Environmental Health and Safety Technology, Associate of Applied Science
Is safety your number one priority? Are you analytical, cautious, and efficient? If so, a career in environmental health and safety technology may be the right path for you. This is a specialized branch of the health profession that focuses on the environment of workers. Environmental health and safety professionals strive to find and eliminate conditions in the workplace that may result in injury or disease. This is achieved through a process of anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of the various stresses that contribute to unsafe working environments.
The San Jacinto College environmental health and safety technology program:
- Is multi-disciplinary in nature, providing students with relevant exposure to biological, chemical, physical, mathematical, and health sciences disciplines, as well as a thorough introduction to occupational health and safety concepts;
- Trains students to recognize common occupational safety concerns that deal with safety hazards involved with confined space entry, hazardous energy control, hazard communication, compliance with safety standards, environmental protection; and other areas; and
- Prepares students to perform the following functions: identify and analyze accident and loss-producing conditions; develop accident prevention and loss control methods, procedures, and programs; communicate accidents and loss control data to individuals on a need-to-know basis; and measure and evaluate the effectiveness of accident and loss-control systems.
Our curriculum is modeled from guidelines of the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) and the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP). The ABIH and BCSP began a jointly sponsored certification program through The Council on Certification of Health, Environmental, and Safety Technologists (CCHEST). CCHEST will administer the testing. Students who pass the certification examination and pay the required fees are authorized to use the title Environmental Health and Safety Technologist, and to use the initials OHST after their names. Students may further their studies at a university leading toward Certified Safety Professional and/or Certified Industrial Hygienist.
An environmental health and safety manager heads the modern safety and health team. Depending on the size of the company and the commitment of its management, the teams include positions for:
- Safety/Environmental Specialists,
- Safety/Environmental Engineers,
- Industrial Hygienists,
- Risk Management Specialists,
- Health Physicists,
- Occupational Physicians, and
- Occupational Health Nurses.
The job of the environmental health and safety manager is complex and diverse focusing on analysis, prevention, planning, evaluation, promotion, and compliance. Educational requirements range from technical certificates to graduate degrees. Additional college majors held by practitioners include environmental science, occupational and environmental health and safety, industrial safety and health technology, industrial technology, industrial engineering technology, manufacturing technology, industrial management, and engineering technology.
Occupational Health and Safety Technician median salary: $53,314 per year.1
Source: texaswages.com, Gulf Coast region, 2018
For more information, students may contact 281-476-1501, x1348.
Environmental Health & Safety Technology (EHST) is a specialized branch of the health professions focusing on the environment of workers. Professionals in this field strive to find and eliminate conditions in the workplace that may result in occupational injury or disease. This is achieved through a process of anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of the various stresses that contribute to unsafe working environments.
The EHST program is multi-disciplinary in nature, providing students with relevant exposure to disciplines including biological, chemical, physical, mathematical, and health sciences, as well as a thorough introduction to occupational health and safety concepts. Common occupational safety concerns deal with safety hazards involved with confined space entry, hazardous energy control, hazard communication, and compliance with safety standards, environmental protection, and other areas. Environmental health and safety personnel are expected to perform the following functions: identify and analyze accident and loss-producing conditions; develop accident prevention and loss control methods, procedures, and programs; communicate accidents and loss control data to individuals on a need-to-know basis; and measure and evaluate the effectiveness of accident and loss control systems.
The curriculum is modeled from guidelines of the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) and the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP). Students who complete the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in EHST may qualify to begin the examination process to become a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) through the BCSP. Students may also complete course work at a number of upper-level universities leading toward additional certifications such as the Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) through the ABIH, the Certified Environmental Professional (CEP) through the National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP), the Certified Risk Manager (CRM) through the National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research (NAIER), and many others.
Environmental Health and Safety (EHST) candidates (new or returning) must attend a mandatory EHST program orientation before being allowed to register for program related courses (does not apply to academic courses). Fall entry (August) orientations are held between April and May. Spring entry (January) orientations are held between November and December. The department does not allow new students to enter the EHST program during the summer. Students may contact the Public Safety and Security department for upcoming orientation dates at 281-998-6150, x3686.
Plan of Study
|EPCT 1307||Introduction to Environmental Safety and Health||3|
|OSHT 1309||Physical Hazards Control||3|
|ENGL 1301||Composition I||3|
|MATH 1314||College Algebra (or higher)||3|
& CHEM 1111
|General Chemistry I (lecture)
and General Chemistry I (lab)
|OSHT 1313||Accident Prevention, Inspection and Investigation||3|
|OSHT 2320||Safety Training Presentation Techniques||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Introduction to Speech Communication|
|Business and Professional Speech|
|Select one of the following: 1||4|
|General Chemistry II (lecture)
and General Chemistry II (lab)
|Biology for Science Majors I (lecture)
and Biology for Science Majors I (lab)
|Anatomy and Physiology I (Lecture)
and Anatomy and Physiology I (Lab)
|EPCT 1341||Principles of Industrial Hygiene||3|
|OSHT 2305||Ergonomics and Human Factors in Safety||3|
|OSHT 1307||Construction Site Safety and Health||3|
or ENGL 1302
|Technical and Business Writing
or Composition II
|Language, Philosophy, and Culture (Humanities) or Creative Arts (Fine Arts)||3|
|EPCT 2333||Environmental Toxicology||3|
|OSHT 2401||OSHA Regulations-General Industry||4|
|OSHT 2309||Safety Program Management||3|
|Social and Behavioral Sciences or Government/Political Science or American History||3|
Capstone Experience: OSHT 2309 Safety Program Management
& EMSP 1501
|Clinical-Emergency Medical Technician|
and Emergency Medical Technician 1
|EPCT 1301||Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Training and Related Topics||3|
|EPCT 1305||Environmental Regulations Overview||3|
|EPCT 1311||Introduction to Environmental Science||3|
|EPCT 1313||Contingency Planning||3|
|OSHT 2380||Cooperative Education-Occupational Safety and Health Technology||3|
Both courses required if used to satisfy the elective requirement for Environmental Health and Safety Technology and must be taken concurrently.