A career in occupational health and safety can provide the opportunity to make a positive impact on people's lives by ensuring workplace safety, reducing injuries and illnesses, and improving overall well being.
The Occupational Health & Safety Management Ontario College Graduate Certificate program is a multi-disciplinary program that is designed to encompass a broad range of knowledge in occupational health, safety and environmental management systems that are critical to an organizations success. This program provides students with a strong health and safety foundation by developing the competencies required for the effective development, implementation and evaluation of health and safety systems in occupational settings.
Emphasis is placed upon learning the application of legislation and recognizing, controlling and evaluation workplace hazards. This program will enable students to become leaders in health and safety by motivating proactive behavioural change. Students will anticipate and employ strategies to manage emerging health, safety and environmental issues while examining accident theories, emergency response planning, ergonomic principles, risk management principles and the promotion of workplace safety and wellness.
This program is accredited by the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP).
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This Lambton College program is licensed to and delivered by Cestar College (PDF), a licensed private career college in Toronto, Ontario. Students who are registered at are students of a public college and as such, will receive full credit from Lambton College for all Lambton College courses completed at the Cestar College campus in Toronto. Students who meet program graduation requirements will graduate with a credential from Lambton College. Students may be scheduled to have classes on Saturdays.
- University degree in engineering, health sciences, human resources, or equivalent
The admissions process is competitive and meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee admission.Lambton College reserves the right to alter information including admission requirements and to cancel a program or course at any time; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies or changes in the job market; to change the pathways to third-party certification bodies; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations or over-acceptance of offers of admission. In the event Lambton College exercises such a right, Lambton College's sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to Lambton College.
English Language Requirements
- IELTS of 6.5
IELTS of 6.0 + Completion of EAP-3106 (English for Academic Purposes) during the first term of study
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- TOEFL iBT 79
ITOEFL 70 + Completion of EAP-3106 (English for Academic Purposes) during the first term of study
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- Passed Lambton Institute of English placement test
Please Note: IELTS is the only proficiency score accepted by the Study Direct Stream (SDS) program. Additional country-specific requirements may also be applicable.
Meeting the minimum English requirements does not guarantee admission. Students with higher English proficiency scores will receive priority in the admission assessment process. Not all students will qualify for EAP-3106 in place of the required IELTS or TOEFL test scores.
- Term 1 $8,730.00
- Term 2 $8,080.00
- Term 3 $8,760.00
- Co-op Term $0.00
Total Cost of Program
Tuition fees are estimates and are subject to change each academic year. Fees do not include books (unless specifically noted), supplies or living costs.
Lambton College reserves the right to alter information including admission requirements and to cancel at any time a program or course; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies or changes in the job market; to change the pathways third-party certification bodies; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations or over-acceptance of offers of admission. In the event Lambton College exercises such a right, Lambton College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to Lambton College.
Safety Boots (with Grade 1 protective toe)$150.00
First Aid & CRP$165.00
WIL Project Fees
Students who are not successful securing a co-op or who fail to meet the co-op requirements will be required to register in CPL-5559 WIL Project. There is an additional fee for the WIL Project. The WIL Project Fee will be $2,480 for each student.
Important Dates, Deadline & Late Fees
For additional information on registration dates, deadlines and late fees please refer to Registration Dates and Deadlines.
A student services fee is included in your tuition.
Health Insurance Coverage
Emergency medical insurance is mandatory for all international students at Lambton College. This includes students who are full-time and part-time and who are on a co-op. This insurance is provided by guard.me - a third party insurance provider.See Insurance Costs & Details
In order to keep pace with the requirements of each and every course in your program, Lambton College requires that each student have access to a laptop while studying at our college.
Strong computer skills are essential to finding Canadian employment in management and administration. This Business Analytics course introduces the use of data-driven techniques to identify and solve business problems. Students will learn key concepts of data analysis, from data collection and preparation to the application of predictive analytics models. Students develop skills in time management, self-discipline, and having an eye for detail by strengthening their ability to read and follow written instructions. Business Analytics is a course delivered using practical applications in the computer lab; through case studies and hands-on activities, students will learn to use Excel functionality more effectively in analyzing, interpreting, and visualizing data. Students will gain an understanding of the importance of data in today's business environment and will develop the skills necessary to identify, analyze, and utilize data for making better industry-specific decisions through case analysis.
