Occupational Safety & Health is a highly comprehensive and intricate profession. It involves identifying workplace hazards, assessing the risks associated with job tasks, preparing for safety audits, reporting correct and accurate information to the Department of Labor or more specifically the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The objective of this program is to provide students and current safety managers skills required to perform at various levels within the safety management field. Students may be eligible to receive credit in these areas: industry/workplace training, military training/schooling, and/or civilian education (documents necessary for evaluation must be in the form of professional licensure, industry recognized certificates, military certificates of completion, and/or college transcripts). Documents will be evaluated only upon written student request and only if the student is a degree-seeking student and majoring in the field to which the credit pertains. Credits are awarded based on the American Council on Education ACE Guide. The degree requires a total of 64 credits, 15 of which must be completed with Barton.
2018-2020 Curriculum Guides: Students who enrolled in their program prior to Fall 2020 should use should use the following Curriculum Guide.
2020-2022 Curriculum Guides: Newly admitted or returning re-admitted students for Fall 2020 or later should use the following Curriculum Guide.
The 1-year Certificate Program offers a shorter program to students looking to get into the career field of Occupational Safety & Health. Successful completion of the Certificate program requires a minimum of 18 credit hours. Please note, not all classes listed on the Certificate Curriculum Guides are available in an online format, contact one of our advisors for more information.
The Occupational Safety & Health Industry Certificates (Specialist in Safety & Health) program provides the opportunity for students to gain the skills needed to perform the required duties with in the field of safety management.
Permit Required Confined Space 1.5 Credit Hours This course is designed to enable students to recognize, evaluate, prevent & abate safety & health hazards associated with confined space entry. Technical topics include the recognition of confined space hazards, basic information about instrumentation used to evaluate atmospheric hazards, and ventilation techniques. This course features hands-on exercises on permit entry classification and program evaluation.
Guide to Industrial Hygiene 2 Credit Hours This course is designed for those interested in increasing knowledge of industrial hygiene practices and related to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and procedures. Topics include permissible exposure limits, OSHA health standards, respiratory protection, engineering controls, hazard communication, and sampling. Activities are focused on health hazard recognition and the use of OSHA standards and Safety and Health programs.
Principles of Ergonomics 1.5 Credit Hours This course will familiarize participants with the application of ergonomic principles for the reduction of musculoskeletal stress and strain in the workplace with the goal of controlling or preventing workplace musculoskeletal and nerve disorders. Participants will conduct a task analysis of jobs to identify risk factors and present plans for worker protection.
Fall Arrest Systems 1.5 Credit Hours This course provides an overview of state-of-the-art technology for fall protection and current Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements. Topics covered include principles of fall protection, components of fall arrest systems, limitations of fall arrest equipment, and OSHA policies regarding fall protection. Course features exercises and activities using fall protection equipment.
Electrical Standards 2 Credit Hours This course is designed to provide the student with a survey of Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) electrical standards and the hazards associated with electrical installations and equipment. Topics include single and three-phase systems, cord and plug connected and fixed equipment, grounding, ground fault circuit interrupters, and safety-related work practices. Emphasis is placed on electrical hazard recognition and OSHA policies and procedures. Students will also receive instruction on the safe and correct use of electrical testing equipment.
Excavation, Trenching & Soil Mechanics 1.5 Credit Hours This course focuses on Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards and the safety aspects of excavation and trenching. Students are introduced to practical soil mechanics and its relationship to the stability of shored and unshored slopes and walls of excavations. Various types of shoring (wood timbers and hydraulic) are covered. Testing methods are demonstrated and activities conducted to allow students to use instruments such as penetrometers, torvane shears, and engineering rods.
Hazardous Materials 2 Credit Hours This course provides a detailed overview of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) general industry standards related to hazardous materials. Topics covered include flammable and combustible liquids, compressed gasses, cryogenic liquids, and liquid petroleum. Hazardous processes such as spraying and dipping operations are covered as well.
Machinery &Machine Guarding Standards 2 Credit Hours This course provides instruction provided on the hazards associated with various kinds of machinery and the control of hazardous energy sources. The course presents an approach to machinery inspection that enables participants to recognize hazards and to provide options to achieve abatement. These hazards include mechanical motions and actions created by points of operation and other machinery processes.
OSHA General Industry Regulations 2.5 Credit Hours This course will train students on Occupational Safety and Health Act, (OSHA) regulations pertaining to General Industry standards that are set forth in the Code of Federal Regulations 29, parts 1910, 1903, and 1904.
OSHA Construct Industry Regulations 2.5 Credit Hours This course will train students on Occupational Safety and Health Act, (OSHA) regulations pertaining to construction standards that are set forth in the Code of Federal Regulations 29, part 1926.
Fundamentals of OSHA Construction Industry 3 Credit Hours This course will instruct students on the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) and regulations pertaining to construction standards set forth in the Code of Federal Regulations 29 part 1926.
Fundamentals of OSHA General Industry 3 Credit Hours This course will instruct students on the importance of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) and regulations pertaining to General Industry standards set forth in the Code of Federal Regulations 29, Parts 1910. 1903 and 1904.
Intro to Fire Prevention 3 Credit Hours This course will provide fundamental information regarding the history and philosophy of fire prevention to students through the study of fire codes, identification and correction of fire hazards, and addressing the relationships of fire prevention with built-in fire protection systems, fire investigation and fire and life-safety education.
Practicum in OSHA 3 Credit Hours This practicum focuses Occupational Safety and Health practical experience in work practice controls and hazard recognition. Students will develop for a selected business standard procedures required to identify and correct hazards in the workplace.
Safety Training Methods for Adult Learners 3 Credit Hours Instruction consists of a review and study of the training methods and practices used to develop and incorporate safety job skills in the workplace.
Work Practices Controls/ Safety Audits 3 Credit Hours This course discusses the logical flow of hazard recognition to Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) and development of successful safety cultures and programs that support the management process. Work practice controls and hazard recognition will provide the basic foundation necessary to identify and correct hazards in the workplace.
Workplace Accident Investigation 3 Credit Hours This course provides an introduction to basic accident investigation procedures and describes accident analysis techniques. The focus of the course is to assist students in gaining the basic skills necessary to conduct an effective accident investigation in a workplace. Topics include the primary reasons for conducting an accident investigation, employer responsibilities related to workplace accident investigations, and the six step accident investigation procedure.
OSHA Trainer Course in Standards for Construction Industry 3 Credit Hours This is an advanced course offered through OSHA’s outreach program that prepares and upon successful completion authorizes the student to instruct OSHA’s 10 or 30 hour construction courses.
OSHA Trainer Course in Standards for General Industry 3 Credit Hours This is an advanced course offered through OSHA’s outreach program that prepares and upon successful completion authorizes the student to instruct OSHA’s 10 or 30 hour general industry courses.
Respiratory Protection 2 Credit Hours This course will cover a variety of respirators, fit testing, and respiratory protection written programs for employers. This course meets the requirements of OSHA 2225 respiratory protection.