Students will acquire a deeper understanding of safety management in general and explore several health and safety topics in more depth. Several business courses are included to enable students to increase their knowledge of the business side of safety.
Delivery: online. See details.
This program builds upon the knowledge and skills students acquired in the Associate Certificate in Foundations in Occupational Health and Safety program.
Completion of this program after the Associate Certificate in Foundations in Occupational Health and Safety program will allow graduates to meet the educational requirements for certification as a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP).
Note: In alignment with public health orders, this program requires that students be vaccinated for a number of communicable diseases – including COVID-19.
Ongoing throughout the year.
- Post-secondary education: completion of the Associate Certificate in Foundations in Occupational Health and Safety.
Recommended for success
To be successful in this program, students are recommended to have the following:
- High school graduation
- English language proficiency
- Five years or more of work experience
- Computer skills
- A passion for:
- creating safe work environments for others
- interacting directly with people at all levels and positions
- working in a dynamic and demanding work environment
This program is available to international applicants who will complete the program from outside Canada or who currently have a valid status in Canada other than a study permit. International applicants accepted into this program are not eligible for a study permit.
Declaring your Flexible Learning (Part-time Studies) program ensures that BCIT is aware of your intent to complete a program as it is currently outlined and provides you the opportunity to apply for transfer credit.
To submit your declaration:
- Answer all questions completely.
- If required, convert transcripts and documents to PDF files.
- Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.
Upon approval, a program plan letter will be sent to you confirming your program of study. Please allow approximately eight weeks for processing.
Ongoing Flexible Learning (Part-time Studies) intakes: January, April, and September.
Flexible Learning (Part-time Studies) tuition is charged on a course-by-course basis. Please see the Flexible Learning Tuition & Fees pages for more information:
Books & supplies
Several courses require textbooks in addition to the online course content. The overall cost for the program will depend upon which elective courses are taken.
Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.
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|1. Required OCHS courses: (20 credits)||Credits|
Safety System Analysis
This course develops student ability to objectively analyze (audit) the effectiveness of an organization's occupational health and safety program and overall safety system. Explores several measurement and analysis tools and investigates various approaches used to determine safety program effectiveness. Explains and contrasts compliance analyses and best practice analyses. Describes several methods of designing and administering review criteria, questionnaires, perception surveys, interviews, and a final report. You analyze either the workplace inspection component or the safety committee component of a safety program at an organization of your choice. Plan to spend about twelve hours at the workplace you choose. You observe the work and the work environment, review documents, administer a questionnaire, and conduct interviews. You present the results of your component analysis in a final report.
Workplace Hazards and Controls 3
This is the final and most advanced course in the Workplace Hazards and Controls series. The course is effectively divided into two sections. In the first section the student is introduced to OHS systems in a number of industry sectors (petroleum, forestry, railway, aviation, etc.) and to several advanced OHS topics (arc flash, traffic control). In the second section the student is introduced to the practice of full scope risk management. Risk management topics covered include loss categories and the relationship between loss control and risk financing in the practice of risk management.
Covers human factors in the scientific study of people at work. Emphasizes strategies and techniques for improving worker safety, health, efficiency, and comfort. Discusses recent trends in the ergonomics field, including the physical working environment, adaptation of tools and the workplace to the worker, equipment design, impacts on productivity, and the importance of involving workers and management in all ergonomics program efforts.
Disability Case Management
Focuses on return to work options and opportunities for workers who have suffered injuries. Introduces the integrated case management team concept. Although often considered a cost reduction tool, demonstrates how the integrated team approach can be designed to ensure the dignity and well-being of the injured worker. Module topics include an overview of injury management, rehabilitation and return to work, legislation policies and ethics, collective agreement considerations, basics of assessment and treatment, negotiation skills, case studies, and development of a practical injury management plan for the workplace.
This theory course introduces the concepts of recognizing, identifying, monitoring, evaluation, and recommending control measures for common chemical and physical hazards in the workplace. Discusses the benefits of implementing an occuptional hygiene program. Explores a wide range of hygiene topics including permissible levels, exposure limits, radiation, temperature and pressure extremes, asbestos contamination, and ventilation design.
