Prepare to become a compliance specialist in worker health and safety, as well as environmental protection. Employment opportunities exist in both the public and private sectors.
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The new Health, Safety and Environmental Compliance program focuses on workplace compliance, including labour, inspection and auditing, public and worker safety, and environmental protection. The program provides a unique, comprehensive combination of training in all aspects of health and safety as well as environmental compliance - a definite hiring asset.
In Ontario, the Ministry of Labour sets, communicates and enforces workplace standards regarding worker protection. Additionally, the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change protects and improves the quality of the environment to keep it healthy and protect human health and safety. Private industry and municipal governments also employ compliance specialists.
Graduates will be prepared to find employment in a wide range of jobs, within provincial and federal enforcement, or the private sector, ensuring that legislative obligations in occupational safety and environmental protection are met.
This program is officially recognized by the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP). Eligible graduates of this program can write the exam to become accredited as a Certified Registered Safety Technician (CRST). Learn more here.
In second semester, you will undertake an applied project examining a specific industry, including work hazards, accident rates, and training programs for employees to increase personal safety. In this culminating project, you will design a safety program and submit a report with a full training module.
You will also take a 40-hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) course. This widely-recognized training is a requirement for many jobs in North America.
Students entering the program in September may apply to participate in an optional paid co-op. The deadline to apply is at the end of November, where students must submit an Application Form (including a resume) to the Co-op Office. Students must achieve a 70% (2.5 GPA) average, and pass all courses in Semester 1 in order to be enrolled in the Co-op Option. Students who are accepted will participate in a Career Preparation course, and will do their co-op between semesters 2 and 3. The Co-op Option provides the opportunity to:
The Co-op Option is not available for students who begin the program in January, as they attend classes over the summer.
Please note:In addition to paying tuition and fees for 2 semesters of study, students participating in the co-op pay a co-op fee (approximately $558.00) for administrative costs associated with the co-op work term.
Canadian Business recently published an article on "Canada’s Best Jobs" ranking Health and Occupation Inspector as number 11 on the top 100 jobs list. The median salary is listed as $70,720. The article states: "The projections for a growing workforce in this field looks promising through 2022, with 1.47 predicted jobs for every worker."
Since there is no other academic program offering this comprehensive training, graduates are expected to be in high demand. Due diligence, worker protection, media attention, increased WSIB costs and increased public scrutiny have led to job creation in this field. Employment growth is expected to continue due to:
Many jobs are situated in urban areas. Depending upon the position, you may be required to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.
The program runs over two semesters, each 15-weeks in length.
Upon successful completion of this certificate, graduates will be able to:
To be successful in this program and career you should possess:
Yes, as long as the applicant qualifies through prior education or experience they apply to the program. It is very important to note that the foundation of this course is built upon Provincial Statutes (Ontario laws) that would not have direct application in other countries or jurisdictions.
The primary focus of this program is to place graduates in enforcement positions with agencies that work with environmental or health and safety-based legislation. These same skills however will make graduates quite attractive to larger private and public sector employers, assisting them in maintaining their own programs to ensure compliance.
This is the first program of its kind in Ontario. Faculty members are industry professionals with a combined experience of over 100 years. Graduates will leave with a unique set of skills to make them very competitive in the current market.
Jobs are typically located in urban centres with starting salaries ranging from $50k-$75k per year.
Applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis but the threshold to apply without prior post-secondary education is extremely high. An applicant would have to demonstrate significant, relevant work experience to be considered for admission. For applicants hoping to pursue an environmental career, job prospects will be severely limited without relevant education.
Full-time enrolment is mandatory at this time. There is no part-time or distance education study option. Much of the work requires the physical application of the training (such as mock investigations, court etc.) and the various courses share common elements that are delivered concurrently.
Students should expect approximately 20-24 hours of in-class time per week, plus significant independent and group work to be done away from the classroom. Class times will be spread evenly throughout the week and late afternoon or early evening classes are to be expected.
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) is currently accepting applications for the 2021 Chad Bradley Scholarship Award. This $3,000 scholarship is open to women enrolled in post-secondary education who are pursuing careers in the field of occupational health and safety from an accredited college or university in Canada, including Fleming's Health, Safety and Environmental Compliance program.
Full details are available here: www.ccohs.ca/scholarships.
Students applying to Health, Safety and Environmental Compliance (Optional Co-op) must meet the following requirements: