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Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner

We're transitioning to a new registration system. If you're looking for a course that starts after July 1, 2017 visit saskpolytech.ca/part-time-studies.

As of July 1st, 2017 the Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner program will become the Occupational Health and Safety program and offer a certificate credential. The new certificate offering will be available to students on campus and online with courses starting in September 2017. Seating capacity for both the on-campus and online course offerings is 30 per course. To apply into either the distance or on-campus program, click here. Please check back for more information as it becomes available on the changes to the program, courses offered, start dates and much more. Information will also be updated and available on our FAQ file. Please check back for more information as it becomes available on the changes to the program, courses offered, start dates and much more. Information will also be updated and available on our FAQ file.

For more information contact Nolan Horbach, program head at 306-659-4083 or nolan.horbach@saskpolytech.ca.

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 certificate if you:

  • have industry experience and want to add occupational health and safety to your credentials
  • 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
  • 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
  • want a higher level position in OH&S department / division as an 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.


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 Practitioner Applied Certificate


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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: CPR / First Aid, TDG, and WHMIS


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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.

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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.

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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


This course currently has no offerings.

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