Prepare for a career in occupational health and safety, preventing accidents and health hazards in the workplace, the community and the environment. Choose from a certificate, technician or associate’s degree program.
Occupational Safety and Health Pathway
Occupational Safety and Health professionals work to prevent accidents and health hazards to workers, the community, and the environment. They are employed in every industry, including public and private companies, as well as with physicians, engineers, and management teams to eliminate work-related injuries and illness. They also respond to emergency preparedness and homeland security issues.
The core curriculum in this program includes courses in:
- Safety and accident prevention
- Safety management
- Regulatory environment
- Workers compensation and risk management
- Incident investigation
- Industrial security
- Handling hazardous materials
- Industrial hygiene
- Training techniques/adult education
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Students are advised to take a skills assessment test through the Pierce College testing center.
Generally, requirements for the certificate option can be completed in one year, while the associate's degree option takes about two years to complete.
This unique degree was developed as a joint program between Pierce College and Edmonds Community College. All courses are offered online to accommodate students' busy lives and schedules.
The U.S. Department of Labor expects a 9 to 17 percent job growth through 2014 for occupational safety and health technicians. This field is a great move for people currently employed and seeking advancement in their career. There is also a need for beginning professionals to fill a variety of jobs in this field.