Occupational Health & Safety

Occupational Health & Safety

Turn your concern for safety into a rewarding career developing and maintaining healthy and safe work environments.

Start Date:
1 Year
Certificate of Accomplishment
Full-time (In-class)
+Locations & Availability
September 2017 Institute of Technology Campus • Halifax  • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Marconi Campus • Sydney • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.

Program Overview

The Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) program can help you turn a real concern for safety into a rewarding career. Opportunities in this field are growing. If you enjoy practical hands-on problem solving, like working with and educating people or see yourself managing, collecting and interpreting data to identify trends and issues in the workplace and believe in promoting legislation, standards and best practices in OH&S, you are well-suited to a career in occupational health and safety.

Throughout the program you focus on what people do, analyze why they do it and then apply a research-supported intervention strategy to improve working environment conditions. As a graduate, you're well prepared to contribute to and lead the development and maintenance of a healthy and safe workplace.

i Student Highlights are comments provided by students about their experiences. Students also share information that they think will help future students learn more about the program. Highlights reflect individual experiences (which can vary by student).

Student Highlights

  1. 1
    Why Take It"The courses are very challenging, but once you get used to the quick pace of the program you become excited about solving OHS issues."
  2. 2
    Wish I Knew"Investigative skills are key in this program."
  3. 3
    Favourite"Knowing that I can make a difference in the safety field."

Admission Requirements

  • Post-secondary diploma or degree or High School Graduation Diploma, plus three years work experience after high school graduation in a related field such as industry, trades, health or human resources.

Program Requirements

  • A current, official Criminal Record check is required to complete work placements (such as field work, internships, co-ops) in this program. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to complete program requirements. Information on this process will be provided at the beginning of your program.

Choose NSCC

  • Industry Approved – This program was developed in partnership with the Workers' Compensation Board's Community Initiatives and Research Program to meet the real needs of employers.

Employment Opportunities

  • Demand for entry-level practitioners in the Occupational Health and Safety field in a variety of workplace settings, within the province and across Canada, is growing.
  • Graduates may find employment as Safety Supervisors, Safety Advisors and any safety system monitoring positions. Dependent upon your previous experience, these positions can vary from entry-level to mid-management.
  • Learn more about labour market information – visit Career Options.

Student Success

Other Info

  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment. This program is not offered at regular NSCC tuition.
  • You are required to submit a post-secondary transcript or a high school transcript and résumé, as supporting documents accompanying your application.
  • Important Abilities & Skills – Basic proficiency in Microsoft Word/PowerPoint, communication and research is recommended to be successful in this program. OH&S practitioners work as a part of a multi-disciplinary team. You're an effective team player with excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Safety Training – This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.
  • Industrial safety standards require that you have adequate vision and colour perception to operate safely, in the shop and in the field, while performing the tasks.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
OHSP 1000   Introduction to Occupational Health and Safety
OHSP 1001   Legal and Ethical Obligations
OHSP 1002   Causes and Effects of Loss
OHSP 1003   Loss Prevention
OHSP 1007   Managing OH&S
OHSP 1008   Ergonomics
OHSP 1009   Environmental Issues in the Workplace
OHSP 1010   Fire Prevention and Protection Planning
OHSP 1011   Occupational Health and Safety Program Development and Delivery
OHSP 1012   Work Experience
OHSP 1100   Technical Communications I
OHSP 2100   Technical Communications II
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

Additional Graduation Requirements

Certified Fall Arrest and Protection
College of Electrical Knowledge Program
Confined Space - Generic
H2s Alive (Hydrogen Sulphide Gas)
Introduction to Hazard Identification
Introduction to Lock Out / Tag Out
Introduction to Respiratory Protection
Portfolio Development
Practical Loss Control Program
Standard First Aid, CPR Level C

Next Steps

  1. 1

    Visit NSCC

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  2. 2

    Application Process

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