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Occupational Safety & Health

Department Overview
Occupational Safety and Health professionals work to prevent accidents and health hazards to workers, the community, and the environment. They are employed in every industry, including public and private companies, as well as with physicians, engineers, and management teams to eliminate work-related injuries and illness. They also respond to emergency preparedness and homeland security issues.

Unique Program Text
For program and enrollment information, contact Darren Linker (253) 912-2399, dlinker@pierce.ctc.edu.

Program Outcomes
Associate in Occupational Safety and Health Technician

Students will:
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Collect data on work environments for on-going analysis that may predict risks and hazards and identify sources of exposure and/or contamination.
4. Conduct job site inspections and determine which areas may not be in compliance with State and Federal laws and/or employer policies.
5. 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.
6. Advise management on how to increase worker productivity through raising morale and reducing absenteeism and equipment downtime while savings on insurance, workers' comp. benefits, and litigation expenses by presenting cost effective safety and health prevention measures.
7. 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.
8. Maintain complete safety and health records as required by law and by company policy and preparing.

Course Listing

Course Listings for Occupational Safety & Health
OSH 100 - INTRO TO OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH
OSH 110 - SAFETY MANAGEMENT
OSH 140 - REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
OSH 150 - WORKERS COMP AND RISK MANAGEMENT
OSH 155 - SPECIAL - TRANSPORTATION SAFETY
OSH 160 - INCIDENT INVESTIGATION
OSH 170 - TRAINING TECHNIQUESGeneral Degree Requirement
OSH 190 - INDUSTRIAL SECURITY
OSH 220 - INDUSTRIAL HYGIENEGeneral Degree Requirement
OSH 230 - ERGONOMICS
OSH 240 - HANDLING HAZARDOUS MATERIALS
OSH 255 - SPEC TOPICS IN SAFETY AND HEALTH II
OSH 291 - OSH INTERNSHIPGeneral Degree RequirementPre-College & Prerequisite