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Occupational Safety (Minor)

A minor in occupational safety is available in the environmental and occupational health program and requires a minimum of 12 semester hours of ENVH courses in safety. The minor in occupational safety is designed to prepare students to meet safety standards and guidelines in such areas as business, education and industry with the goal of managing operations to minimize financial losses resulting from accidents, health claims, legal actions and property damage. It is especially attractive to students in majors such as engineering, occupational and technical studies, and business who may reasonably anticipate assignment of safety as an additional duty.

Occupational Safety (Minor)


Description


What is Occupational Safety at ODU like?

A minor in occupational safety is available in the environmental and occupational health program and requires a minimum of 12 semester hours of ENVH courses in safety. The minor in occupational safety is designed to prepare students to meet safety standards and guidelines in such areas as business, education and industry with the goal of managing operations to minimize financial losses resulting from accidents, health claims, legal actions and property damage. It is especially attractive to students in majors such as engineering, occupational and technical studies, and business who may reasonably anticipate assignment of safety as an additional duty.

Program Highlights


What makes Occupational Safety at ODU unique?

  • This minor prepares the students for positions in occupational safety and health, environmental safety and health, industrial hygiene, and government safety positions. Courses target safety management, hazard control, and safety regulations and laws.

  • Students practice management techniques through solving 12 Safety Dilemmas posed in a scenario as if the student were an industrial Safety Manager.

  • Students can gain hands-on experience with occupational safety equipment during the Principles of OSH course.

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

This interdisciplinary minor has benefited graduates, qualifying them for positions with the general industry, contractors, construction companies, and various government agencies.  Several of our graduates with this minor have gone on to work for shipyards, major industries such as Boeing and Exxon-Mobile, the Federal Aviation Administration, NASA, and consulting firms.

Occupational Health and Safety Technicians

$74,370 (Approx)

MEDIAN SALARY


Collect data on work environments for analysis by occupational health and safety specialists. Implement and conduct evaluation of programs designed to limit chemical, physical, biological, and ergonomic risks to workers.

Occupational Health and Safety Specialists

$74,370 (Approx)

MEDIAN SALARY


Review, evaluate, and analyze work environments and design programs and procedures to control, eliminate, and prevent disease or injury caused by chemical, physical, and biological agents or ergonomic factors. May conduct inspections and enforce adherence to laws and regulations governing the health and safety of individuals. May be employed in the public or private sector.

Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors

$92,190

MEDIAN SALARY


Promote worksite or product safety by applying knowledge of industrial processes, mechanics, chemistry, psychology, and industrial health and safety laws. Includes industrial product safety engineers.

Emergency Management Directors

$81,140

MEDIAN SALARY


Plan and direct disaster response or crisis management activities, provide disaster preparedness training, and prepare emergency plans and procedures for natural (e.g., hurricanes, floods, earthquakes), wartime, or technological (e.g., nuclear power plant emergencies or hazardous materials spills) disasters or hostage situations.

Courses


What are some courses offered in Occupational Safety at ODU?

ENVH 407:
Occupational Safety Standards, Laws and Regulations


A review of the important Occupational Safety and Health Standards and Codes with particular emphasis on application of these codes to typical work situations. Governmental enforcement methodologies are also discussed. Prerequisites: junior standing.

ENVH 425:
Occupational Safety and Health Program Management


The establishment, implementation and maintenance of occupational safety and health programs. Paradigms of safety, techniques for safety training and creation of value for safety among business managers and employees are emphasized. Prerequisite: ENVH 406 or permission of instructor.

ENVH 426:
Physical Hazards and Their Control


An in-depth examination of the varied types of physical hazards in the work environment and the methods of prevention, recognition and control. Prerequisites: junior standing.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Occupational Safety at ODU?

For completion of the minor students must have a minimum overall cumulative grade point average of 2.00 in all courses specified as a requirement for the minor exclusive of prerequisite courses and complete a minimum of six hours in upper-level courses in the minor requirement through courses offered by Old Dominion University.

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 360

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,032

Active Duty Military Rate


Per Credit:

$ 250

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 407

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Scholarships


Scholarships are available for Bachelor of Science Environmental Health (B.S.E.H.) students annually averaging $1000-$2000.

Next Steps


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Master Lecturer and BSEH Advisor


Name:

Charlene Brassington


Location:

3121 HEALTH SCIENCES BLDG, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-6706


Undergraduate Admissions


Location:

1004 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-3255


Email:

admissions@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Additional Programs


Are there other programs at ODU I may be interested in?

With over 120 undergraduate programs, 130 graduate programs at the master'seducation specialist and doctoral levels plus a wealth of certificate and professional development programs, Old Dominion University has the program for you. Visit our academic program listing page to see other programs ODU has to offer.

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