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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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