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Occupational Health & Safety

Workplaces can be dangerous places. But it's not always obvious to the people who work there, or the people who visit them. In the field of OH&S you'll learn how to identify and research occupational hazards and risk management processes to ensure workplaces stay safer.

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    Best for undergraduate health services and support education, including teaching quality, learning resources and student support.

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You can start with a Graduate Certificate in OH&S, and progress through to a Masters degree. You'll then be qualified to design and implement an occupational health and safety management system for an organisation.

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OH&S specialist stream caters to workplace safety law changes

From January 1, 2022 there will be changes to the WA Work Health and Safety Act (2020) that increase duty of care responsibilities for workplaces and for OHS professionals. In response to the anticipated need to upskill people in OHS-related roles, we've created a specialist stream within our online Graduate Certificate course.

In this stream, you'll study one core unit in Workplace Health and Safety Law, plus two elective units from a range of topics tailored to varying OHS roles and responsibilities. View course page.

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Student stories

  • The opportunity to conduct OHS-related research was a fantastic experience

    All of the lecturers have remarkable academic and industry backgrounds, and while my course was primarily online, the lecturer support and ongoing contact I received was outstanding.

    Kim McClean
  • The ECU course is flexible and I can study it online

    I'm really passionate about the safety and health of employees in a workplace. I was already in the field when I commenced this course and I wanted to enhance my professional learnings.

    Having an accredited course is really important given the professional recognition that it provides. The other great thing is that I can study online at convenient times.

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