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Associate in Occupational Safety and Health Technician

Program Outcomes

  • Prevent harm to workers, property, the environment and the general public by identifying hazardous conditions and practices and implementing alternative practices and/or corrective measures.
  • Promote occupational health and safety within organizations by communicating to workers and management about risks and hazards and training workers how to prevent risks and hazards and how to protect themselves while performing various job-related tasks.
  • Collect data on work environments for ongoing analysis that may predict risks and hazards and identify sources of exposure and/or contamination.
  • Conduct job site inspections and determine which areas may not be in compliance with State and Federal laws and/or employer policies.
  • Design programs to control, eliminate and prevent disease or injury caused by chemical, physical, radiological and biological agents or ergonomic factors as well as prepare an emergency response plan.
  • Advise management on how to increase worker productivity through raising morale and reducing absenteeism and equipment downtime while saving on insurance, workers' comp. benefits, and litigation expenses by presenting cost effective safety and health prevention measures.
  • Respond to an accident or incident by utilizing emergency response plans, investigating the event, assisting the worker(s) with immediate and long term rehabilitation with a focus on returning to work and by promoting corrective action to prevent a similar incident from happening again.
  • Maintain complete safety and health records as required by law and by company policy and preparing.

Core Abilities Outcomes

Critical, Creative, and Reflective Thinking

Graduates will evaluate, analyze, and synthesize information and ideas in order to construct informed, meaningful, and justifiable conclusions.


Graduates will be able to critically examine the relationship between self, community, and/or environments, and to evaluate and articulate potential impacts and consequences of choices, actions, and contributions for the creation of sustainable systems.

Information Competency

Graduates will be able to seek, find, evaluate and use information and employ information technology to engage in lifelong learning.

Effective Communication

Graduates will be able to exchange messages in a variety of contexts using multiple methods.


Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of diverse ideas, cultures, and experiences, and develop the ability to examine their own attitudes and assumptions in order to understand and work with others who differ from themselves.

Fundamental Areas of Knowledge Outcomes


Graduates identify, analyze, and evaluate rhetorical strategies in one's own and other's writing in order to communicate effectively.


Graduates acquire skills to critically interpret, analyze and evaluate forms of human expression, and create and perform as an expression of the human experience.

Social Sciences

Graduates use social science research methods and/or theory in order to analyze and interpret social phenomena.

Natural Sciences

Graduates use the scientific method to analyze natural phenomena and acquire skills to evaluate authenticity of data/information relative to the natural world.

Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning

Graduates utilize mathematical, symbolic, logical, graphical, geometric, or statistical analysis for the interpretation and solution of problems in the natural world and human society.