2011-2012 Catalog 
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2011-2012 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.

Cultural Diversity Requirement All students earning degrees and certificates of 45 credits or more must meet a cultural diversity (CD) requirement by completing courses marked as “CD” on the requirement sheet and/or “Meets Cultural Diversity Requirement” in the quarterly class schedule. Those courses may also be used to fulfill other requirements of the degree or certificate.

Graduation Application A completed Graduation Application form must be submitted to Enrollment Services by the 10th day of the quarter in which the student expects to graduate. Forms are available online or at Enrollment Services located in Lynnwood Hall.

Students are advised to:

  • Consult with an OSH faculty adviser quarterly for course selection and completion of degree requirements and plan their schedule several quarters in advance (Note: all decisions on selection of courses are ultimately the responsibility of the student),
  • Review the college catalog for required course prerequisites and include these in schedule planning, and
  • All students who intend to transfer should meet with an adviser of the college they plan to transfer to, and review specific admission requirements.
Kerrie Murphy kerrie.murphy@edcc.edu | 425.640.1843
Department website
College Resources:  
Edmonds CC website www.edcc.edu
How to enroll www.edcc.edu/es
Transfer center www.edcc.edu/transfer
Advising appointments 425.640.1458
College bookstore www.edcc.edu/bookstore

Note: This requirement planning sheet is not a substitute for meeting with an academic adviser. Meeting the requirements to graduate with an Edmonds Community College degree or certificate is ultimately the responsibility of the student.

PGM Code – 844T
Effective summer 2011 | Rev: 02/11

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

Communications Skills (5 credits)

Students are advised to complete their ENGL& 101 as soon as possible as it is a prerequisite for several of the other General Education and OSH courses.

Computation/Quantitative Skills (5 credits)

Students are advised to complete the math requirements as soon as possible in order to prepare to complete the other General Education and OSH courses that have this prerequisite.

MATH 107  is recommended as an additional elective for students planning to transfer to a four-year school.

III. Program Requirements (46-49 credits):

 Please see an OSH faculty adviser to arrange the required internship.

V. Electives (minimum 4 credits):

The remaining Elective credits can be selected from recommended professional technical or transfer courses with a course number of 100 or higher.

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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