All Occupational-health-and-safety Posts

Meet the Instructor & Explore the OHS Diploma at Herzing College Toronto

Apr 28, 2021 11:52:35 AM

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.

Health and Safety Training: 7 Things to Know Before You Start

Apr 15, 2021 1:22:41 PM

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.

Health and Safety Training: Diploma Versus Degree

Feb 25, 2021 1:28:52 PM

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.

Health and Safety Program: Meet the Instructor, Explore the Training

Feb 18, 2021 10:07:04 AM

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.

How to Choose a Good OHS Diploma Program: 6 Tips for New Students

Feb 12, 2021 10:47:28 AM

Considering becoming an occupational health and safety officer? OHS professionals play a key role in preventing workplace accidents, injuries, and deaths. 

Every employer in Canada must follow health and safety laws to ensure workers are protected while performing their duties.

This includes everything from physical safety to environmental issues, emergency procedures, and emotional well-being.

Health and safety officers help enforce these laws by performing audits and inspections. They also work closely with companies to reduce risks, deliver safety training, and investigate accidents. 

If you want to work in this field, you need comprehensive OHS training that leads to national certification. 

Your first step? Selecting a quality OHS diploma program.

In this post, we'll walk you through 6 key features of a trustworthy OHS program.

Training that includes these attributes will put you on track to a successful career in workplace health and safety.

Pros and Cons of a Career in Workplace Health and Safety

Jan 29, 2021 1:58:18 PM

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.

How Do You Become a Certified Health and Safety Officer in Canada?

Oct 27, 2020 1:40:35 PM

Occupational health and safety (OHSis 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.

Covid-19 Spikes Demand for Health and Safety Professionals in Ontario

Oct 16, 2020 1:56:50 PM

A health and safety worker screens employees for Covid-19 symptoms before they enter the building

There is no doubt about it: the Covid-19 pandemic has caused massive changes in how we work, especially when it comes to workplace health and safety.  

From mandatory masks and temperature screening, to plexiglass partitions and work-from-home orders. Businesses across the planet are racing to revise their occupational health and safety (OHS) policies. 

8 Reasons Occupational Health & Safety is a Good Career Choice

Sep 4, 2020 9:25:16 AM

Updated November 2020

Occupational health and safety (OHS) is a broad industry, which focuses on the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of people at work. 

This field includes all aspects of worker health. From workplace harassment to fire prevention; ergonomics to emergency evacuation procedures. 

OHS professionals are responsible for assessing risks, developing health and safety plans, and delivering training to staff members and management. 

It’s an incredibly important role, dedicated to protecting lives and helping teams respond appropriately when emergencies strike. 

Considering training to become an OHS professional? Take a look at 8 reasons occupational health and safety is a good career choice. 

4 Popular Health and Safety Certifications for People Without Degrees

Jun 9, 2020 9:45:13 AM

The Canadian occupational health and safety (OHS) industry is filled with certifications, designations, health and safety diplomas and degrees. 

If you’re new to the field, navigating all these different credentials can be really challenging. For example, in the field of health and safety, there are key differences between a certificate and a certification, and between a certification and a designation

Some safety jobs require at least a bachelor degree, some need a masters, while others call for only a certificate or diploma.

If you’re considering alternatives to a 4-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. 

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