This course is designed for international students with diplomas or degrees. It focuses on polishing communications skills acquired through one's academic career and workplace experience. Through various business writing and speaking scenarios, students learn Canadian business practices and communication styles, incorporating inclusivity and diversity. Close attention is paid to proper incorporation of the intellectual property of others to ensure academic integrity. Students will practice organized and dynamic speaking and will strive for polished business documents.
Students are introduced to the techniques and basic concepts of hazard management, recognition, evaluation, and control of health and safety hazards in the workplace. Risk management is an essential component of a properly functioning occupational health and safety program. Risk management principles, concepts and models. Explore critical considerations, including risk perception and tolerance as well as risk management strategies. Risk management principles, models and theories, risk management foundations; organizational risk management; risk assessment; conducting a risk survey; analyzing risk and setting priorities for action; incorporating risk management in organizational systems, policies and processes; and evaluating the success of risk mitigation strategies. Following this course, learners will be able to assess an organizations risk management program to determine if it is meeting organizational objectives and recommend strategies and techniques to plan, organize, and control activities in a way that minimizes risk and the effects of risk on the organization.
This subject is an examination of the contemporary Canadian business environment including the organization, leadership and management decision process which influences the behaviour of individuals and groups. Increased global competition, technological change and the rising expectations of both employees and employers have underlined the need for improved and more effective leadership. This subject provides a better understanding of this process.
Occupational Health & Safety
This course introduces participants to the broad and ever-changing field of occupational health and safety, an inherently technical subject area. The multiple dimensions of the various issues--technical, legislative, political, and personal--are a required part of the training for a professional in this field or for someone who is involved with this kind of operation. Major topic areas include the Occupational Health and Safety Act, WCB, WHMIS, transportation of dangerous goods, accident prevention and investigation, physical and biological agents, and the management of Occupational Health and Safety programs
Basic theoretical and operational knowledge of the hazards and techniques that may be encountered in the workplace are discussed. Students will identify hazards and safe operating procedures that include: Safeguard Systems, Personal Protective Equipment, Hazardous Energy, Materials Handling and Storage, Hoisting and Rigging Equipment, Powered Industrial Vehicles, Hand and Portable Power Tools, Woodworking Machinery, Welding and Cutting, Metalworking Machinery, Automated Systems or Processes, Confined Spaces, and Fall Protection.
Ergonomics is the science that addresses human performance and well-being in relation to the tasks that are being completed, the equipment used, and the environment in which work is being completed. Students are introduced to the practice of ergonomics and the technical elements required when developing an ergonomics program to prevent occupational illness and injury by changing the design of work and workplaces. Building on a foundation of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and information processing, the student will learn how to evaluate and apply human capabilities and limitations to the design of workplaces, work methods, and jobs positions for optimal safety, efficiency, productivity and comfort. This course will also cover ergonomic system design, task analysis, muscle use, anthropometry, workspace design, musculoskeletal disorders, shiftwork, organizational and psychosocial aspects of work.
OHS & Environmental Management Systems
This course will provide students with the knowledge for implementing and evaluating the performance of a fully functional management system based on organizational requirements. This course will focus on the most common and current management systems applied in Canada, particularly the requirements for Environmental Management Systems (EMS) ISO 14001:2015 and Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) ISO 45001:2018 (OHSAS 18001), and CSA: Z1000-14.
This course provides students with the skills and practical knowledge that apply to various regulatory standards related to air, water, soil, hazardous waste, chemical management and other related environmental legislation. Topics will be analyzed in terms of standard development, enforcement at municipal, provincial and federal levels, and the validity of the standard's ability to protect health and the environment particularly specific environmental statues that are significant to Ontario practice today.
Exploration of key concepts leading to practices in integrated Disability Management will be learned by students. A multi-disciplinary approach to managing all forms of disability will be put forward based on sound best practice disability management techniques. The Workplace Safety and Insurance Act and how the compensation system operates, along with government legislation, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), Accessibility for Ontarians Disability Act and applicable regulations will be reviewed. Multiple models of disability management will be presented. The assessment, evaluation, and accommodation of various return to work processes will be undertaken, developed and implemented.