Fire Safety Planning
This course is designed for those who would like to take on the role of a fire safety practitioner. Topics include fire codes and laws and how to apply fire safety concepts to the workplace and safe building construction. The principles of fire chemistry and how these relate to fire management are examined. Fire safety, detection, control, inspection and safety assessments are addressed. Participants will develop skills related to advising on the development or revision of Fire Safety Programs. The course then explores fire safety training and how to develop, design and deliver safety training. Finally, participants will examine how to conduct a post-fire investigation.
|2. Required Business courses: (7 credits)||Credits|
Introduction to Business
Introduces the external forces in the business environment and the resulting implications for organizations. Examines the place of business in BC and Canada. Focus is on the issues arising from government policies, economics, ethics, social environment, forms of businesses, and the basic components of business operations.
Principles of Management
Presents both traditional and contemporary perspectives of modern management examining management and management roles in teams, projects, departments and the organization as a whole. Strategic planning, operational planning, leading, organizing and controlling for performance will be addressed. Through actual business scenarios, cases and exercises, participants gain experience in decision-making and applying theory to real world organizations.
|3. Complete a minimum of 10.0 credits from the following list of OCHS electives:||Credits|
BC OHS Legislation
Explores the provincial OH&S legislation in BC governed by the BC Workers Compensation Act and the Workers Compensation Board Occupational Health & Safety Regulation. The history of BC legislation and how it has evolved sets the tone for discussions on the current legislative system, its enforcement and recent trends toward prosecution. Introduces the BC WCB structure, mandate policies, and procedures. Learning activities revolve around applying key regulations and sections of the Act to the workplace. Students must obtain a copy of the BC legislation or have access to it via the BC WCB's website.
This course introduces the Canadian legal system including its development, and elements such as constitutional law, the Charter, torts, contracts, and business relationships. Emphasis is on the importance of business law to occupational health and safety and application by the OH&S professional.
Emergency Preparedness and Response
Focuses on the reduction of the effects of disasters through established and proven workplace emergency plans, procedures, and training. Evaluates the issues that arise prior to, during, and immediately following an emergency, as well as the long-range recovery challenges that follow. Discusses the development of an emergency response team and its implications. Includes an overview of community and government disaster services.
Occupational Hygiene Lab
This one-week laboratory session provides hands-on training in the calibration and use of occupational hygiene equipment. The small class size ensures that all students can participate in practical exercises with the equipment. Conducts hygiene monitoring on the BCIT campus in Burnaby, BC.
Provides an overview of occupational diseases and their causes, prevalence, and prevention. Occupational health is defined as a multi-disciplinary approach to the recognition, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control of work-related diseases and injuries. One module introduces how to set up and lead an occupational health program. Discusses respiratory, skin, liver, and kidney disorders. Explores occupational diseases of the nervous system and reproductive system, as well as those related to biological and physical agent exposures. A module on occupational cancer addresses this timely and controversial workplace concern.
Fire Safety Systems
Explores fire detection and suppression. Includes fire detection systems, portable fire extinguishers, automatic sprinkler systems, fire, smoke, and heat alarms, and fire annunciation panels. Discusses the specific detection and suppression issues of chemical, heating, and electrical hazards. Describes the firefighter's role in prevention and suppression.
Examines environmental law in Canada and explores current trends including air, water and soil quality, municipal and hazardous waste management, and the environmental assessment process. Explores in-depth the current environmental issues, with an emphasis on Canadian industries. Also discusses the roles and impact of the media, partisan politics, and the public.
CRSP Exam Preparation
Designed to help develop a personal learning plan to prepare for the Canadian Registered Safety Professional examination. One course module outlines the application, examination, and registration processes. Encourages you to evaluate your competencies in each of the exam domains and determine your readiness to write the exam. Also includes a series of exam preparation and writing techniques. Identifies additional reference sources and links for students who need to study a particular topic in more depth.
|4. Complete a minimum of 3.0 credits from the following list of Business electives:||Credits|
Provides an in-depth review of the skills required for a high performing team. This hands-on course allows students to participate in each of the stages of team development. Specific application of teamwork skills includes decision-making and conflict resolution, with real life application to a variety of organizations for performance improvement.
Managing Conflict in the Workplace
This highly interactive course is designed to identify and manage conflict in the workplace. Case studies, role playing and student experiences will contribute to the development of a specific body of knowledge for contemporary managers. This course may be eligible for students to receive funding through the StrongerBC Future Skills Grant at www.bcit.ca/financial-aid/strongerbc-future-skills-grant. Students register themselves into the course, then apply for the StrongerBC Future Skills Grant to cover payment, if eligible.
