Occupational Health, Safety and Wellness
- Ontario College Graduate Certificate
- College Code:
- Business and Hospitality
- Program Code:
- Accelerated Delivery:
- Academic Year:
- 2018 / 2019
Notice:Students in this program are required to bring a mobile device that meets minimum specified requirements.
About the ProgramThe Occupational Health, Safety and Wellness (OHSW) graduate program provides a focused body of knowledge and skills for individuals interested in developing and building their knowledge and skills in occupational health, safety and wellness. In today's work environment, a balance of work and personal wellness is critical from both the personal and organizational perspective. The workplace is a priority target setting for health promotion initiatives as set out by the World Health Organization, with the end goals of protecting and promoting both individual and organizational well-being. Therefore, employers are required to manage occupational health, safety and wellness from a legal perspective, and have moral and ethical imperatives to do so. Additionally, there is an economic advantage to employers who seek to maximize productivity and engagement in the workplace since healthy workers are more productive, more engaged, and have lower absenteeism and presenteeism rates.
The program is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in how occupational health, safety and wellness initiatives can be developed and implemented in businesses and organizations to address these imperatives. Students will research and analyze existing health, safety and wellness trends and utilize that research to develop programs that address health, safety and wellness concerns within the workplace.
Program InformationLength: One-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program
Delivery Sequence: Doon (Kitchener) - September/2018 - Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
First-Year Capacity: 35
- A two - or three-year diploma or a degree from an accredited college or university.
Note re: Admission Requirements
- Applicants with transcripts from institutions where the language of instruction is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency with a minimum test score on one of the following language proficiency tests or equivalent scores from another internationally recognized English language test:
- IELTS overall band of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0
- TOEFL iBT 88
- CAEL 70, no sub-test band score less than 60
- PTE Academic 58
- Conestoga English Language Test (CELT) Band 6
- We offer a language program for students whose English language skills are below the standard required for admission but all other admission criteria have been met. An applicant will be eligible for admission to the graduate certificate program after completion of level 4 of the General Arts and Science - English Language Studies (ELS) program with an overall grade average of 80% and no grade less than 75%. Placement in the ELS program is determined by scores on an in-house English language test or TOEFL or IELTS.
- Submit proof of admission requirements.
- Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.
- Students in this program are required to bring a mobile device that meets minimum specified requirements.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition fee details for the 2017-2018 year are listed below. Fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time. Books and supplies are additional.
Estimated fees based upon the previous academic year (2017 / 2018) for Occupational Health, Safety and Wellness - Program # 1395
|Student Priority Fee||$49.95|
|Graduation/Alumni Services Fee||$28.10|
|Technology Enhancement Fee||$140.80|
|CSI Capital Development Fee||$70.54|
|CSI Association Fee||$110.00|
|CSI - CSA||$4.56|
|Program Tuition Fee (ACR)||$2885.00|
|CSI Health Plan Fee||$0.00|
|ONE Card Fee||$12.60|
Estimated International fees based upon the previous academic year (2017 / 2018) for
Occupational Health, Safety and Wellness - Program # 1395
|International Program Tuition||$5950.00|
|Student Priority Fee||$49.95|
|Graduation/Alumni Services Fee||$28.10|
|Technology Enhancement Fee||$140.80|
|CSI Capital Development Fee||$70.54|
|CSI Association Fee||$110.00|
|CSI - CSA||$4.56|
|International Health Fee||$0.00|
|ONE Card Fee||$12.60|
Financial AssistanceThe Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.
For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.
Graduate OpportunitiesGraduates are prepared for entry-level to mid-management positions in occupational health, safety, wellness, and health promotion in community organizations, private practices, learning institutions, government departments, and consulting firms. Career opportunities may include program specialist, wellness coordinator, health and safety coordinator, health promotion consultant and roles involving wellness program management.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca
Pathways & Credit TransferConestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions.
Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.
Learn more about PLAR.
|Course Code||Course Title and Description|
Description: This course will cover concepts, topics and strategies to improve an organization's effectiveness and efficiency with a focus on understanding individuals, teams, and organizations, and the impact such factors have on worker well-being. Change management and strategic planning will be covered, including the measurement and benchmarks used for the assessment of an organization's performance. Topics covered will include individual behaviour, values, perception, and attitudes; employee motivation and engagement; team dynamics; leadership; organizational culture, and organizational design. Students will enhance their understanding of the importance of communication and problem solving skills in working with stakeholders to resolve organizational challenges and move organizations towards change.
|BUS8550||Conflict Resolution and Problem Solving
Description: Organizations today and in the future will be looking for employees and managers who possess the ability to successfully resolve conflicts through the application of effective interpersonal, communication, conflict resolution and problem solving skills. This course will provide students with the ability to apply a variety of communication and conflict resolution theories, strategies and practices to manage a wide range of employee and organizational issues. Students will develop a foundation of conflict resolution options, including the use of mediation methods and building a collaborative environment when managing conflict.