Health & Wellness
In this course students will focus on Health and Wellness promotion and prevention as integral parts of occupational health and safety. The relationship between work and the determinant of health will be presented. Students will examine workplace trends and observations as key drivers in the development of Workplace Wellness Programs. Students will be skilled in: identifying risk factors and hazards influencing the health, safety and well-being of individuals and organizations; conducting workplace health surveys; designing, promoting, implementing and evaluating wellness initiatives based on health promotion theory; and using a holistic and multidisciplinary approach in accordance with organizational policies.
Introduction to Process Safety
Process safety refers to the prevention of unintentional releases of chemicals, energy, or other potentially dangerous materials (including steam) during the course of chemical processes that can have a serious effect to the plant and environment. Students will study how industrial processes can affect worker and environmental health and safety.
Red Cross Standard First Aid & CPR
An intensive certified Red Cross course, including written and practical tests, is designed to teach people first aid procedures and skill (without special equipment) that can be applied at the scene of an accident. This course also instructs the students in one and two rescuer CPR in adult and child and on rescuer infant victims. In the absence of professional medical help or supervisor, one will use techniques to preserve life, minimize the effects of injury, and promote recovery. Course fee includes materials.
Job Search & Success
This course provides student with skills and knowledge to help support their career search and succeed in the workplace. Students align their personal skill set and goals to guide them on their career paths. They will learn how to effectively conduct a job search, build a professional and well-tailored resume and cover letter, and develop and practice interview techniques. Students will also develop their personal brand to help support effective career networking and aid in their job search. Teamwork and collaboration in the workplace are also discussed. Self-reflection is used to inspire insight and support their professional career journey.
Program Design, Development & Implementation
Students will learn to design, implement, manage and evaluate new and existing programs in the workplace. Students will learn how to review legislative requirements, processes, tools and equipment, collect and analyze data to design effective and functional programs to meet organizational needs. Students will learn methods to evaluate programs and present findings to assist in making informed decisions.
Accident Prevention & Theory Investigation
The history of accident prevention will be examined, and will concentrate on the principles of managing safety. This course examines proper accident investigation, accident reporting, audits, inspections, accident costs, safety committees, elimination of hazards and basic loss control principles. This course examines the techniques and procedures for the prevention, control, and investigation of workplace accidents, incidents and hazards (with an emphasis on the Province of Ontario).
Emergency Planning & Management
Students will develop an understanding of various emergency plans/procedures, identifying roles and responsibilities in emergency plans. This course is specific to the Emergency Response field with a strong focus on fire prevention. Students will learn unique information concerning response to emergencies, how to manage them, drill preparation and preparedness.
Industrial Hygiene & Toxicology
Students will be introduced to the historical background and basic concepts of occupational hygiene recognition, evaluation. Other topics include the control of health hazards in the workplace environment and to relate the role of the industrial hygienist to other professionals in the occupational health team, chemical, biological, physical and ergonomic stresses, and an in-depth examination of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) Threshold Limit Values (TLV) booklet.
Industrial Hygiene & Toxicology Lab
Workers may be exposed to various hazards in the workplace which may affect their health and safety. Exposure monitoring for chemical, biological, and physical hazards frequently encountered in the workplace is reinforced through laboratory experiments and field measurements. As a hands-on component to theory of industrial hygiene and toxicology, students employ practical methods of sampling, measurement techniques and interpretation of results.
This series of workshops will provide students with the skills and knowledge which is applicable and specific to a variety of different business settings and industrial workplace environments. Over the course of these workshops, students receive a variety of tools and strategies that will assist in putting health and safety skills demonstrated through these workshops into practice. Guest speakers will be invited to present on particular topics.
