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In the occupational health and safety (OHS) field, getting certified by a respected organization proves your skills and opens up more job opportunities.
But navigating all the different credentials available in Canada can be really challenging.
If you’re considering alternatives to a four-year health and safety degree, you may be looking into college-level health and safety programs. In this case, understanding your path to certification is crucial.
The field of occupational health and safety (OHS) revolves around keeping people safe in the workplace.
OHS professionals focus on identifying and minimizing risks to people’s health, safety, and well-being.
They inspect work sites, enforce health and safety legislation, and make sure employees and managers are following proper procedures.
They also develop policies, deliver training, and implement programs to promote a culture of safety and wellness.
Occupational health and safety is often associated with sectors like construction and manufacturing, but it has much broader applications. OHS professionals can be found in every industry.
Keep reading to learn what OHS is all about and what career options exist in this field.
The goal of health and safety officer training is to produce graduates who know how to keep people safe in the workplace.
Occupational health and safety officers are responsible for inspecting work sites and making sure regulations are followed.
They help develop health and safety procedures, deliver training, and follow up on claims and complaints.
A good training program will prepare you to handle all of those challenges.
But what can you expect in class? What will you actually learn?
In this post, we detail the top 5 core skills covered in a quality health and safety officer training program.
Photo: OHS instructor Navin Homenauth
Occupational health and safety (OHS) has moved into the spotlight lately, as organizations race to implement new regulations and safety measures against Covid-19.
But even before the pandemic, there's been rising concern about workplace safety in Ontario. With accidents and injuries on the rise, both government and private industry are investing in better OHS programs.
There's growing demand for health and safety professionals at all levels, from entry-level to management.
Navin Homenauth started in the industry over 10 years ago, working in many different OHS roles, creating and implementing safety programs for a variety of organizations.
Last year, he started teaching the OHS diploma program at Herzing College Toronto. We interviewed him this week to learn more about the training and latest industry trends.
Navin walked us through Herzing's program, explained what to expect in class, and typical jobs for new graduates.
Read on to meet the instructor and get an inside look at the career.
Occupational health and safety (OHS) professionals are in hot demand these days. In the age of COVID, keeping people safe at work has never been so important.
So you're smart to be thinking about getting into the OHS field.
But before you sign up for a program, you need to understand some basic details about this training and career path.
That means things like what skills you need, what kinds of jobs you could get, and how much money you could make.
You should also understand your training options and how to choose a quality OHS program.
In this post, we cover all of that and more.
Here are 7 things you need to know before enrolling in health and safety training.
Photo: Health and safety officers conduct a workplace inspection to ensure OHS regulations are being followed
Occupational health and safety (OHS) training focuses on keeping people safe on the job. Students learn how to conduct assessments and develop policies to make sure work environments are safe and healthy.
OHS expert and Herzing instructor Andrew Pugachev says the job involves identifying and avoiding problems.
"Occupational health and safety officers inspect workplaces for health hazards and develop strategies to control risk. They make sure management is following health and safety laws, investigate accidents, injuries, and complaints—and create programs to ensure continuous improvement."
An increased focus on workplace safety means more employment opportunities are opening up in this field. A government report indicates employment growth in this sector in many parts of Canada.
So the job opportunities are out there. But if you're looking to take advantage of them, it's important to understand the different health and safety training options so you can choose the path that's best for you.
This post explains the similarities and differences between OHS degrees and diplomas. It also describes some key factors you should consider when making your choice.
Andrew Pugachev, Occupational Health & Safety instructor, Herzing College Winnipeg
In 2017, almost 1000 Canadians died on the job. That's an increase of 46 people from the previous year. And 23 of those workers were very young—between the ages of 15-24 (Association of Workers' Compensation Boards of Canada)
Earlier this year, the CBC reported that these numbers don't even come close to reflecting the true extent of work-related deaths in Canada.
The CBC cites a new study called Work-related Deaths in Canada, which reveals those stats from the Worker's Compensation Boards only include approved compensation claims.
The study authors estimate the "true number of workplace deaths are 10 times greater than official numbers."
So, what are we doing to reduce these fatalities, and other job-related illnesses and injuries?
Enter Andrew Pugachev: expert in workplace safety, and instructor for Herzing's Occupational Health and Safety Officer program.
A career in workplace health and safety can be incredibly rewarding.
This field focuses on preventing accidents and injuries on job sites, which is valuable and meaningful work.
Plus, the health and safety industry is growing fast and offers a wide variety of job opportunities.
But like any career, working in health and safety comes with challenges and downsides. What should you know in advance, before you start down this path?
In this post, we break down the most common pros and cons of a career in workplace health and safety.
We'll give you a clearer understanding of what this role is about, so you can decide if it's right for you. Let's get started.
Occupational health and safety (OHS) is a fast-growing field in Canada. Long before Covid-19 pushed workplace safety into the spotlight, we have been striving to reduce work-related accidents, injuries, and deaths.
This is what OHS is all about: protecting the physical and psychological wellness of people at work.
Ontario has clearly defined occupational health and safety laws—regulations both business owners and employees must follow.
Unfortunately, not all employers and workers understand or comply with these rules.
This is why skilled health and safety officers are in such high demand. These professionals ensure companies are following the law, and they provide training and strategies to improve workplace safety.
Considering a career in OHS? Her are the steps to become a certified occupational health and safety officer, plus helpful information on skills and careers.