Leadership 1 - People Skills
A dynamic course for new or aspiring supervisors. Students develop strong interpersonal skills and increase their awareness of the importance of people skills in today's organizations. Students develop critical core inter-personal skills along with individual performance through group interactions, role playing, lectures and practice sessions.
Human Resource Management Fundamentals
This course covers theory, practice and standard programs employed by human resource management practitioners in today’s private sector business, government and other organizations. The course covers the major human resource management functions with some emphasis on applied knowledge. Recommended for all persons interested in general management, HR management, and/or supervision. This course may be eligible for students to receive funding through the StrongerBC Future Skills Grant at www.bcit.ca/financial-aid/strongerbc-future-skills-grant. Students register themselves into the course, then apply for the StrongerBC Future Skills Grant to cover payment, if eligible.
Labour Relations 1
A necessary skill set in today's world - designed for those involved in, or associated with labour relations as management or union. Covers the collective bargaining process and day-to-day contract administration. Related laws, typical contract clauses, grievance procedures, responsibilities of the supervisor and the shop steward, and current activities in the labour relations field. Students will learn to approach their responsibilities for matters covered by collective agreements with more confidence and expertise. This course may be eligible for students to receive funding through the StrongerBC Future Skills Grant at www.bcit.ca/financial-aid/strongerbc-future-skills-grant. Students register themselves into the course, then apply for the StrongerBC Future Skills Grant to cover payment, if eligible.
Project Management Essentials
This course teaches students a variety of skills including project definition, WBS, SOW, activity development, network diagrams, three-time estimate method to assess risk and schedule a project, resource levelling, time cost trade-offs and estimating, earned value, reporting and progress measurement during project, project termination and the role of project personnel. This course is based on the Project Management Institute (PMI)® Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) and can be used as credit towards the BCIT Associate Certificate in Project Management www.bcit.ca/study/programs/5085acert. PMI® and PMBOK® are trademarks of PMI® This course may be eligible for students to receive funding through the StrongerBC Future Skills Grant at www.bcit.ca/financial-aid/strongerbc-future-skills-grant. Students register themselves into the course, then apply for the StrongerBC Future Skills Grant to cover payment, if eligible.
This course presents the study of factors that either influence or are influenced by people at work. Focuses on macro factors such as organizational structure, technology and environment; group factors such as group dynamics, leadership, conflict, change and decision-making; and individual factors such as personality, attitudes, perception and motivation. This course may be eligible for students to receive funding through the StrongerBC Future Skills Grant at www.bcit.ca/financial-aid/strongerbc-future-skills-grant. Students register themselves into the course, then apply for the StrongerBC Future Skills Grant to cover payment, if eligible.
Develops personal problem-solving skills, with emphasis on role playing, teamwork and analysis by students acting in a variety of supervisory/management situations. Participant have the opportunity to practice skills that will enhance their effectiveness in working with people. These skills include effective listening, assertive communication and conflict resolution. Upon completion of the course, students should have a clear appreciation of the interpersonal skills required for effective supervision and management.
Managing Organizational Change
This is an introductory course in Organizational Change. Students gain an understanding of the concept of change, the necessity for change and an awareness of the impact on change to organizations and individuals. The course also highlights the ways in which change can be successfully brought about in an organization and how to become a successful change agent.
|5. Complete a minimum of 5.0 credits from the OCHS or Business electives above, or as approved by the Program Head.|
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Student have seven years to complete the program requirements. Most students should be able to complete the program in two to five years.
All OCHS courses have a passing grade of 60% and consist of two assignments and two exams. Business courses have a passing grade of 50%.
Online: This program is delivered fully online.Registration is course-by-course each term.
Occupational Health and Safety program matrix
If you began the Occupational Health and Safety program prior to January 2022, please refer to the Occupational Health and Safety Program Matrix [PDF].
Courses are offered through distance and online learning.
Apply for graduation
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for BCIT Credential [PDF] and submit it to Student Information and Enrolment Services.
Allow approximately six to eight weeks for processing.
All financial obligations to the Institute must be met prior to issuance of any credential.
David Wood – Program Head
Bobby Sidhu – Instructor
Nicky Land – Program Assistant
Kathy White – Program Assistant (Exams)
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