What to Expect
Students are provided with classroom and lab instruction plus applied learning opportunities in a variety of occupational settings. Advanced curriculum builds on strong technical skills, providing exposure to the many different facets of the OHS profession, including
- risk management
- construction safety
- occupational hygiene
- incident investigation
- emergency management
- hazard anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control
Additionally, students gain important “soft skills”, including how to:
- work independently and in teams
- prepare and present written and oral reports
- calculate, interpret and compile data into meaningful formats.
Course delivery is based on the lecture/lab model supported by field activities and guest lectures. Maximum class size is 32 students, with the exception of guest presentations. Students take on various occupational health and safety responsibilities and projects in business, industry, government, education and non-profit organizations.
Minimum Laptop Requirements (approximately $800)
- - 15.6 inch display- Intel i5
- - 2.0 GHz minimum- 8 GB RAM
- - 256 GB hard drive
- - Microsoft Windows
- - 8 GB USB 3.0 flash drive
- 1. Apple laptops are acceptable to use as long as students use Microsoft Office software.
- 2. Microsoft Office will be provided to students for free.
- 3. Microsoft OneDrive for Business will be provided to students for free.
Classroom & Study Hours
Students can expect to spend on average:
- 27 hours per week attending classes over the course of a semester.
- 27 hours per week studying and completing class assignments.
Is This Program For You?
To be successful, occupational health and safety professional must possess
- excellent oral and written communication skills
- excellent interpersonal skills
- mediation and conflict resolution skills
- the ability to manage multiple projects
- the ability to remain open-minded and objective
- good health and physical fitness
- the ability to lead and motivate workers and executives
- a willingness to do the reading required to keep up with new developments (e.g., in personal protection equipment, laws and regulations, research into correlations between worker illnesses and the materials to which they are exposed)
Although a Career Investigation Report is not required as part of the application process, to inform your decision on the fit of this program for you, we recommend that you conduct a career investigation. This research will help to ensure that you have understanding of the many different facets of the OHS Profession.
To conduct your career investigation we recommend that you interview a minimum of two individuals working as an OHS Professional in the field of OHS. Employment opportunities exist in a large variety of employment settings including: Construction, Oil and Gas, Energy Transmission, Transportation, Forestry, Petrochemical, Utility, Education, Government and Health.
Programs in NAIT’s School of Applied Sciences and Technology (SAST) prepare learners for in-demand, technical careers in the building science, natural resource, environmental management and design industries.
Our facilities provide our students with practical, job-ready experience using a variety of modern laboratory and field instruments, simulation and computer applications, along with work experience, field trips, applied research and other opportunities.
Our graduates gain the skills to ensure that our natural resources are used in an optimal way that is sustained for future generations. Their knowledge and technical expertise also allow them to engage in resource management activities without compromising the integrity or sustainability of the ecosystems in which they work.