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.

  General Specific
Thinking Skills Appropriately apply regulations and professional guidelines to evaluate and manage workplace and environmental health and safety.
  • Read textbooks and handouts.
  • Read and interpret federal, state and local laws and regulations.
  • Paraphrase OSHA/HIOSH standards.
  • Identify pertinent laws and regulations addressing health and safety issues.
  • Analyze causes and effects of workplace and environmental health and safety conditions.
  • Search for resources using the Internet.
  • Visualize three-dimensional objects from pictures or descriptions.
  • Recognize toxic materials and other harmful agents.
  • Explain concepts and techniques of inspections.
  • Follow procedures for inspection and accident investigation.
  • Use mathematical formulas and equations.
  • Propose controls for workplace/industrial health and safety hazards.
  • Discuss the principles and techniques of workers’ compensation management.
  • Examine physical, chemical, and biological hazards.
  • Classify industrial hygiene monitoring instruments and their uses.
  • Perform emergency response procedures for chemical and physical exposures in industrial and field settings.
  • Develop written safety programs in compliance with HIOSH standards.
Sensory/Observation Skills Make independent observations and assessments of health and safety conditions.
  • Scan environment for indicators of hazardous conditions.
  • Read meters, gauges, and other monitoring devices.
  • Recognize warning signs and labels.
  • Distinguish identifying colors, shapes, and forms of objects and materials.
  • Recognize clues of potential chemical exposure.
  • Select appropriate materials, tools and equipment to control hazards.
  • Investigate accidents.
Motor Skills Possess sufficient physical strength, flexibility, and dexterity to participate in field activities.
  • Travel to various work sites.
  • Practice emergency response skills.
  • Don personal protective equipment.
  • Participate in outdoor hands-on field training in hazard analysis, site control and evaluation.
  • Conduct on-site inspections of facilities.
  • Use environmental monitoring instruments.
  • Maintain regular attendance in field training activities.
  • Diagram accident scenes.
  • Photograph accident scenes.
Communication Skills Communicate effectively to gather and convey information.
  • Obtain necessary information from oral and written sources.
  • Express information coherently.
  • Conduct training sessions and oral presentations in class.
  • Interview employees.
  • Document information accurately.
Behavioral Skills Behave appropriately and safely in a shared learning environment.
  • Work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Work cooperatively with partners and groups.
  • Follow through with individual and shared responsibilities.
  • Exercise good judgement.
  • Follow safety procedures.
  • Conduct oneself according to professional and ethical standards of the field.
Environmental Tolerance Function safely in classroom and outdoor field training activities.
  • Work for prolonged periods exposed to: Artificial lighting, Air conditioning, Heat, Dust, Various noise levels

Disability Accommodations

We have developed our technical standards in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. We will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified students with disabilities. If you are interested in our program, we encourage you to review these technical standards and course information at to decide whether this program is right for you.

If you have questions about this program, please call the Honolulu CC Counseling Office at 845-9129. Individuals with hearing impairments may call 845-9270 (v/t) or use the Telecommunication Relay Service at 1-877-447-5990.

If you have questions about disability access and accommodations, please direct them to Honolulu CC's Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) at 845-9282 (v/t), 845-9272 (v/t), or e-mail accesshcc-l@lists.hawaii.edu