Academic Catalog

Environmental & Applied Technology

Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Management Associate in Science

Since the beginning of the industrial revolution, there has been a steady increase in workplace injuries, illnesses, and death. California has the second-highest demand for Occupational Safety and Health technicians in the United States. OSH Technicians inspect workplaces, evaluate hazards, train employees, implement personal protective equipment programs, and help employers comply with safety regulations from local, state, and federal regulatory agencies. The EHSM program has developed a broad range of classes to ensure students have experience and in-depth understanding of safety inspections, air, noise, ventilation, radiological and biological testing, ergonomic services, and providing workplace illness and injury programs. We offer specialty courses in construction and laboratory safety. Students completing the associate degree in OSH management will obtain jobs as an Occupational Safety and Health Technician or Specialist, Environmental Safety and Health Technician or Specialist, Safety Technician or Specialist, Industrial Hygiene Technician or Specialist, and Risk Manager.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Perform work-related functions according to current industry standards.
  • Assess and resolve work-related problems using current industry-specific tools and resources.
  • Communicate effectively to prospective clients, managers and coworkers in a workplace setting.
  • Abide by industry regulations regarding occupational health and safety, and/or environmental standards.

Associate in Science Degree Requirements

EHSM-100Introduction to Environmental and Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Technology4
EHSM-130Environmental/Occupational Health Effects of Hazardous Materials3
EHSM-135General Industry Safety Standards3
EHSM-200Hazardous Materials Management (HMM) Applications4
EHSM-201Introduction to Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Health4
EHSM-205Safety and Risk Management Administration4
EHSM-230Hazwoper Certification3
List A
Select one of the following:3-4
Laboratory Safety Management
Construction Safety Standards
List B
Select one of the following:1-4
Cooperative Work Experience
EHS Field Applications
List C
Select either:4-5
General Biology I
and General Biology I Laboratory
Principles of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology
List D
Select one of the following:4-5
Preparation for General Chemistry
General Chemistry I
List E
Select one of the following:3-5
Principles of Information Systems
Public Speaking
Intercultural Communication
Spanish I
Total Units40-48

Plus General Education Requirements