Co-op Work Term (Full-Time)
Co-operative education provides students with the opportunity to apply classroom learning to the workplace, undertake career sampling and gain valuable work experience that may assist students in leveraging employment after graduation. For further information regarding co-op, please refer to: https://www.lambtoncollege.ca/student-supports/co- ops-placements
Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Project is aimed at enriching students by connecting different program areas of study, cutting across subject-matter lines, and emphasizing unifying concepts. The focus of the WIL Project is to make connections between study and industry by engaging students in relevant and meaningful activities that are connected to and practiced within the professional workplace. WIL Project allows students to enhance and strengthen their employability prospects post-graduation by fine tuning skills and knowledge and meeting the expectations of today's employers. Students are required to attend the scheduled shifts in the WIL office, reporting to the WIL Supervisor. Weekly real-world challenges are presented in the WIL office, designed by industry professionals. In addition to the weekly assigned deliverables, students are also offered professional development sessions, and exposed to industry guest speakers, enhancing their opportunity to develop their professional network.
Co-op Eligibility & WIL Project Fee
In order to be eligible to secure an approved full-time co-op work term (CPL-1049), students must have a GPA of 2.8 or greater and complete all the co-op eligibility requirements. Failing to do so will require students to enroll in CPL-5559 WIL Project at an additional cost.
Program graduates can work in a wide range of roles in safety inspection, auditing, risk management, emergency management, environmental management and human resources management. Industry sectors include mining, construction, petroleum, forestry, health care, electrical and communications utilities, transportation, federal, provincial and municipal governments, retail and wholesale operations, warehousing and distribution networks, consulting, engineering and education.
Accreditations & Certifications
Canadian Registered Safety Technician Certification
Graduates from this program meet the requirements set out by the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP) and are qualified to write the Canadian Registered Safety Technician (CRST) examination to earn the CRST designation. Upon completion of 4 years of additional relevant occupational health and safety experience, graduates are able to apply for the Board of Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) certification.
For more information visit The Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals.
Students in this program have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience by applying classroom learning during co-op experiences.
Learn more about co-op terms and the roles and responsibilities of students and co-op advisors.
- Course and program delivery schedules are proposed and subject to change for each intake.
- Students are required to bring their own laptop with wireless capability.
- Students are advised to bring an official copy of their most recent police clearance, driver's license, and vaccination record from their home country.
International students who successfully complete their programs of study at Lambton College may be eligible to apply for a Post-Graduate Work Permit Program (PGWPP). This program allows students to gain valuable Canadian work experience.
A work permit under the PGWPP may be issued for the length of the study program, up to a maximum of three years. A post-graduation work permit cannot be valid for longer than the student's study program, and the study program must be a minimum of eight months in length. The length and approval of the PGWPP is determined solely by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
Students must meet the eligibility requirements to apply for a post-graduate work permit.
Immigration Regulations & Changes
Immigration regulations are legislated by the Federal Government of Canada and are subject to change at any time without notice. Students are responsible for ensuring that they are in compliance with all Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada regulations at all times during their studies and while in Canada. Lambton College staff are not authorized to provide advice or guidance on immigration-related matters. Prospective applicants and current students should consult the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website or call the IRCC Call Centre at 1-888-242-2100 to answer or clarify any immigration-related questions or information.
It is required that students purchase a laptop with a Windows operating system.
Internet Speed Requirements
For best performance for students learning remotely, an internet connection with a minimum of 40 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload speed is recommended in order to effectively use video conferencing and remote lecture delivery software as well as, other online resources remotely. Due to the large area over which students may be dispersed, we are unable to recommend a specific provider, so you will need to inquire around your area to find one that best suits your needs.
Minimum Laptop Requirements
In order to access the internet and virtually-delivered software and courseware, student laptops should include the following at a minimum. By meeting the following specifications, students will be equipped to access software and courseware on their laptop through the internet:
- Intel i3 Processor or equivalent
- 4 GB of RAM or more
- 100 GB HDD or more
- HD Graphics
- Webcam with a microphone
- Wireless 802.11n/ac 5ghz capable
- Windows Operating System (Windows 10)
To ensure students are getting the most our of their classroom experience, some software will be required.
Lambton College has made this software easily accessible online. Students can leverage our Microsoft Office 365 software packages and services. In addition, much of the software you require for your courses will be available on demand for use on any device - on or off campus.