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Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) concerns the application of scientific principles to understand the nature of risks to the safety and health of people in workplaces.
Occupational health and safety is a multidisciplinary profession with applications in most industries and commerce.
You will learn to understand the OHS and occupational hygiene principles and be able to apply these in a range of organisational contexts.
The program focuses on the science and technology of risk management through assessment and evaluation of hazards and development of specific control mechanisms.
Learn how to apply a risk management model to hazards in the workplace, allowing you to recognise the context, evaluate the risk, and generate control solutions. You will use the model of OHS Professional Practice for problem solving which involves gathering information about the issue, diagnosing the issue, developing and implementing appropriate interventions, and evaluating their effectiveness, all the while communicating with relevant stakeholders.
You will develop advanced knowledge in:
- the global concepts of health, safety and work, and the implications that these have in organisations
- the socio-political and organisational context in which work occurs and how this impacts work design and its effects on the workers
- the causes of fatalities, injuries and ill health arising from work
- recognition of hazards, assessment and evaluation of their risk, and development of suitable controls
You will learn to apply these concepts in a range of contexts, allowing you to develop confidence and proficiency in your professional OHS and occupational hygiene practice. Many of your assessments will incorporate Work Integrated Learning (WIL) by focusing on OHS issues in your work situation.
Courses are delivered in intensive mode (full days) at the beginning of each semester to accommodate students working full-time.
There may be the option to complete the program full-time. Please contact the Program Coordinator to discuss.
The program is taught in block mode during one week per semester at the RMIT City campus, with online support and weekly online tutorials. All lectures and materials are provided online.
In some courses there is a need for practical utilisation of instrumentation to measure workplace hazards, and this is done on an agreed practical day during the semester. RMIT has a purpose-built OHS laboratory containing the latest measurement equipment.
Many of the assignments used for assessment purposes will be based in your work organisation to ensure that theory is directly applied to practical applications.
RMIT is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
Many assignments are designed to put theory into workplace practice providing an education that is directly applicable to your role as an OHS professional.
Graduates find work within industry, government, service organisations, consulting or in workers' compensation insurance companies.
Generalist practitioners are called health and safety executives (HSE), OHS managers, risk managers, OHS coordinators or safety officers.
Positions with additional environmental responsibilities are known as EHS or SHE (safety, health and environment) managers or coordinators.
Professional recognition and accreditation
The Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety is accredited by the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board.
Graduates are eligible for professional membership with the Safety Institute of Australia, the body representing OHS professionals and practitioners. With three years of appropriate experience graduates can become a Chartered Professional Member (CPMSIA).
Application has been made with the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists for accreditation of the Occupational Hygiene minor within the Master of OHS program.
Program and course information
Protect workers from injury and illness
Work within industry, government or service organisations to ensure the community safety.