Occupational Health and Safety Management

Program: OHSM
Credential: Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Delivery: Part-time - Online
Length: 1 Semester
Duration: 1 Semester
Effective: Fall 2019
Location: Barrie


This program provides students with knowledge, skills and solid training in the theories and practices of occupational health and safety, emergency planning and environmental management. Graduates will have the foundations to create, plan, implement, audit and evaluate programs in the areas of health and safety, emergency planning and environmental management systems. This program will interest individuals already working in safety-related positions who require broader legal and technical knowledge to function effectively in their occupation, or who would like to enhance their career in safety, or are planning to move into safety-related positions.

Career Opportunities

Most organizations in manufacturing, retail, service, private or public sectors and all levels of government need to have a trained Health and Safety professional on staff. Changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Legislation require workplaces to meet safety standards means that trained Health and Safety professionals are currently in high demand. Positions include:

  • Health and Safety Consultant for Industry
  • Safety Inspector
  • Risk Manager
  • Safety Auditor
  • Construction Oil and Gas, Health Care Safety
  • Fire Safety Coordinator
  • Disability Manager
  • Health and Safety Trainer

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • develop, implement and evaluate organizational health and safety policies and practices utilizing effective collaboration skills that adhere to government legislation, regulations and guidelines;
  • apply theories and laws of health and safety to ensure legal compliance, to reduce accidents and to train and lead others in creating a safe work environment;
  • conduct critical incident reviews, accident investigations, incident command and root cause analysis in a variety of workplaces;
  • apply the principles of industrial hygiene to recognize, evaluate and control biological, physical and chemical hazards in the workplace;
  • create, propose and evaluate programs which provide an organization with due diligence in emergency response planning, toxicology prevention and/or risk management;
  • develop, evaluate and advocate for change in safety-related programs;
  • facilitate and support an effective health and safety program in both non-union and union environments;
  • research existing industry standards, produce reports and provide recommendations for changes for continuing improvement of the health, safety, disability, ergonomic, emergency and environmental management systems.

Admission Requirements

  • Post-secondary diploma, degree or equivalent is required. Three years of post secondary education is recommended.

Selection Process

  • admission decisions will be based on academic grades

Graduation Requirements

6 Program Courses

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, a student must attain a minimum of 60% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester. The passing weighted average for promotion through each semester and to graduate is 60%.

Program Tracking

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
Program Courses  
HRMN 1006 Occupational Health and Safety 42
OCHS 1000 Accident Prevention and Risk Management 42
OCHS 1001 Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology 42
OCHS 1002 Emergency Response Planning and Fire Prevention 42
OCHS 1003 Disability Management, Ergonomics and Wellness 42
OCHS 1004 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems 42
 Total Hours252

Information contained in College documents respecting programs is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. The college reserves the right to add or delete programs, options, courses, timetables or campus locations subject to sufficient enrolment, and the availability of courses.  

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