Academics: OESM

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Will the Occupational and Environmental Safety Management (OESM program prepare you for a career?

Yes, you can apply for positions such as Safety Administrator, Safety Officer, Safety Specialist,
Environmental Technician, Safety Technician, and Safety Director.

OESM Technical Standards

Our program technical standards have been developed to help students understand the minimum essential mental, physical, and behavioral skills necessary for participation in and completion of all core aspects of our curriculum.

Occupational and Environmental Safety Management

View Program Information in the College Catalog [PDF]

Program Mission

The Occupational & Environmental Safety Management program's mission is to:

  • Provide the community with aff ordable, flexible, and up-to-date training on occupational and environmental safety and health.
  • Promote workplace health & safety and environmental protection through education and training.

Program Description

Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health is a growing field.

  • An October 2011 report from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Center for Disease Control and Prevention, predicted a shortage of trained safety and health professionals to fill the demand during the next five years.
  • A study by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that employment of safety & health practitioners should increase nine percent during the 2006 - 2016 decade.
  • The 2010 CNN Money magazine ranked the safety and health profession number twenty-two in its article “The 50 Best Jobs in America".

The two-year OESM program is designed to provide practical training in occupational and environmental safety and health. The curriculum off ers a broad background on safety and health program administration, workplace hazard recognition/evaluation/control, emergency preparedness, workers’ compensation principles, hazardous chemical risk assessment, and environmental management. Besides an Associate Degree, the program off ers a Certificate of Achievement in OESM.

Graduates from the OESM program are qualified to work as occupational safety and health inspectors, safety officers, and environmental technicians in governmental agencies and private industries including construction, healthcare, utilities, transportation, environmental management, insurance, education, etc.

Job placement opportunities are announced throughout the year.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the OESM program, students will be able to:

  • Recognize and evaluate workplace and environmental hazards
  • Recommend control measures and accident prevention strategies
  • Identify and apply appropriate OSHA/HIOSH and EPA regulatory requirements
  • Analyze proximate and root causes of work-related accidents
  • Develop a written accident prevention and safety management program
  • Conduct training and presentations on occupational/environmental safety & health topics
  • Exercise choices, explain reasons for choices, and analyze potential consequences when dealing with ethical dilemmas concerning health and safety professionals
  • Demonstrate necessary knowledge and skills for employment in the field of occupational and environmental safety and health

Program Prerequisites

  • "C" or higher in ENG 22/60 or ESL 23, OR Placement in ENG 100
  • "C" in MATH 25 or Placement in MATH 100/103/115

Degrees That Can Be Earned

  • Associate in Science (AS)
  • Certificate of Achievement (CA)

Cost of Textbooks/Supplies

The cost of supplies and textbooks is approximately $200-$400 per semester.

Gainful Employment Information

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Faculty & Staff

  • Chulee Grove, Professor, CC, Email, 845-9434
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