Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in 1970 to assure safe and healthful working conditions for employees by setting and enforcing standards as well as providing training, outreach, education and assistance to organizations. Safety professionals work alongside management to create and enforce policies that ensure compliance of OSHA regulations designed to create a safer and healthier workplace for its employees.
While OSHA remains the governmental regulatory agency, the responsibility of occupational safety and health of employees has evolved into an integral part of corporate culture. Beyond the inherent dangers involved with skilled labor and construction, organizations are now recognizing the importance of protecting workers against, sickness, disease and other health hazards, including those brought on with the advent of new technologies. Therefore, occupational safety and health professionals are needed within a variety industries including construction, healthcare, oil and gas extraction and much more.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2015 median pay for occupational safety and health specialists was approximately $70,210 annually.
CSU’s occupational safety and health degree programs meet the educational requirements mandated by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals for the Associate Safety Professional designation (ASP) and the Certified Safety Professional designation (CSP). CSU's occupational safety and health degree programs are also listed as board approved programs by the Institute for Safety and Health Management (ISHM).
CSU offers educational opportunities in occupational safety & health, including: