In the present economic climate, the human and financial costs of workplace accidents have increased to such an extent that they have become a negative factor in economic growth. Progressive companies and organizations are constantly looking for ways in which they can reduce costs and become more competitive. Due to recent changes in the Occupational Health & Safety Act and in the administration of Workers’ Compensation employer assessments, employers are becoming increasingly aware that an opportunity exists for them to significantly improve efficiency and profitability through a reduction of losses due to accidents and occupational disease. Employer due diligence requirements have been considerably expanded with the implementation of these recent legislative changes. Safety Engineering Technology (Post Diploma) Co-op utilizes a combination of engineering, physical and behavioural sciences to reduce and eliminate losses. The program consists of two academic terms which may be completed either full-time or part-time on a course credit basis. Completion of the Diploma also requires a cooperative education work term during which the learner conducts a comprehensive on-the-job identification, analysis and evaluation of the various stages necessary to initiate or upgrade an existing safety program. OBJECTIVES
A graduate of the Post Diploma in Safety Engineering Technology (Co-op), the graduate will have the knowledge and skill that will allow him/her to:
Understand the methods of recognition, evaluation and control of hazards to people, facilities, equipment and the environment.
Develop and implement programs, systems, procedures and techniques to reduce the losses associated with accidents and occupational disease in industry, government and the service sector.
Applicants must have graduated with a three-year diploma from a recognized college or a degree from a recognized University or Polytechnical Institute. Applicants who have graduated with a two-year diploma may also be accepted if they have significant (5 year minimum) progressive industry experience as a safety professional. CURRICULUM
The curriculum includes a series of theoretical and practical subjects oriented toward the technical and management aspects of Occupational Health and Safety. The subject matter consists of several fundamental courses in occupational health, safety and environment which are supplemented by in-depth specialized courses in such areas as Occupational Hygiene, Fire Protection, Risk Management and Systematic Safety Management. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Graduates are prepared to take a proactive approach to occupational health and safety management. They may find employment as Safety Coordinators, Loss Prevention Specialists, Occupational Health and Safety Officers, Safety Auditors and Consultants. Potential employment opportunities include health care, construction, waste management, oil and gas, manufacturing and government. TRANSFERABILITY
A number of courses in the Safety Engineering Technology (Post Diploma) Program can be used as credit toward other college programs. Learners will also be required to complete a number of non-credit co-op education seminars throughout the program (resume writing, job search skills and interview preparation).