Should I take an online course for a career in Occupational Health and Safety?


Hi guys, I am a 22 year old girl from Ontario, Canada working as a front store manager for a pharmacy. I was accepted into the Online Occupational Health and Safety program at Herzing College which starts in a week. The school is recognized according to BCRSP and I would be getting a diploma in one year.
I am just a bit scared because this is quite a big investment for me and I have nobody to ask if this is a good decision or not.
I don’t really know what I am doing and some encouragement or advice would be great.
Thank you.

Jen Kirley

Quality and Auditing Expert
Welcome to The Cove Andrew!

Do you mean Herzing University or Herzing College?

Herzing University seems to be well regarded, and has "brick and mortar" campus which helps with credibility for those of us who just can't let go of the old model.

As for Occupational Health and Safety, are you planning on staying in Ontario? I have let Indeed help me with job decisions; it looks like there are opportunities up there.

The most important thing is how you feel about it. Is health and safety your idea of a fulfilling thing? Like QA, it's the kind of field not everyone would feel satisfied in. It requires a lot of caring and perseverence. Depending on the employer, it can be frustrating (just as QA can be) if top management is not fully supportive. There are lots of shoulds versus shalls, and trying to get it done based on return on investment if it isn't enough to keep employees safe and well.

I guess you can tell that over the years I have grown a tiny bit cynical... but if it's right for you it's the right thing to do. After all these years in QA (and a number in OH&S too) I can't imagine myself being anything else.

Bill Levinson

Industrial Statistician and Trainer
OH&S is a good field, and Pennsylvania Training for Health and Safety (PATHS) has free 1-hour online courses that I recommend very highly. These are informative as opposed to for-credit, but you can learn a lot from them.
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