Occupational Safety and Health

College-Approved Certificate (7 courses) Part-time On Campus
Program Code: 6203X02PWO Academic Year: 2016/2017

This program is listed under the following fields of study:

Other Delivery Options

Part-time Online

Our Program

Concerned about the safety of people at work and the related workplace hazards? This College Certificate program provides students with knowledge, skills and solid training in the theories and practices of occupational safety and health. In addition to the fundamentals, students learn the management skills required to help them gain the ability to oversee workplace safety programs.

To qualify for this certificate, you must complete the program within four years.

Fees & Expenses

Fees for part-time programs are charged on a course-by-course basis and are published on each individual course page. For questions related to fees, please call the Registrar's Office at 613-727-0002.

Graduation Fee

Once you have completed all the courses in the program, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the Registrar's Office to obtain a certificate/diploma application. A graduation fee of $40 will be charged when the application is submitted. When your certificate/diploma application has been approved, you will be invited to Spring or Fall Convocation.

Admission Requirements

College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).
College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).


  • Students must achieve a passing grade of 60% in each course to be successful in the program.
  • This program is also offered part-time online.
  • OHS4010 Health and Safety Program Management is only offered in class. Students may take MGT2396 Occupational Health and Safety online through Online Learning as an acceptable substitute for OHS4010.
  • Some students may want to explore whether they qualify for Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition PLAR. Credits earned through PLAR may help to reduce the amount of time required to earn a credential or reduce the cost of education.
  • This program is also offered online. For more information about this delivery option, please go to our website.
CCOL Academic Planner

The Academic Planner provides registered part-time students in the Centre for Continuing and Online Learning (CCOL) the ability to declare into a program of study. The Academic Planner outlines successfully completed courses to date, as well as courses that need to be completed in order to meet graduation requirements. It is therefore, essential that all part-time students in CCOL declare to their program of study, allowing administrators to plan course offerings. The tool is available on ACSIS, located under 'Continuing Education' on the left-hand toolbar.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Coordinator Mike Gillissie at gillism@algonquincollege.com or 613-727-4723 ext. 6357.


Online:Online Learning   On campus: On Campus
HoursCourse NameWinter
SAF540245.0Industrial HygieneOnline Learning
SAF000145.0Legislation for Health and SafetyOnline Learning On Campus
SAF540945.0Environmental Management - an IntroductionOnline Learning On Campus
MGT560230.0Management Labour Concerns in Occupational Health and SafetyOnline Learning Blank Icon
FIR844145.0Fire ProtectionOnline Learning Blank Icon
OHS400542.0ErgonomicsOnline Learning Blank Icon
OHS401045.0Health and Safety Program ManagementBlank Icon On Campus


SAF5402 Industrial Hygiene

Workplace safety encompasses the anticipation, recognition, evaluation and control of chemical, physical and biological hazards arising in or from the workplace. Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) and other relevant legislation are explored.

SAF0001 Legislation for Health and Safety

Understanding the various jurisdictions is foundational to occupational health and safety. Students learn to locate specific legislation, the interface between the statutes, regulations, codes and standards. The obligations of employers and of employees are discussed, as is the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act and Regulations, filing claims, entitlement decision making, benefits, appeals and re-employment.

SAF5409 Environmental Management - an Introduction

The development of analytical and evaluation skills is required in the management of environmental issues. Students are exposed to environmental policies, legislation procedures, and become familiar 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.

MGT5602 Management Labour Concerns in Occupational Health and Safety

Emerging trends and current management issues, concepts, and practices pertaining to the field of occupational health and safety are examined. Students focus on several functional characteristics within organizations that pose unique challenges for the practitioner attempting to effectively manage resources, both material and human.

FIR8441 Fire Protection

The risk of fire is a threat to health, safety and the delivery of services. Students learn specific information 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.

OHS4005 Ergonomics

An overview of ergonomic principles highlights basic worksite investigation and familiarization with basic principles relating to anatomy, biomechanics, physiology, manual material handling, cumulative trauma disorders and office ergonomics.

OHS4010 Health and Safety Program Management

The setup and administration of a workplace health and safety program requires specific knowledge and skills. Students learn to develop program standards and objectives, employee orientation and training programs, record-keeping and perform data analysis. Purchasing and engineering controls, health and safety promotion, program evaluation, occupational health services, applications of management theory and techniques to OHS and special problems and solutions are also discussed.