Western Continuing Studies

A Career in Occupational Health and Safety Leads to many Opportunities


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Western's practical approach gives grads a competitive edge!

The great thing about pursuing a career in occupational health and safety (OHS) is that there are opportunities in almost every industry.

Western Continuing Studies Diploma in OccupationalHealth and Safety Management (OHSM) prepares students for careers in the public and private sectors, such as health care, education, manufacturing, governments of all levels, oil and gas and construction.

“Health and safety is an exciting and growing profession that combines both health care and business management,” says Nicole Tate-Hill, program manager of diplomas at Western Continuing Studies.

“The program is the perfect balance of theoretical and practical experience, with eight months in class and four months in a work placement.”

Students of this program learn about workplace hazards and prevention.

“We equip students with the tools they need to pursue a career in the area of OHS that they find most interesting and fulfilling,” says Tate-Hill.

All of Western’s OHSM courses are taught by industry experts, and students are provided with the most up-to-date processes, procedures, standards and information.

They leave the program with a thorough understanding of OHS legislation combined with the skills to meet and exceed the vocational expectations of an occupational health and safety specialist.

All of their assignments are based upon tasks and duties they’ll be expected to perform when they begin their career.

“The most exciting part of studying OHSM here at Western Continuing Studies is that you can really see a practical application for every assignment you submit; for every in class activity you participate in or online discussion you contribute to, you see how it will apply to your career,” says Tate-Hill.

By the time students complete the OHSM program, they have the specialized skills, knowledge and experience to differentiate themselves in the job search process.

Western also offers online courses which are open to health and safety professionals wanting to take individual courses for professional development.

Update your education to stay current with trends

Occupational health and safety management is a key element to any organization and it needs to be done correctly within a certain set of laws and regulations.

“Managing is about coordinating and executing a plan that requires working with people as well as systems,” says Daniel Curts, instructor in the occupational health and safety program at Western Continuing Studies, and senior technical specialist, 3M personal safety division, 3M Canada Corporate Labs.

“Managing (Occupational Health and Environmental Services) requires knowledge of the laws that surround these subjects as well as the systems and parameters that each company has.”

Curts says individuals working in health, safety and the environment (HSE) always have a need to be current on trends within HSE as well as regulatory and guideline changes.

“The task of staying current is an ongoing challenge and can be made even more difficult by the regular job or career workload,” says Curts.

“The Western program helps answer some of those challenges by keeping their HSE courses fresh and including real work experiences in the curriculum to make the learning experience meaningful to the students including those who are already practising professionals.”

At Western, there are several aspects of the program that make this school appealing to students.

“First is the depth of subject matter,” says Curts.

“There are a number of courses related to health, safety and the environment that are structured to give students a very good grounding in the legal and ethical aspects of HSE as well as the practical and financial considerations.”

The professors at Western are all practicing HSE professionals, which allows for more in-depth discussions than just textbook information. Another benefit of these courses is the flexibility.

Online courses allow individuals with work commitments or other life priorities to still pursue advanced knowledge in HSE on a schedule that matches their time availability as well as their global location.

Online OHS Courses

Introduction to Occupational Health and Safety Legislation

Occupational Hygiene

Introduction to Environmental Issues for Occupational Health and Safety

Accident Prevention and Investigation

Risk Assessment and Analysis

Introduction to Toxicology for Occupational Health and Safety Management

Introduction to WSIB

Ergonomics for Occupational Health and Safety

Communication in Occupational Health and Safety



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This article was originally published in Metro, July 8, 2014. p 12-13