Occupational Health and Safety

Diploma of Health and Human Sciences

Duration: 5 semesters plus 7 week field placement


Academy Canada is pleased to announce that our OHS program has been given Gold Seal Accreditation by the National Gold Seal Committee of the Canadian Construction Association (CCA). Graduates of our OHS program will automatically receive 25 credits towards the CCA’s Construction Safety Coordinator designation. This accreditation will be acknowledged on the CCA’s Gold Seal Website, http://www.goldsealcertification.com.

Academy Canada offers a Diploma of Health and Human Sciences in Occupational Health and Safety in partnership with Don Sayers and Associates.

Don Sayers and Associates (DSA) are Occupational Health and Safety Professionals and Educators. Their educational materials are Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals recognized as meeting academic requirements for registration.

DSA are also in partnership with the University of Fredericton and Occupational Health and Safety, Canada. We are delighted to work closely with DSA in providing quality Occupational Health and Safety education.

To learn more about the Occupational Health and Safety program, please call Academy Canada at 1-800-561-8000!

Program Description

Academy Canada’s Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) program responds to the growing demand for employees in the area of health and safety. Graduates will be able to: interpret OHS legislation, develop OHS/Loss-Control Programs, conduct audits and inspections of existing OHS and environmental programs, and design and deliver effective OHS training programs for workers.

The OHS Program meets the formal education requirements for certification with the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP). There are other criteria graduates must meet to become eligible to register for BCRSP certification; your admissions officer can provide more information on this topic.

Topics to be covered

  • Fundamentals of Ergonomics
  • Industrial Safety Techniques and Technology
  • OHS Law and Professional Practice
  • OHSE Auditing Principals and Techniques
  • Fire Safety Techniques
  • Management and Organizational Behaviour
  • Accident Causation and Investigation
  • Risk Assessment
  • Effective Workplace Training
  • Due Diligence and Compliance
  • Total Quality Management
  • Approaches to Safety Management
  • Occupational Hygiene and Office Ergonomics
  • Workplace Wellness
  • Program Ownership and Motivation
  • Environmental Management Foundations
  • Environmental Management Applications
  • Emergency Planning
  • Introduction to Law
  • Probability and Statistics Fundamentals
  • Word Processing Comprehensive
  • Spreadsheets
  • Health and Safety Committee Training
  • Business Communications (Written)
  • Critical Incident Stress Debriefing
  • Fall Protection Certification Training
  • Confined Space Entry Certification Training
  • Standard First Aid
  • Powerline Hazards
  • Lockout/Tagout
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System
  • Soft Tissue Injury: Back Injury Prevention
  • Disability Management
  • Work Term

Please note: Courses within this program have been leased from Don Sayers & Associates.

Opportunity for Advanced Standing Towards Cape Breton University Bachelor of Health Sciences (Public Health)

Graduates of Academy Canada’s Occupational Health and Safety program have an opportunity to apply for advanced standing towards Cape Breton University’s Bachelor of Health Sciences (Public Health) degree program. For more information, please visit our news story "Academy Canada Signs Second Articulation Agreement with Cape Breton University" at http://www.academycanada.com/about-academy-canada/accreditations-and-partnerships/academy-canada-and-cape-breton-university#occupational-health-and-safety.

Employment Opportunities

Upon successful completion of the OHS Program, graduates are eligible to work in a variety of positions such as Occupational Health and Safety Officers, Safety Coordinators, Safety Inspectors, Compliance Officers, Safety Auditors, Safety Advisors, Safety Managers and Safety Consultants, depending on specific hiring practices. OHS employment opportunities exist with government and private industry.

OHS employment opportunities exist with government and private industry.

Please click here for additional labour market information.

Entrance Requirements

High School Diploma or Equivalent

High School Graduates or equivalent are eligible for admission to the OHS program. Students must complete an application form and provide a copy of High School, Adult Basic Education, or G.E.D. results. Under certain circumstances, students who do not meet the formal High School requirements may be accepted upon recommendation from a High School Principal or Guidance Counsellor. Please contact an Admissions Officer for further details.

Mature Students

Mature students are eligible for admission to the OHS program. These students must be 19 years of age or older, complete an application form, provide a copy of most recent marks, and write a Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT) as arranged by Academy Canada.

Specific Requirements

Students must submit a Certificate of Conduct from their local Police Department.

Certificate of Conduct: Students must acquire a Certificate of Conduct for admission into this program. Students are solely accountable for any offences not uncovered by the investigation which may preclude the student from subsequent work terms or employment.

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For further information, please contact an Admissions Officer at 1-800-561-8000 or visit the information request page.

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Program start dates are subject to sufficient enrollment.

Academy Canada reserves the right to modify any programs, courses, topics, objectives, etc.


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