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Workplace Health and Safety Manager Certificate Program

For every dollar invested in workplace safety, organizations may see a return on their investment of $3 to $5.

Gain the expertise you need in today's work environment by expanding your knowledge of current health and safety issues and regulations, and learn to create and maintain a safer work environment. Examine the issues confronting business, industry and government and become proactive in managing health and safety programs. You will learn about the most current OSHA regulations and methods of compliance, as well as state-of-the-art emergency management techniques. Discover how to integrate employee health and safety into daily decision making, save organizational resources, and contribute to enhanced employee performance.

About the Program:

Gain practical knowledge that matters

Increase and improve your knowledge of health and safety management and industry best practices. Specifically:

  • Examine the critical health and safety issues of private business, industry and government.
  • Learn to establish and manage a proactive health and safety program.
  • Explore how industries are regulated and how to use regulations as tools to identify and control hazards.

Designed for professionals like you

This program benefits safety directors and officers, environmental supervisors, union representatives, health and safety technicians, occupational health specialists/nurses, risk managers, compliance managers, plant or facilities managers, production supervisors, resource specialists and workers’ compensation specialists.

Learn from our faculty

Our instructors are recognized health and safety experts. UC Davis faculty, government agency officials, and representatives from private companies and consulting firms have all been invited to share their knowledge.

Courses Approved By:

The UC Davis Extension Workplace Health and Safety Certificate Program has been reviewed by the Public Service Committee of the Academic Senate at UC Davis and an academic department on campus. This means courses meet the high standards of the University of California, an assurance of quality. UC has a long tradition of excellence, and UC Davis Extension consistently rates as one of the country's best continuing education providers.

Estimated Cost:

Tuition for the entire certificate program is approximately $5,640. The certificate application fee ($125), textbooks and parking are not included in the tuition fee.

Program Requirements:

Course content is frequently revised to ensure that the program is up-to-date with the latest industry standards. For this reason, you must complete all of the course requirements of your certificate within five years from the day you enroll in the first course. A certificate will not be awarded if the requirements are not completed and your application for candidacy is not received within this timeframe.

Quarterly schedule of courses

Required Courses

1.5 quarter units academic credit 1.5

Learn the relevant laws and regulations pertaining to occupational health and safety, including Cal/OSHA and federal OSHA; criminal considerations, such as supervisors’ and managers’ responsibilities; workers’ compensation jurisdiction, claims and benefits; the claims process and program administration; and legal liability. Case studies illustrate both simple and complex issues. 

Administering health and safety programs requires up-to-the-minute, working knowledge of laws and regulations. Learn to use the Internet to research the most current regulations during a computer lab session. This course is for individuals who have interests in, or responsibilities for, administering occupational health and safety programs. This is a required course for the Workplace Health and Safety Manager Certificate Program.

Sections of this course open for enrollment:
2.25 quarter units academic credit 2.25

Expand your understanding of industrial safety hazard control by learning to identify and assess hazards in the workplace. Learn to recognize priority hazards as well as strategies for removing them. Discover how to use regulations as tools to identify and control hazards. Examine case studies and learn from the field, then brainstorm potential solutions to real-life problems.

This is a required course for the Workplace Health and Safety Manager Certificate Program.

This course is not currently open for enrollment.
3.0 quarter units academic credit 3.0

Explore the various approaches to health and safety management, including methods to obtain and maintain top management support; methods to obtain and maintain employee/union support; how to determine the real cost of accidents; behavior modification practices; the success and failure of rewards and recognition programs; and techniques for system-based auditing. Learn how to investigate the causes of accidents, organize health and safety committees and develop health and safety training programs. This is a required course for the Workplace Health and Safety Manager Certificate Program.

Sections of this course open for enrollment:
1.5 quarter units academic credit 1.5

This overview provides an introduction to the science of industrial hygiene, including the process of recognition, evaluation and control of occupational health hazards.  Learn methods to anticipate and recognize such hazards, including basic principles of toxicology. Occupational health hazards (e.g., exposure to chemical agents and dusts), biological agents (e.g., allergenic and infectious diseases), and exposures to physical agents (including noise, radiation, heat and vibration) are addressed.   Examine the general concepts on measuring and evaluating exposures to these agents, and how such exposures are controlled by personal protective equipment and engineering methods. Designed for individuals responsible for occupational safety and health, this is a required course for the Workplace Health and Safety Manager Certificate Program.

This course is not currently open for enrollment.
1.5 quarter units academic credit 1.5

In this overview you will learn about the theories, techniques and procedures associated with the use of instruments to measure air contaminants and physical agents, such as noise, heat and related exposures. Designed specifically for those responsible for employee safety and health, this course includes lectures and hands-on laboratory exercises addressing the methods and procedures of using common industrial hygiene monitoring instruments, sample collection and laboratory analysis, and interpretation of results. The limitations of these techniques will also be discussed. This is a required course for the Workplace Health and Safety Manager Certificate Program.

This course is not currently open for enrollment.
1.5 quarter units academic credit 1.5

Learn the fundamentals of ergonomics in industrial and office workplaces. Discuss medical issues, regulatory strategies, engineering solutions and productivity improvements. If your employees experience problems with lifting, repetitive motion or overexertion, their improper work practices may cause serious and long-term disabilities. A review of safe work practices with a focus on basic ergonomics may help your organization. Develop ergonomic recognition and identification skills necessary for implementation of an overall injury prevention strategy. Discussions and exercises will focus on problem solving in real occupational situations. This is a required course for the Workplace Health and Safety Manager Certificate Program.

Sections of this course open for enrollment:
1.5 quarter units academic credit 1.5

Discover the types of built-in fire protection features and fire and life safety hazards common to the educational and workplace environments. This course features "passive" versus "active" fire protection features, maintenance of exits, knowledge and use of fire extinguishers, impact to and from other occupants, human behavior before and during an emergency, proper storage techniques and services potentially available through local fire departments. This is a required course for the Workplace Health and Safety Manager Certificate Program.

Sections of this course open for enrollment:
1.5 quarter units academic credit 1.5

Is your organization prepared for emergency situations? Does it comply with state and federal laws that require actionable and current emergency response plans? Gain insight into being more proactive in emergency preparedness by developing strategies to help prevent and mitigate hazards, as well as for response and recovery efforts. Discuss key components of emergency response plans and management techniques common to all emergency situations, such as:

  • Natural disasters
  • Fire
  • Security threats
  • Hazardous materials incidents

Expand your understanding with an overview of relevant local and federal government response plans and agencies, the Incident Commands System (ICS), disaster notifications, crisis management skills, decision making under pressure, effective communication techniques and media and public relations factors. This course is required for the Workplace Health and Safety Manager Certificate Program.

Sections of this course open for enrollment:
1.5 quarter units academic credit 1.5

Acquire the knowledge, practical skills and tools you need to conduct incident investigations. Designed with both the novice and seasoned professional in mind, topics in this interactive course include: principles of incident investigation, responsibilities in the investigation process, investigation planning and preparation, the seven steps of initial response, tools and techniques for investigation, the collection and examination of information, root cause analysis, the incident investigation report, and effective real-world corrective actions. 

This is a required course for the Workplace Health and Safety Manager Certificate Program.

This course is not currently open for enrollment.

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