. This course provides participants with an understanding of the skills required to assess employee training needs, design and administer employee training and development programs, and evaluate both the efficiency and effectiveness of such programs.
Environmental & Occupational EpidemiologyOHSE-ENO2OHSE-ENO-0023Environmental stressors such as outdoor air pollution, heat waves and infectious agents contribute significantly to the global burden of disease. For many stressors such as electromagnetic fields considerable uncertainty regarding health effects remains. Environmental epidemiology has made major contributions to assessing the magnitude of health risks of various environmental stressors.
This course will teach you about the principles and important issues of environmental epidemiology. The main methodological topics include time series studies, spatial epidemiology (including ecological studies), exposure assessment (use of GIS, Exposome), measurement error (impact and correction methods) and advanced data analyses (shape of concentration response functions, case-cross-over and panel studies). Additionally, the course provides state-of the art overviews of health effects of selected topics like climate change, outdoor air pollution and electromagnetic fields.
Guided PracticumOHSE-GPR2OHSE-GPR-0020This course requires learners to demonstrate specific research and writing skills in synthesizing prior learning from the Diploma program courses, as well as other information they may choose to incorporate in their work. The course enables learners to produce a practical, relevant program for application in their own unique working environment, or to contribute, through research or development, a new product or service to the field. Whether in a private practice, a staff position, management, or self-employment role, the Guided Practicum is adaptable to the learner’s particular circumstances and needs.
Accident & Incident ManagementOHSE-ACI2OHSE-ACI-0023Understanding accident theory and the incident investigation process are essential in determining why workplace incidents occur and how to prevent re-occurrences. By providing categories of causes, accident theory helps explain how accidents are caused. Incident investigation answers the: who, what, why, when, where and how so that re-occurrences can be prevented. Through examples and case studies, gain an overview of the most important theories, their strengths and weaknesses, and how to select the best model and best methods for each investigation.

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