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Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner

Every employer must meet the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations.  There is a demand for qualified and experienced occupational health and safety practitioners in every industry because employers are building their OH&S teams.

The Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Practitioner program offers two credential options: an applied certificate for those wanting to enter the field and a certificate for practitioners who want a more advanced level of education and  qualifications for a career in occupational health and safety.

Apply for the applied certificate if you:

  • want an entry level position in OH&S
  • have industry experience and want to ad occupational health and safety to your credentials
  • work as an OH&S practitioner and require one year post-secondary education to write the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) exam to become a professional
  • are a member of a working group and want to know more about OH&S
  • want to work in an OH&S department along with other OH&S professionals (specialist coordinator)
 

Apply for the certificate if you:

  • are a graduate of the applied certificate and want to further your education
  • have industry experience and want to add Occupational Health and safety to your credentials
  • want to study, prepare to write the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) exam
  • work in a one person OH&S department division
  • want a higher level position in OH&S department / division as a officer, superintendent, manager or supervisor

Graduates of the OH&S practitioner program learn the skills needed to provide knowledgeable advice that employers need to develop, implement and evaluate company safety management systems. Graduates will learn how to create effective teams, communicate effectively and coach employees to work safely.

When you add an OH&S certificate and the CRSP designation to your current education and experience you have an added advantage as a job seeker. The Saskatchewan Polytechnic OH&S certificate courses will help you to prepare to write the CRSP exam. Students are also encouraged to take additional safety training courses throughout their career to stay current in the field. Students should gear their education to employer job postings.

Additional skills needed: good computer skills (typing, Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint), good organization and problem solving skills, excellent verbal and written communication skills, a passion for preventing workplace injury and compassion for others.

The applied certificate is offered through part-time distance online courses as well as full-time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus in Saskatoon. The certificate is offered as print-based or online distance courses plus two face-to-face train-the-trainer courses. The certificate includes all applied certificate courses.


You will be introduced to accident/incident investigation, which is a critical tool in preventing accident reoccurrence and worker injury and illness in the realm of occupational health and safety. You will study investigation theories and procedures and by the end of the course, you will be able to put these procedures into practice enhancing your role as a safety professional.

Additional costs: Text(s) and required materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 3, 2017 - March 25, 2017
Registration deadline: January 3, 2017
Register Online
$615.00OnlineCRN: 201603-166
Your studies will focus on both internal and external audit processes from initial planning through to completion. The course will include an overview of why auditing is needed. Specific topics covered include audit criteria, steps for planning and conducting the audit, as well as reporting and follow-up on corrective actions. A variety of audit strategies will be used throughout the course to enhance your learning.

Prerequisites: Occupational Health and Safety Programming (HLTH 181), Practicum (PRAC 189), Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner Applied Certificate


Additional costs: Text(s) and required materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
March 27, 2017 - June 17, 2017
Registration deadline: March 27, 2017
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$615.00OnlineCRN: 201604-32
You will examine interpersonal communications theory and its application in the workplace (including conflict resolution, teamwork and positive political skills). You will develop research and report writing skills as well as practice conducting a meeting and resolving conflict.

Additional costs: Text(s) and required materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 3, 2017 - March 10, 2017
Registration deadline: January 3, 2017
Register Online
$615.00OnlineCRN: 201603-162
March 27, 2017 - June 2, 2017
Registration deadline: March 27, 2017
Register Online
$615.00OnlineCRN: 201604-25
Your studies will focus on safety systems and their relationship to contractors. Most organizations require contractor services at some point in time, and you will explore how to manage these contractors and sub contractors within your safety management system. Specific topics covered include legislated roles and responsibilities of employers, contractors and supervisors; requirements for a safety management system; and Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) relationship with contractors.

