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2010-2011 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Occupational Safety and Health Technician Associate of Applied Science-T Degree

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See program requirement sheet. 

The Occupational Safety and Health Technician Associate of Applied Science-T (AAS-T) was developed due to the high demand for trained professionals in this field. This two-year degree program provides education and training for individuals currently working in the safety field and for students desiring to work with national and state workplace safety and health standards.

This AAS-T is a 99-102 credit professional-technical degree with a core of general education courses commonly accepted in transfer. In general, professional-technical degrees are not designed for transfer to other colleges or universities. This degree may articulate to Central Washington University, Evergreen State College, City University, and University of Phoenix. Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution should contact an adviser from that school to create a four-year plan. Please note that articulations are subject to annual revision. Edmonds CC cannot be responsible for changes in graduation requirements at other institutions. Students seeking to transfer to degree programs other than those specifically designed for the AAS-T should consider the Associate of Arts or the Associate of Science degree, which are specifically designed for transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

Credit/Grade Requirements The AAS-T degree is awarded upon completion of minimum of 99 credits of General Requirements, Distribution Requirements, and Specified Requirements outlined on the program requirement sheet. A minimum of 30 credits or one-third of the required credits, whichever is less, must be earned at Edmonds Community College. Students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in all college-level courses.

Transfer of Credit Non-OSH credits will transfer from any accredited college to satisfy all non-OSH requirements. To transfer non-OSH credits, students must request an evaluation of their college transcripts through the college registration office. This should be done during the student’s first quarter at the college.

I. General Education/Related Instruction Requirements (10 credits):

Communications Skills (5 credits)

Computation/Quantitative Skills (5 credits)

V. Electives (minimum 4 credits):

Degree Outcomes

Students completing this degree will be able to:

  • Demonstrate ability to utilize basic computation skills necessary to support the above basic skill set.
  • Promote occupational health and safety within organizations by communicating to workers and management about risks and hazards and training workers how to prevent risks and hazards and how to protect themselves while performing various job related tasks.
  • Prevent harm to workers, property, the environment, and the general public by identifying hazardous conditions and practices and implementing alternative practices and/or corrective measures.
  • Maintain complete safety and health records as required by law and by company policy and preparing reports that may be used in legal proceeding and financial planning.
  • Design programs to control, eliminate, and prevent disease or injury caused by chemical, physical, radiological, and biological agents or ergonomic factors as well as prepare an emergency response plan.
  • Respond to accidents/incidents utilizing emergency response plans, investigating the event, assisting the worker(s) with immediate and long term rehabilitation with a focus on returning to work and by promoting corrective action to prevent similar incidents.
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate effectively through writing, presentation, training, and through daily interaction with others.
  • Conduct job site inspections and determine which areas may not be in compliance with state and federal laws and/or employer policies.
  • Collect data on work environments for on-going analysis that may predict risks and hazards and identify sources of exposure and/or contamination.
  • Analyze ability to think critically about historical and current political and social trends surrounding the profession of occupational safety and health.
  • Advise management how to increase worker productivity through raising morale, reducing absenteeism and equipment downtime while savings on insurance, workers compensation benefits, and litigation expenses by presenting cost effective safety/health prevention measures.
  • Demonstrate comprehension of and commitment to best practices in sustainability and global consciousness.
  • Demonstrate awareness of diversity issues that affect historical and current safety and health trends as well as their affect on the communication and training process of diverse workers.

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