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Occupational Health and Safety Management

1 year full time - September - August

In Class or Online + practicum

Admission requirements: Undergraduate degree in health sciences, management and organizational studies, or related field.

$7500 + ancillary fees

OSAP eligible

Application deadline: Mar 1; non-Western and Interanational Applicants and Mar 31; current Western students and Western Alumni


Occupational Health and Safety Management
Program Overview

Working for private and public sector organizations, occupational health and safety managers keep employees safe and ensure their work environment is a healthy one. Managing the occupational health and safety function in the workplace requires an understanding of a broad range of areas, including legislation, workplace hazards and occupational illnesses, evaluation and control techniques, and managing and promoting workplace safety and wellness. Occupational health and safety must be placed within the context of the organization; understanding how organizations are structured and behave is an important component of occupational health and safety, as is an understanding of business skills, and the ability to apply strong analytical and communication skills.The ideal candidate has an undergraduate degree in health sciences, engineering, environmental science, management and organizational studies (or a related field) and is a critical thinker looking to combine their interests in health and working with people.

What you will learn

At the completion of this diploma, students will:

•Be knowledgable of major health and safety legislation in Canada, and Ontario in particular, including its need, importance to stakeholders and its underlying principles
• Understand WSIB
• Have the ability to Anticipate, recognize, evaluate and control workplace stresses that affect the health of workers
• Familiarize with types of waste, including legislation around handling and disposal
• Understand legislation around transportation of dangerous goods
• Versed in common environmental emissions, and generic management strategies to predict, report and control them
• Be knowledgable of ergonomics principles, hazards and mechanisms of injury in the workplace
• Be capable of performing basic ergonomics assessments
• Utilize documentation and reporting requirements
• Recognize and develop prevention strategies and processes
• Development, initiation, completion and analysis of a workplace risk assessment program
• Understand how to conduct a Risk Assessment and Analysis
• Develop researching and analyzing skills pertinent to toxicological information on workplace hazards
• Understand communication for OHSM

What to Expect

Occupational Health and Safety Management is a 12 month full time in class or online program. Courses are taught and developed by industry professionals to connect theory to practice. Through the program students should develop a professional network, unique skills, and a portfolio of projects they will use throughout their career. This is a competitive program with limited enrolment. With small classes, students should be prepared to actively participate and contribute to class discussions.


September - December: In Class at Citi Plaza
January – April: In Class at Citi Plaza
May – August: Practicum based on student’s geographic preference


Once accepted a student is required to maintain and overall average of 70% with no single grade below 60%.


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