Progressive companies and organizations are constantly looking for ways in which they can reduce costs and become more competitive. They know that in the present economic climate, the human and financial costs of increased workplace incidents mean a negative factor for economic growth.
Adhering to the Occupational Health & Safety Act and Regulations, these employers are keenly aware that an opportunity exists for them to significantly improve efficiency and profitability through a reduction of losses from incidents and occupational disease. Employer due diligence requirements have been considerably expanded in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This Health & Safety Management (HSM) program utilizes a combination of engineering, physical sciences, and behavioural sciences to increase the opportunities for you to be a valuable part of reducing and eliminating losses in the workplace. The program consists of three academic terms, which may be completed through either full-time or part-time study. The third semester concentrates on providing a correlation between theory and safety project development through twelve (12) weeks of either a cooperative education work term or a work integrated safety project. With either option, learners can expect to conduct a comprehensive industry identification, analysis, and evaluation of the various stages necessary to initiate or upgrade an existing safety program.
Once you graduate and fulfill the requirements, you can choose to become a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP)
. This certification is offered through the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP), an accredited national body that sets certification standards for the occupational health and safety (OHS) profession. The HSM program is listed as an eligible OHS College program for BCRSP Certification.
Those with this training find work in such roles as safety specialists, health and safety engineers, risk managers, and inspectors, and other careers in OH&S. Having this training and these certifications and standards behind you will set you up for excellence and professionalism in the workplace, where you will be a huge part of promoting safety for your organization.
It's safe to say that you will be in high demand!
Did You Know?
- Competencies mapped against the 2020 Blueprint for the Canadian Registered Safety Professionals Examination (CRSPEX)
- Prepares for the CRSPEX and, if successful, provides CRSP certification, a highly regarded designation in the industry
- May be completed through either full-time or part-time study
- Increased demand for occupational health and safety professionals, particularly in the wake of the pandemic, as the Labour Market Information Council reported more than a 12% increase in occupational health and safety jobs for 2022.
- Employer due diligence requirements have been considerably expanded in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- When people feel valued, respected and satisfied in their jobs and work in safe, healthy environments, they are more likely to be more productive and committed to their work.
- Studies show that workplace injuries and illnesses cost the nation $26.8 billion a year.
Upon completion of the Health & Safety Management program, graduates will be able to:
1. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and skills required to recognize, evaluate, and control hazards to people, facilities, equipment, and the environment.
2. Develop and implement programs, systems, procedures, and techniques to reduce the losses associated with incidents and occupational disease in industry, government, health care, construction, and services sectors.
3. Work cooperatively within a safety project management team to design and implement safety management principles and applications that address predefined objectives.
4. Design and conduct exercises for various levels of training for safety engineering planners and coordinators.
5. Apply health and wellness principles, and techniques, to the workplace.
6. Demonstrate applied safety fundamentals and adhere to workplace safety law & ethics.
Applicants must have graduated with a university degree OR a minimum of a two-year college diploma from an institution recognized by College of the North Atlantic (OR a combination of other post-secondary work and industry experience acceptable to the college as an entrance requirement such as a Red Seal Journeyperson certificate with relevant industry experience).