Industry Overview

Safe and healthy working environments – in Ontario, that’s not just a dream, it’s the law.

In 1990, the Occupational Health and Safety Act was changed so that every workplace in Ontario is required to plan and put into practice an occupational health and safety (OHS) policy. In recent years, there has also been a shift in attitudes among employers and workers: more people than ever before recognize that work-related injuries and illnesses are totally unacceptable.

As a result of these legal and cultural changes, OHS professionals are in high demand.

Working in OHS

Some people who work in the OHS field deal with environmental problems while some deal with security concerns. Others focus on disability management and workers’ compensation issues. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

There are also just as many job titles for health and safety professionals as there are workplaces and areas of expertise. Typical job titles include:

  • Health and Safety Assistant
  • OHS Administrator
  • OHS Coordinator
  • OHS Director
  • OHS Manager
  • OHS Officer
  • Risk Manager

There’s something in OHS for everyone!

Professional Certification

The Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals administers Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) certification. Our Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety and Advanced Safety Management meets the Board’s educational requirements for seeking CRSP designation. Gaining this widely recognized and respected credential is a great way to demonstrate your professional commitment to eliminating hazards in the workplace to employers and the wider community.

Occupational Health and Safety-Related Organizations

We are fortunate to have many industry partners that are involved in OHS education and training. Some can even help you with bursaries and job placement assistance.

Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

Infrastructure Health & Safety Association (formerly Construction Safety Association of Ontario)

Ontario Ministry of Labour

Workplace Safety and Insurance Board

Workplace Safety and Preventions Services (formerly Industrial Accident Prevention Association)