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Occupational Health and Safety

Occupational Health and Safety

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

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Typical Length:
2 Years
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Institute of Technology Campus • Halifax Full time • In-class Waitlist


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.

Admission requirements

  • Undergraduate degree, diploma 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.
    • You're required to submit a post-secondary transcript or a high school transcript and résumé, as supporting documents accompanying your application.
    • International students – Submit your official post-secondary documents for assessment. View English language requirements by country

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.
  • Standard First Aid, CPR Level A
  • H2S Alive
  • Confined Space Entry Certification
  • 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.

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end, or throughout the duration, of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • This program is eligible for an optional cooperative education (co-op) credit course between year one and two.
  • Co-op provides an opportunity for paid, full-time work placements that last 12 to 16 weeks.
  • Our co-op program follows Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) guidelines.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Career options

  • 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.

Choose NSCC

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

Other info

  • Additional skills and abilities, including math, reading and workplace skills, are essential for your success in Trades and Technology programs. See the Trades and Technology Preparation Checklist (PDF 23KB).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
COMM 1300   Professional OHSE Communications I
COMM 1301   Professional OHSE Communications II
COMP 2112   Applied Spreadsheets
EMER 1003   Business Continuity Planning I
EMER 1006   Leadership and Influence
EMER 1013   Business Continuity Planning II
MATH 1080   Math and Statistics for OHSE
MGMT 1010   Organizational Behaviour
MGMT 3050   Project Management
OHSE 1100   Work Experience
OHSE 1500   OHSE Fundamentals
OHSE 1510   Risk Management I
OHSE 1511   Risk Management II
OHSE 1520   Health and Wellness in the Workplace
OHSE 1550   Legal and Ethical Obligations
OHSE 1560   Training and Development Practice
OHSE 1570   Occupational Hygiene
OHSE 1600   OHSE Auditing
OHSE 1610   Quality Management for OHSE
OHSE 1650   Disability Management Fundamentals
OHSE 1660   Environmental Management for OHSE
OHSE 2000   Applied Project
OHSE 2100   Work Experience II
OHSP 1008   Ergonomics
OHSP 1010   Fire Prevention and Protection Planning
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SAFE 1020   Introduction to Confined Space
SAFE 1021   Introduction to Hazard Identification
SAFE 1023   Introduction to Lock Out/Tag Out
SAFE 1024   Introduction to Respiratory Protection
SAFE 1025   Certified Fall Arrest and Protection
SAFE 1037   Scaffolding Awareness
SAFE 1041   Introduction to Electrical and Powerline Hazards
SAFE 1042   Introduction to Forklift Safety
SAFE 1043   Introduction to Power Elevated Work Platform Safety
SAFE 1046   Introduction to Best Rigging Practices
SAFE 1230   Incident Command
SAFE 1250   Trenching Hazard Awareness
SAFE 1270   Transportation of Dangerous Goods

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