Occupational Safety & Health

Focused on Workplace Safety

Join a cohort in one of approximately three dozen colleges in the U.S. to offer a STEM-based associate’s degree in the field of industrial health and safety! You will prepare to apply basic health and safety principles including physics, engineering and a variety of technical skills to support a variety of industries to identify and mitigate hazardous materials, ensure worker health and maintain worksite safety standards.

Classes are designed to prepare you to professionally:

  • address industrial and construction safety
  • conduct inspection, monitoring, testing and sampling
  • identify and mitigate physical, chemical and biological hazards
  • correctly utilize equipment and calibrate
  • utilize personal safety and protection
  • prepare thorough reports


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Applicant essays should address the items listed below and include any other relevant information you wish the review committee to know. Essays may be created in Microsoft Word or other program, then copied and pasted into the field below.

  1. Why you intend to pursue an education in Occupational Safety & Health.
  2. Your short- and long-term career goals.
  3. How will you balance your personal life (work, family, etc.) while attending college classes four evenings per week?
  4. How will your background, experiences and education contribute to the diversity of the workforce?

Industry Focused Education

All classes are taught by professionals currently working in the Occupational Health & Safety industry. Classes are offered in a variety of formats, face-to-face, hybrid and online. You can choose to enroll full- or part-time. You may take individual courses offered as components in the OSH degree plan for:

  • continued education
  • degree exploration
  • personal enrichment
  • professional promotion

To inquire about enrollment, send a message to cteFREECOLUMBIA_BASIN.

Internship / Industry Project

Experience in industry or an enhanced understanding of a specialized topic is a requirement of all students who complete this program. Faculty and industry partners work to assist you to secure a short-term internship or work experience opportunity during the final quarter of your studies. The internship requires a maximum of 156 hours in industry, an enforcement agency or a consultation services setting.

Industrial Health and Safety at CBC

Depending on program enrollment or industry need, there may not be placements for all students. If you don't have a suitable internship, you are able to complete the credit requirements with an Industry Project class. In this class, you will build a project that enhances your knowledge of working in the commercial safety industry with a faculty mentor.

Program Learning Outcomes for Occupational Safety & Health Technology

Program learning outcomes are the knowledge, skills, and abilities that students will achieve before they graduate. The outcomes below were developed by the faculty in the program with input from accrediting bodies, advisory committees, employers, etc. This collaboration ensures that the outcomes are relevant for careers that this degree leads to.

Students graduating with an AAS in Occupational Safety & Health Technology will be able to:
  1. Perform basic occupational safety and health functions.
  2. Apply a working knowledge of mathematics, sciences and other related disciplines to conduct experiments and to analyze and interpret data to solve occupational safety and health-related issues.
  3. Identify, formulate and solve applied science problems, using the techniques, skills and modern tools necessary for professional practice.
  4. Apply the principles of industrial hygiene and toxicology, and use fundamental exposure measurement techniques.
  5. Evaluate the relevance of contemporary issues in occupational safety and health.
  6. Identify principles of professional and ethical responsibility for occupational safety and health professionals.
  7. Apply principles of occupational safety and health through mentored supervised learning experiences.


Students walking around CBC's Pasco campus