The program prepares you for a career in the growing field of Occupational Safety and Health. The code of Federal Regulations (CFR) for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Department of Transportation (DOT) are examined as well as safety regulations of the construction industry. This program provides you with information and training necessary to create a safe work environment and maintain compliance with state and federal regulatory agencies.
What do graduates of the program do?
Graduates oversee and direct an organization's safety program. Develop, implement and manage safety programs, policies, and procedures. Inspect work areas and equipment to ensure compliance with company, state and federal safety policies and regulations.
Responsibilities also include documenting safety inspections, citing dangerous areas/procedures and recommending corrective procedures, and maintaining safety equipment supply and availability. You are responsible for maintenance of safety/accident records and other record keeping requirements mandated by OSHA, EPA and DOT.
What is the job outlook for graduates?
The job outlook for Occupational Safety and Health Program graduates looks very good. Local, state and national employment data indicates significant growth in employment of safety professionals in this and future decades. The need for more qualified safety/environmental professionals will be necessary to control the technological and environmental hazards that will be created in the future. This field will be a secure profession for a long time here in the United States and abroad.
What kind of salary can I expect to make?
Potential earnings upon completion of the OSHA technology program range from $35,000 to $65,000 depending on experience, geographic location and the company for entry-level positions. For an entry-level safety technician, the median salary for East Texas area is $41,000 and the salary for an entry-level safety technician nationally is $56,000 according to the United States Department of Labor. These figures increase with experience in the Safety and Health field.
How long does it take to complete the program?
You can complete the Occupational Safety and Health Certificate (39 total credit hours) in one year or complete the Degree (63 total credit hours) in two years. You can earn your certificate in one year and if you decide you wish to complete the degree, all of your certificate courses count toward your degree.
Business, Management and Safety Department
Phone: (903) 983-8141
Fax: (903) 983-8132
Location: Bonnie Porter Business Administration Building (BA)
Program qualifies for the Texas Two-Step Project.
Credits will apply towards a bachelor's degree.