|HRM8130||Human Resources Management
Description: The primary focus in this introductory course is to offer the student an in depth view into the world of the Human Resource (HR) Management functions and each of its specialties. The course emphasis is on the skills and techniques utilized by HR professionals in each of their specialty areas, and how they are related to the organization's overall strategy and objectives.
|OHS8020||Health, Wellness and Safe Workplace
Description: This course will provide an introduction to and foundation for all other courses in the program. The course will begin with a discussion of the definition of health and explore a variety of models related to health and wellness, with a focus on the biopsychosocial model. Students will learn about an organization's moral, legal and ethical responsibilities to the safety and wellness of its workers. Concepts explored include: due diligence; health and safety legislation, standards, policies, procedures, and best practices; duties of workplace parties; inspections, investigations, and audits; disability management; work disability prevention; hazard/risk assessment and mitigation; occupational hygiene; emergency preparedness; the role of training in health and safety; safety culture/climate; and health promotion in the workplace. There will be a special focus on psychological health and safety as a growing worldwide public health issue. Students will gain an appreciation for the two streams of the program, health & safety or occupational wellness, to assist them in making a stream decision in Semester 2.
|OHS8030||Program Design, Implementation and Evaluation
Description: In this course, students will learn to design, implement, manage and evaluate the effectiveness of OHSW programs in the workplace, referring to relevant and validated health, safety and wellness theories and evidence-informed practices. Students will learn how to collect and analyze data related to worker/workplace needs and integrate evidence-informed best practices to design a successful program. Next, students will learn the skills and steps necessary to project/program planning and implementation. Finally, students will explore a variety of evaluation models and designs, and learn to apply these to program evaluation with an end goal of providing valid and reliable data for organizational decision-making.
Description: This course will enable students to consolidate learning related to research, critical appraisal, presentation and business communication skills into a proposal that focuses on delivering consultation services to address a current issue or trend in Occupational Health, Safety and Wellness. Students will determine the scope and goals of the consultation, the client, and their project partners.
Description: Ergonomics assesses the tasks, the equipment used, and the environment in which work is being completed, and is a critical component of health and wellness for employees of an organization. Building on knowledge developed in Health, Wellness & Safe Workplace and Program Design, Implementation and Evaluation, students will learn to identify and assess ergonomic risk factors, and develop an ergonomics program to prevent occupational illness and injury by changing the design of work and workplaces to fit the worker and in accordance with regulatory requirements. This course will include the basics of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics in order to develop skills to evaluate the work environment for employees, assess human capabilities, limitations and the design of workplaces to ensure a safe, efficient and productive workspace.
Description: Students will implement their consulting proposal based upon the project goals established in the first term, Consulting Proposal. Students will work in teams to deliver the agreed upon consulting proposal to the organization and present a summary of learning to program faculty, organizational partners, and fellow students.
Electives: Program Option
Student must complete a minimum of 168 Hours
View Program Option Electives
Please note that all courses may not be offered in all semesters. Go to your student portal for full timetabling details under "My Courses".
|OHS8050||Applied Safety Fundamentals (Safety)
Description: Building on the foundational knowledge developed in Health, Wellness & Safe Workplace, this course will focus on the operationalization of workplace safety in accordance with relevant legislation, regulations, standards, and guidelines. Topics of focus will include safeguards, personal protective equipment, hazardous materials and materials handling, and proper techniques for working with equipment. Through simulations and case studies, students will gain experience in conducting workplace inspections, incident investigations, and audits. Additional topics include: confined space, hazmat, trench rescue, hot work, elevated work, working alone and remote work. The role of management systems in promoting a strong safety and wellness culture will be explored.
|OHS8060||Occupational Hygiene (Safety)
Description: Building on foundational knowledge from Health, Wellness & Safe Workplace, students will learn to identify and assess risk for harm to workers related to biological, chemical, physical and psychosocial hazards in order to identify opportunities for promoting and protecting individual and organizational well-being. The biopsychosocial model of health will be used as the basis for advocating for a strong safety and wellness culture within organizations. Specific topics will include: anatomy and physiology related to OH; toxicology and routes of entry; physical hazards and controls; biological hazards and controls; indoor air quality; OH measurement and sampling; ventilation; OH prevention and protection programs; exposure limits; occupational illness and disease; violence and harassment, and other psychosocial hazards.
|OHS8070||Fire Prevention and Protection (Safety)
Description: This course will cover fire prevention codes and standards, and life safety in relation to the work environment. Principles, practices and procedures involved in fire prevention inspections will be covered along with the Ontario Fire Code regulations, standards and fire prevention (detection, control) resources. Students will learn to mitigate the risk of injury and damage due to fire through implementing controls and emergency response plans, and will develop a fire safety program as part of the course.
