Occupational Health & Safety Management - 060

Mohawk College Certificate
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Occupational Health and Safety professionals are committed to promoting and supporting health and safety activities in all levels of their organizations. This program will help students develop or enhance their knowledge and expertise in workplace health and safety. From advising on health and safety requirements, to supporting Health and Safety Committees, interpreting OH&S act and regulations, and conducting accident/incident investigations, the program covers many facets of workplace health and safety.

Learning from industry professionals, this certificate explores the fundamentals of Occupational Health & Safety, including Fire Safety, Hazard Assessment, Health and Safety Program Development, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act and more. These courses will equip students with broader legal and technical knowledge to function effectively in their occupation, and prepare them to complete a written occupational health and safety policy and maintain a program to implement that policy, including defining health and safety objectives and developing policies and procedures.

Many of the courses are delivered in an online format to suit the schedules of working professionals. Developed for supervisors, safety coordinators, occupational health nurses, Joint Health and Safety Committees members and others, this certificate will prepare students to take on an exciting career in Occupational Health & Safety.

You do not need to apply to begin this program, simply ensure you meet the admission requirements (listed on the Admissions & Registration tab).

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  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) OR 19 years of age or older.

You do not need to apply to begin this program. Start by ensuring you meet the admission requirements listed above and then register for the courses listed in the Program of Studies when they are offered.  Some courses have prerequisites, so please check the Program of Studies for details. Find out how to register for a course.

The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the 2018/19 academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion contact Continuing Education - Technology and Skills.

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A selection of courses are available each term. Courses that are currently not available (N/A) for registration may be offered in the future – check back frequently.

Mandatory Courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: This is an introductory course in occupational (or industrial) hygiene. The basic principles of recognition evaluation and control of chemical and physical hazards in the workplace are emphasized throughout the course. Topics include basic definitions and concepts of occupational hygiene, toxicology (how substances enter and affect the body), exposure measurement, exposure control strategies, such as ventilation, occupational health law and information sources. Specific chemical and physical hazards include solvents, metals, dusts, radiation, heat stress and noise.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: SAFE10078
Course description: Examine the particular toxicity mechanisms involved in each of the major organs or systems, including the toxicity and hazards of substances that are liable to produce adverse health effects on humans. Assess risk, the establishment of exposure levels, and the requirement for biological monitoring derived from workplace experience and animal testing protocols.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: ENVR10022
Course description: The student will be introduced to the concept of designing the job and workplace to fit the workers' characteristics (anatomical, physiological and psychological), so that both job effectiveness and well-being are enhanced. Topics include work physiology (energy expenditure, workload), biomechanics (posture and lifting), anthropometry (human dimensions) and information processing/behaviour (control/display design, training, job design).
Credits: 3
Equivalents: SAFE10045
Course description: Discuss application and interpretation of requirements within the following Ontario health and safety legislation: the Occupational Health and Safety Act; Regulation for Industrial Establishments, Construction Regulation, Health Care Regulation, Regulation for Mines and Mining Plants; WHMIS Regulation, Designated Substance Regulation, Regulation for Control of Biological and Chemical Agents; Noise Regulation, Confined Space Regulation.
Credits: 3
Course description: Study practical aspects of recognizing, assessment and controlling workplace hazards. Topics include: legal responsibilities, inspection techniques, control strategies and training programs.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: SAFEOH107
Course description: This course starts with the basics of fire in terms of chemistry and physics. The behavior of fire is examined and the methods of extinguishment are also looked at. Fire protection and life safety are examined in all types of structures through the interpretation and use of relevant codes such as the Ontario Building Code and the Ontario Fire Code.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: SAFE10071 or SAFEOH303
Course description: Accident prevention is a key component of an occupational health and safety program. This course will improve participants' interaction and communication skills and provide an understanding of hazard assessment, identification and evaluation, emergency procedures, and the criteria for implementing and managing an effective occupational health and safety program. The role of the safety professional is also addressed.
Credits: 3
Course description: Demonstrate a working knowledge of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act in Ontario with a special focus on accident prevention. Review practical skills, techniques and strategies that are immediately applicable to the workplace. Examine and apply the fundamental issues of work-related disability management, employer and worker obligations, health and safety, and injury prevention as it relates to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: LAWSOH307 or SAFE10077