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.