This certificate program prepares students for entry level employment in the field of Occupational Health and Safety.
Employers in Ontario require professional staff who are knowledgeable about how to meet all regulations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and who can minimize the high costs associated with accidents, injuries and environmental compliance.
The Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP) accepts this credential as one of the education requirements required for eligibility for CRSP certification (Factor 1). Individual courses may also be eligible for CRSP professional development credit (Factor 2).
Applications for the CRSP certification received on or after July 1, 2018 will be required to have the following:
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Occupational health and safety professionals work in business, industry and government to develop systems that identify and control workplace hazards that may cause harm to people, equipment, material and the environment.
This program will benefit Occupational Health and Safety specialists working for small to medium sized employers, HR representatives, members of Joint Health and Safety Committees, (JHSC) and supervisors seeking a better understanding of health and safety issues and principles.
Graduates of the program may be employed in a wide range of industries including manufacturing, warehousing, construction and public services. Positions may include:
Ontario Secondary School Diploma OR Equivalent OR Mature Student Status.
This course covers the anticipation, recognition, evaluation and control of chemical, physical and biological hazards arising in or from the workplace. Workplace Hazardous Information System (WHMIS) and other relevant legislation are also included. You must achieve a grade of 60% to pass this course.
This course covers the various jurisdictions, how to locate specific OHS legislation, the interface between statutes, regulations, codes and standards, the obligations of employers and employees, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act and Regulations, filing claims, entitlement decision making, benefits, appeals and re-employment. You must achieve a grade of 60% to pass this course.
This course facilitates the development of analytical and evaluation skills required in the management of environmental issues. Students gain a better understanding of the complexity of environmental policies, legislation procedures, and familiarity with the implications and effects of environmental management strategies. The application and development of site inspections and program auditing are explored to assist in the recognition and analysis of potential environmental risks as they would apply in the development of an environmental management system. You must achieve a grade of 60% to pass this course.
This course can also be counted as one credit in the Environmental Management Certificate Program.
This course examines emerging trends and current management issues, concepts, and practices pertaining to the field of occupational health and safety. Discussion focuses on several functional characteristics within organizations that pose unique challenges for the practitioner attempting to effectively manage resources, both material and human. You must achieve a grade of 60% to pass this course.
This course provides students with specific knowledge related to fire and life safety. Topics include the chemistry and physics of fire, building design for life safety, and other aspects of fire and life safety. Applicable legislation related to fire and life safety is also covered. You must achieve a grade of 60% to pass this course.
An overview of ergonomics principles highlights basic worksite investigation and familiarization with basic principles relating to anatomy, biomechanics, physiology, manual material handling, cumulative trauma disorders, and office ergonomics. You must achieve a grade of 60% to pass this course.
However, it is recommended that students begin their studies with HRM701, Introduction to Human Resources Management, if they plan to pursue the Human Resources Management Graduate Certificate.
The student will explore the nature and dimensions of the regulation of health and safety in the workplace by government legislation as well as the role of agencies such as the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. In addition, the many positive health and safety initiatives made by proactive employers will be examined.
Upon successful completion of the 7 courses, students are eligible to request to graduate.
Note: Not all courses are offered each semester. Students may begin studies in any semester.
Upon successful completion of this program, the graduate will be able to:
Earn college credits for what you already know!
Prior Learning Assessment is a method of assessing and recognizing learning that is equal to college level learning, but has been gained outside a traditional classroom (through work experience, volunteering, outside study, etc.). If you can prove that the knowledge you have gained meets the outcomes of a Seneca course, then credit will be awarded.
How does the PLA process work?
Prior Learning is demonstrated through a "challenge" process. The process measures learning through a variety of methods which may include tests, portfolio assessment, interviews, demonstrations, essays, and work samples. The method used will be determined in consultation with a Program Coordinator.
For more information and to determine if you are eligible for PLA, please call the Program Coordinator.
The process may take from 6 to 8 weeks.
Note: Not all courses can be challenged. For more information go to PLA website or contact your Program Coordinator.
Many students who enter Seneca College will have earned academic credits in post-secondary educational institutions which they may be able to apply toward completion of a Seneca College program.
Requests for Transfer Credit must be for a specific course and must be accompanied by an official transcript and course outline. A minimum grade of "C" (60 percent) is generally required for a course to be considered for Transfer Credit.
Download a Transfer Credit Request form. An official copy of your transcript and applicable detailed course outlines should be attached and submitted. Please note it may take 4 to 6 weeks for a Transfer Credit decision.
Please visit the Degree and Credit Transfer Office.
If you meet all program requirements and become eligible for a Certificate, Diploma or Degree you must inform the Registrar by completing a Graduation Application form and paying the fee. Forms are available at the Registration office and online.
Certificates and diplomas are issued twice a year: Fall (October) and Spring (June). Graduation Application forms must be received no later than July 31 (for Fall Convocation), November 30 or March 31 (for Spring Convocation).
In order to graduate with this certificate, students must successfully complete all seven courses in the program within four years.
Students will only be eligible to graduate with a Seneca College certificate or diploma if they have maintained an overall good standing in their current program of study. Students in degree programs will be eligible to graduate when they have obtained an average of C (2.5 GPA) in courses in the main field of study, and an average of C (2.0 GPA) in all other courses.
A Faculty of Seneca College may recommended a student for a certificate, diploma or degree only after the student has earned a minimum of twenty-five percent of the credit for that program at Seneca.