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Occupational Health and Safety

Program Outline 

The Occupational Health and Safety option focuses on injury and disease prevention in the workplace. The course curriculum prepares students for a wide variety of occupations, including work in all major employment sectors: manufacturing, retail, transportation, forestry, mining, construction, petrochemical, and agricultural. In addition, many graduates may also find work in the public sector with municipalities, school boards, and public utilities, as well as private occupational health and safety consulting firms.

Students will learn to anticipate, evaluate, and control a wide variety of health risks including chemical, biological, and stress-related hazards arising from a wide variety of occupations.

Program studies also prepare students for a number of professional certificates they may choose to pursue after graduation, such as the Registered Occupational Hygienist (ROH) or Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP).

Curriculum Outline

The curriculum was designed around seven major themes that are key to understanding and managing health and safety practices in the workplace:

  • epidemiology and disease processes
  • safety systems and accident theory
  • management and law
  • health research methods
  • occupational hygiene and toxicology
  • risk assessment and communication
  • health education, promotion, and planning.