Workplace Health and Safety Manager Certificate Program

Workplace Health and Safety
Program at-a-Glance
Complete in as few as 28 months
9 classes
$5,640

Become a Health and Safety Leader

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. 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.

What You’ll Learn

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. You’ll learn how to:

  • Examine the critical health and safety issues of private business, industry and government
  • Establish and manage a proactive health and safety program
  • Use regulations as tools to identify and control hazards
  • Investigate causes of accidents when they occur so as to prevent them from happening again

What You’ll Get

Our program offers:

  • UC-quality courses that are approved by the Public Service Committee of the Academic Senate at UC Davis
  • One-on-one interaction with veteran safety professionals from a variety of industries
  • Unique networking opportunities with instructors and fellow students that can help advance your career
  • Class projects and case studies that provide dynamic, real-world training in emerging best practices and new health and safety theory
  • Practical planning knowledge and regulatory updates that can be applied immediately to your job

3-Year Certificate Agreement

Thinking about earning your Workplace Health and Safety Manager Certificate? If you started the certificate by taking a core class after September 1, 2018, agree to complete the entire program in three years or less and we will cover the cost of your final course (up to a $675) and waive the $125 registration fee. Learn more.

  • $64,590 is the average income for an Occupational Health and Safety Specialist (Glassdoor)
  • Occupational health and safety jobs are expected to grow by 8% through 2026, which is on par with the national job growth rate (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Top five states for occupational health and safety employment: Texas, California, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

You must complete 15.75 units of required core coursework with grades of “C” or better.

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.

For additional information about our enrollment policies, please click here.

Required Courses

Emergency Preparation and Management
Quarter 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.

Course Code
501232
Ergonomics in the Workplace
Quarter 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.

Course Code
163740
Fire and Life Safety Awareness
Quarter 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.

Course Code
163860
Industrial Safety Hazard Control
Quarter 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.

Course Code
378900
Health and Safety for Workers: Laws and Regulations
Quarter 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.

Course Code
154120
Introduction to Industrial Hygiene
Quarter 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.

Course Code
500130
Health and Safety Management and Program Development
Quarter Academic Credit
3

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.

Course Code
163830
Incident Investigation Techniques
Quarter 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. Guest experts will present special topics.

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

Course Code
153980
Industrial Hygiene Sampling and Monitoring Instruments
Quarter 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.

Course Code
500129

Required Courses

Required Courses Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
Emergency Preparation and Management 1.5 Classroom Classroom
Ergonomics in the Workplace 1.5 Classroom Classroom
Fire and Life Safety Awareness 1.5 Classroom Classroom
Industrial Safety Hazard Control 2.25 Classroom Classroom
Health and Safety for Workers: Laws and Regulations 1.5 Classroom Classroom
Introduction to Industrial Hygiene 1.5 Classroom Classroom
Health and Safety Management and Program Development 3 Classroom Classroom
Incident Investigation Techniques 1.5 Classroom Classroom
Industrial Hygiene Sampling and Monitoring Instruments 1.5 Classroom Classroom
  • At Your Own Pace: Take individual courses for a total cost of $5,640, depending on when you enroll.
    • A one-time, non-refundable registration fee of $125 must also be paid in order to receive your certificate.
  • 3-year Accelerated Path: Agree to complete the entire program in three years or less and we will cover the cost of your final course (up to a $675) and waive the $125 registration fee. Learn more.
  • Textbooks and parking are not included in the tuition fee.

For information about financing your education, please click here.

Ready to advance your career? Pick the option that best suits your needs and your lifestyle:

  • Register. Fill out a brief certificate registration form. By doing so, you declare your intent to complete the program in 5 years or less, lock in program requirements and will be contacted by a program adviser who will work with you to map out your academic path.
  • 3-year Accelerated Path. Fill out a brief form and you will be contacted by a program adviser who will work with you to map out your academic path. Agree to complete the program in three years or less, and the registration fee ($125) and the cost of your last course will be waived (up to a $675 value).
    • Please note: the 3-year accelerated path option is only available to new students. If you have taken one or more courses towards the Workplace Health and Safety Manager Certificate Program, you will be required to cover the full cost of the program, and pay the $125 registration fee, in order to receive your certificate.
  • Enroll in an individual course. Check out individual courses that are currently open for enrollment. Courses will be applied to the program if you later decide to complete your professional concentration.
  • Sign up for an information session. Learn more about the program by enrolling in a free information session. If an information session for this program is not currently open for enrollment, click on “notify me,” and we’ll contact you when the next one becomes available.

Questions? We’re here to help. If you’ve got a question, email us or call (530) 757-8895.