CE 1002: Health and Safety Officer

Workplace injuries are common occurrences that affect millions of employees across the country every year. Slightly more than 3 million nonfatal injuries and around 4,000 fatal work injuries were reported in 2013. No matter where you work, incidents can be prevented with proper precautions. Having an employee designated to ensuring the workplace is compliant with government regulations significantly decreases the chances of these occurrences.

A Health and Safety Officer has the important role of protecting employees from potentially fatal situations. This course helps prepare individuals who are interested in gaining this certification.

Course Description: In-depth study of basic concepts of occupational health and safety as it relates to emergency service organizations.

Course Textbook: Angle, J.S. (2016). Occupational Safety and Health in the Emergency Services (4th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

Prerequisites to take course: None

Certification Exam Details: Applicants shall meet the requirements of NFPA 1521 – 2015 ed. Chapter 4 and be a member of a fire department an Emergency Services Organization with at least 5 years experience. https://www.fdsoa.org/certification/hso-certification/

Course Cost: $325 (course fee DOES NOT include certification exam)

CEUs Earned Upon Course Completion: 9.0

Course Length: This course is a 10 week, self-paced, open enrollment course. Once students complete the course with a 70 percent or higher within the 10 week time frame, they will receive a certificate of completion that list the 9 CEUs earned. Course must be paid for in full before student is eligible to receive certificate of completion.

Students can apply for an extension if the course is not completed within the allotted 10-week period. If students do not complete all assignments with a 70 percent or higher within 10 weeks, they will be removed from the course if an extension is not applied for.

Course Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Summarize the history of health and safety programs.
  2. Identify occupational health and safety programs for the emergency services.
  3. Analyze federal regulations that impact health and safety programs.
  4. Interpret the standards that impact occupational health and safety.
  5. Identify the concepts of risk management.
  6. Examine the components of an effective response safety plan.
  7. Describe the considerations for safety while training.
  8. Outline the relationship of incident management as it relates to health and safety.
  9. Validate the need for and the process used for post - incident analysis.
  10. Define the components of wellness/fitness plan.

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