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Occupational safety and health refers to the practice of observing and analyzing working environments to ensure that they are safe for employees. The job of the occupational safety specialist is to anticipate and identify potential hazards so that the employer may make appropriate changes before accidents happen. Potential workplace hazards may include flaws in the design of a building that could cause physical injury to employees, biological or chemical hazards, or on-the-job stress due to overwork and poor working conditions. Occupational safety and health officer work to prevent harm to property, workers, the public, and the environment. They are responsible for implementing regulations that improve buildings, equipment and working practices. Working closely with many different organizations and regulatory agencies, occupational health specialists educate employers on healthier and safer working practices.
Students of this programme are expected to complete the course in four years, which will be conducted in eight semesters. This programme emphasizes in theoretical approach and practical approach. The theoretical aspect will be conveyed in several methods including classroom teaching, laboratory sessions, field trip and fieldwork. As for the practical aspect, students will be assessed based on the industrial training.
The core subjects for this programme are such as industrial hygiene, ergonomics, occupational safety and health (OSH) legislation, OSH management system, industrial safety, hazard control, risk management and occupational health. Students will also be thought on subjects like health surveillance, accident investigation, occupational stress, chemical safety and OSH promotion that work to complement the core subjects.
In the final semester, students will be attached in various industries to perform their industrial training. They will be assessed on the aspect of application of OSH management, legislation, occupational health and hygiene, risk management and occupational safety.
Graduates in Bachelor of Occupational Safety and Health are qualified to work in:
Government sector (DOSH, NIOSH) as Safety and Health Officer (SHO).
Private sector as safety and health officer (SHO), pipe line inspector, industrial hygienist, authorised gas tester (AGT), Health Safety & Environment (HSE) executive, HSE manager, safety engineer, site safety supervisor, chemical health risk assessor.