Additional costs: Text(s) and required materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
March 27, 2017 - June 16, 2017
Registration deadline: March 27, 2017
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$615.00OnlineCRN: 201604-30
You will be introduced to disability management as a key essential component of an occupational health and safety program. Disability management starts at the time of illness or injury and continues until the individual has recovered and returned to work. In this course, you will acquire knowledge and skill to develop and implement a disability management program including Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) claims information and return to work plans.

Additional costs: Text(s) and required materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
March 27, 2017 - June 16, 2017
Registration deadline: March 27, 2017
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$615.00OnlineCRN: 201603-841
You will focus on the principles of ergonomics to examine the ergonomic factors that impact the human body. You will investigate the relationship between the human body and machines and review basic computer and industrial settings. You will further explore ergonomic programming, training and communication strategies to complete basic ergonomic assessments in your workplace.

Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 3, 2017 - March 25, 2017
Registration deadline: January 3, 2017
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$615.00OnlineCRN: 201603-167
Your studies will focus on applying current concepts, principles, and practices involved in the evaluation, control, prevention, reduction and elimination of fire hazards, resulting in the protection of workers and workplaces. Specific topics include the chemistry of fire, causes of fire, fire detection and suppression systems, legislated codes and regulations, emergency preparedness plans, and stakeholder responsibilities.

Additional costs: Text(s) and required materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
March 27, 2017 - June 16, 2017
Registration deadline: March 27, 2017
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$615.00OnlineCRN: 201604-31
You will be introduced to the basic principles of industrial hygiene, sometimes referred to as occupational hygiene. You will be prepared to anticipate, recognize, evaluate and control workplace hazards. Specific topics include occupational contamination, chemical, biological and radiation hazards, occupational disease and injuries.

This course currently has no offerings.

You will learn to anticipate, recognize, evaluate and control noise, thermal, ergonomics, and respiratory hazards. You will have the opportunity to become familiar with sampling techniques and equipment.

Prerequisites: Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene 1 (HLTH 188)


Additional costs: Text(s) and required materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 3, 2017 - March 25, 2017
Registration deadline: January 3, 2017
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$615.00OnlineCRN: 201603-165
March 27, 2017 - June 16, 2017
Registration deadline: March 27, 2017
Register Online
$615.00OnlineCRN: 201604-83
You will learn to develop an organizational health and safety program and manual. Opportunity to practice evaluating, revising and implementing guidelines and programs will enhance your ability to determine prevention strategies and corrective action plans.

Prerequisites: Principles and Practices of Adult Learning (EDUC 182), Risk Analysis and Hazard Control (HLTH 180)


Additional costs: Text(s) and required materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 3, 2017 - March 10, 2017
Registration deadline: January 3, 2017
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$615.00OnlineCRN: 201603-164
March 27, 2017 - June 2, 2017
Registration deadline: March 27, 2017
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$615.00OnlineCRN: 201604-27
Your studies will focus on how to best assist employers and their workers through changes and challenges in the realm of occupational health and safety. You will also focus on improving your personal leadership qualities to assist you in recognizing how principles of organizational behaviour and leadership style can be used to capitalize on the strengths and weaknesses in any occupational health and safety management system. If you are interested in taking this course on campus in the evening, please notify the program head and Registration Services.

This course currently has no offerings.

You will preceptor with an occupational health and safety professional. This experience will allow you to apply the theory and skills you learned in previous courses in a work environment. Course takes place on location. Students are responsible for all costs associated with the practicum which may include but not limited to accommodations, meals, and travel.

Prerequisites: Communication Strategies (PCOM 180), Principles and Practices of Adult Learning (EDUC 182), Risk Analysis and Hazard Control (HLTH 180), CPR / First Aid, TDG, and WHMIS


Additional costs: Personal protection equipment for jobsite
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
November 21, 2016 - November 25, 2016
Registration deadline: October 10, 2016
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$490.00ClinicalCRN: 201602-168
June 5, 2017 - June 9, 2017
Registration deadline: April 24, 2017
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$490.00ClinicalCRN: 201604-28
Using the principles of adult learning, your studies will focus on the characteristics of adult learners and approaches to use while educating them in occupational health and safety concepts. Developing a professional portfolio will support you in creating a personal continuing education plan for occupational health and safety.

