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Occupational Health & Safety Schools and Colleges

Many occupational health and safety technicians learn their trade from formal training and work experience. These specialists are usually responsible for ensuring worksites are free of safety hazards. For example, a safety technician could be responsible for periodically inspecting worksites for potential hazards. These healthcare workers typically complete on-the-job training where they learn how to identify hazards and conduct safety tests.

Students still in high school interested in an occupational health and safety technician career should take physics, biology, chemistry, math, and English courses.

Vocational and community colleges offer safety technician associate’s degree or certificate programs. Students earning degrees in this field are required to complete courses in respiratory protection, hazardous material storage and handling protocols, and safety communication. Many programs permit students to complete online courses.

Occupational health and safety technicians often specialize in multiple fields. Technicians who’ve completed formal training learn about safety laws and procedures during school, and they obtain additional on-the-job training after being hired.

Occupational health and safety technicians interested in specialization must complete a bachelor’s or graduate degree program.

Occupational health and safety technicians are not required to become certified, but most organizations that hire them prefer it. The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) administers technician certification programs.

To qualify for certification, technicians must be formally educated or possess 3 years of applicable work experience at a minimum. All applicants are required to pass an examination.

Below are listed colleges and universities that offer occupational health and safety training programs.
  • California State University: Fresno
    5241 North Maple Avenue
    Fresno, CA 93740
    (559) 278-4240
    www.csufresno.edu

  • Central Washington University
    400 East University Way
    Ellensburg, WA 98926
    (509) 963-1111
    www.cwu.edu

  • Durham Technical Community College
    1637 Lawson Street
    Durham, NC 27703
    (919) 536-7200
    www.durhamtech.edu

  • Grand Valley State University
    1 Campus Drive
    Allendale, MI 49401
    (616) 331-5000
    www.gvsu.edu

  • Illinois State University
    Admissions, Campus Box 2200
    Normal, IL 61790
    (309) 438-2111
    www.ilstu.edu

  • Itawamba Community College
    602 West Hill Street
    Fulton, MS 38843
    (662) 862-8000
    www.iccms.edu

  • Laredo Community College
    West End Washington Street
    Laredo, TX 78040
    (956) 722-0521
    www.laredo.edu

  • Montana Tech of the University of Montana
    1300 West Park Street
    Butte, MT 59701
    (800) 445-8324
    www.mtech.edu

  • National Labor College
    10000 New Hampshire Avenue
    Silver Spring, MD 20903
    (301) 431-6400
    www.nlc.edu

  • North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
    1601 East Market Street
    Greensboro, NC 27411
    (336) 334-7500
    www.ncat.edu

  • North Central Texas College
    1525 West California Street
    Gainesville, TX 76240
    (940) 668-7731
    www.nctc.edu

  • Oakland University
    2200 N Squirrel Rd
    Rochester, MI 48309
    (248) 370-2100
    www.oakland.edu

  • Purdue University
    Schleman Hall, Room 109
    West Lafayette, IN 47907
    (765) 494-4600
    www.purdue.edu

  • St. Augustine's College
    1315 Oakwood Avenue
    Raleigh, NC 27610
    (919) 516-4000
    www.st-aug.edu

  • University of Findlay
    1000 North Main Street
    Findlay, OH 45840
    (419) 422-8313
    www.findlay.edu

  • University of Hawaii: Honolulu Community College
    874 Dillingham Boulevard
    Honolulu, HI 96817
    (808) 845-9211
    www2.honolulu.hawaii.edu

  • National Labor College
    10000 New Hampshire Avenue
    Silver Spring, MD 20903
    (301) 431-6400
    www.nlc.edu

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