|OHS8080||Risk Management and Emergency Preparedness (Safety)
Description: In this course, students will learn how to recognize, assess, and control hazards through inspections, investigations and audits. Students will assess levels of risk, identify potential controls, and develop recommendations and action plans to mitigate workplace hazards. Risk management theories and models will be essential components of a properly functioning occupational health and safety program. Another significant focus of the course will be developing emergency response and business continuity plans to address various crisis situations.
|OHS8110||Disability Management (Wellness)
Description: Disability management refers to proactive employer practices with the goals of preventing or reducing workplace disability, intervening early in the face of injury, and providing coordinated management and rehabilitation functions to promote workers' recovery and safe and timely return to work (RTW). This course will provide an in-depth investigation of the role of disability management (DM) programs as a means to promoting a strong safety and wellness culture within an organization and address all facets of work disability prevention. The focus will be on performing executive functions, including: administration of DM services, development of policies and procedures, promotion of RTW concepts through education and training, consulting to joint labour-management committees, evaluation of services and community resources, selecting DM partners, etc. Students will learn how to develop a business case for a DM program and apply learning from Program Design, Implementation and Evaluation to the DM program context.
|OHS8120||Return-to-Work (RTW) Coordination (Wellness)
Description: This course will focus on developing an understanding of how to expedite, coordinate and facilitate the return to work of persons with injuries, illnesses and disabilities in a range of settings. Using cases, students will learn how to work with stakeholders to develop RTW plans for workers with a variety of illnesses or injuries in various organizational contexts, including both union and non-union settings. Students will apply concepts and strategies from Conflict Resolution and Problem Solving to learn to build collaborative relationships with all parties to facilitate early and timely return to work for employees following a leave of absence. Specific topics include: legislation and benefits programs related to leaves and RTW; workplace attendance support; claims management; disability case management; risk assessment and workplace accommodation; graduated RTW; documentation and confidentiality; and management of psychological disabilities.
|OHS8130||Workplace Health Promotion (Wellness)
Description: Health promotion programs are a key method for promoting a strong safety and wellness culture within organizations. In this course, students will investigate guiding principles, skills, and strategies for planning, implementing and evaluating workplace wellness programs that meet the needs of workers and organizations. Students will examine a variety of theories, models and processes related to wellness and health promotion interventions, with a focus on workplace health promotion. Utilizing knowledge gained in Program Design, Implementation and Evaluation, students will build a business case for health promotion within the workplace to secure key stakeholder commitment for wellness programming and resources by ensuring program alignment with organizational strategy.
|OHS8140||Work Disability Policy and Stakeholders (Wellness)
Description: Evidence indicates that work disability results from complex interplays involving several stakeholders (workplace, union, supervisor, coworkers, insurer, healthcare providers, etc.), within a web of policy and legislation, interacting with the worker in the disability process. This course will explore the concept of work disability, the policies that shape DM and RTW processes, and the stakeholders involved in a variety of countries around the world in order to develop an appreciation of the way that our sociopolitical systems shape our approach to disability management. Students will consider sociopolitical and ethical challenges related to work disability and apply their learning to health and wellness program design and DM/RTW practices.
- Assess risk for harm to workers within the workplace in order to identify opportunities for promoting and protecting individual and organizational well-being.
- Design and evaluate the effectiveness of OHSW programs, referring to relevant and validated health, safety and wellness theories and evidence-informed best practices.
- Develop and evaluate OHSW policies, procedures, and practices to ensure compliance with Canadian legislation, regulations, standards and guidelines.
- Propose solutions for issues related to disability management, return to work, and health and safety through the interpretation and application of relevant legislation, regulations, standards, and related benefits programs.
- Employ effective interpersonal communication and problem solving skills, and ethical and professional conduct, in working with stakeholders to resolve health, safety and wellness challenges within organizations.
- Promote a strong safety and wellness culture within organizations by incorporating the biopsychosocial model of health into human resource and OHSW initiatives.
- Recommend controls, interventions, and/or emergency response plans to mitigate workplace risks and hazards that emerge as a result of inspections, investigations, compliance and management system audits.
- Apply human resource management principles appropriate for diverse workplace environments that support organizational business decisions.
- Evaluate business propositions and promotional strategies developed to address HSW initiatives, ensuring alignment with business goals.
Program Advisory CommitteesThe College appoints Program Advisory Committee members for diploma, degree, certificate and apprenticeship programs. Committees are composed of employers, practitioners and recent program graduates. College representatives (students, faculty, and administrators) are resource persons. Each committee advises the Board on the development of new programs, the monitoring of existing programs and community acceptance of programs.
For a list of the current members, please visit our Program Advisory Committees.
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