Additional costs: Text(s) and required materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 3, 2017 - March 10, 2017
Registration deadline: January 3, 2017
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$615.00OnlineCRN: 201603-163
You will examine the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Z94.4-11 standard and Saskatchewan legislation related to respiratory fit testing. You will examine the implementation of the standard in the workplace by occupational health and safety practitioners. You will also have an opportunity to practice both qualitative and quantitative fit testing. You will be trained as a respiratory fit tester and be able to fit test other employees at your worksite. This course does not cover respirators required for Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health (IDLH) or oxygen deficient atmospheres.

Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
November 29, 2016 - November 30, 2016
Tue, Wed - 8:00 am-4:30 pm
Registration deadline: November 29, 2016
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$415.00SaskatoonCRN: 201602-2314
April 24, 2017 - April 25, 2017
Mon, Tue - 8:00 am-4:30 pm
Registration deadline: April 17, 2017
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$415.00SaskatoonCRN: 201603-2263
Organizational culture and behaviour directly impact the effectiveness of an occupational health and safety system. Your studies will focus on corporate culture, organizational behaviour, risk analysis and hazard identification. Critical thinking skills, problem solving abilities, monitoring strategies and control recommendations will be emphasized.

Prerequisites: Safety Systems (SFTY 191)


Additional costs: Text(s) and required materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 3, 2017 - March 10, 2017
Registration deadline: January 3, 2017
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$615.00OnlineCRN: 201603-161
March 27, 2017 - June 2, 2017
Registration deadline: March 27, 2017
Register Online
$615.00OnlineCRN: 201604-24
Your studies will focus on an overview of occupational health and safety systems. You will examine societal and organizational aspects, core principles, essential elements and a variety of legislation.

Prerequisites: can be taken concurrently


Additional costs: Text(s) and required materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 3, 2017 - March 10, 2017
Registration deadline: January 3, 2017
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$615.00OnlineCRN: 201603-160
Your studies will focus on the preparation required to educate workers on the basic requirements for road transport. You will learn about the requirements for transporting and handling dangerous goods. Specific topics include legislative requirements, classification criteria, shipping documentation process, required signage, exemptions, and spill reporting requirements.

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: Must have a valid Transportation of Dangerous Goods General (TDG) Certificate Note: Employer specific TDG training is not acceptable. Training comparable to Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Con-Ed offering of TRAN 1800 (4 hour training) is acceptable


(Includes course materials)
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
December 1, 2016 - December 2, 2016
Thu, Fri - 8:00 am-4:30 pm
Registration deadline: November 25, 2016
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$415.00SaskatoonCRN: 201602-2323
April 3, 2017 - April 4, 2017
Mon, Tue - 8:00 am-4:30 pm
Registration deadline: March 27, 2017
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$415.00SaskatoonCRN: 201603-2255
Your studies will focus on the preparation required to successfully facilitate in-house workplace hazardous materials information system (WHMIS) sessions for front line workers. You will learn about relevant legislation including requirements of worker training, controlled product classification, and required documentation and labelling. You will also develop skills to design specific workplace training sessions.

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: Must have a valid WHMIS Certificate Note: Employer specific WHMIS training is not acceptable. Training comparable to Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Con-Ed offering of WHMS 1800 (4 hour training) is acceptable.


(includes course materials)
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
December 5, 2016 - December 6, 2016
Mon, Tue - 8:00 am-4:30 pm
Registration deadline: December 2, 2016
Register Online
$415.00SaskatoonCRN: 201602-2312
March 27, 2017 - March 28, 2017
Mon, Tue - 8:00 am-4:30 pm
Registration deadline: March 20, 2017
Register Online
$415.00SaskatoonCRN: 201603-2254
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