Your complete guide to studying Occupational Health and Safety

Everything you need to know about studying Occupational Health and Safety

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Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) teaches you how to identify, remove, or at least limit the risks to which employees can be exposed. During studies, you will discover how to create, implement, and evaluate safety standards in various workplaces.

Some of the classes you can take during a Bachelor’s or Master’s in Occupational Health and Safety include human factors, ergonomics, accident prevention, risk assessment, hygiene and chemical safety, toxicology, fire protection, etc.

As a future OHS professional, you will collaborate with employers from different fields to create safe work environments. This process also includes office ergonomics and promoting healthy practices for employees, who shouldn’t suffer injuries or get sick due to the nature of their work.

In addition to deep understanding of workplace laws and OHS policies, successful OHS professionals also master communication, presentation, problem-solving, conflict management, and risk assessment skills.

Occupational Health and Safety graduates can work with employers from almost any field, as every workplace comes with some risks. Becoming a consultant or working as a freelancer is also an option. Similar job titles include ergonomics specialist, safety specialist, safety consultant, safety inspector, etc.

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