Occupational Health and Safety Technologist
The Occupational Health and Safety Technologist (OHST)
Occupational Health and Safety Technologists are persons who perform occupational health and safety activities on a full-time or part-time basis as part of their job duties. Some examples of occupational health and safety activities (also performed by loss control specialists) are making worksite assessments to determine risks, potential hazards and controls, evaluating risks and hazard control measures, investigating incidents, maintaining and evaluating incident and loss records, and preparing emergency response plans.
- May work part-time or full-time in occupational health or safety (35% is the minimum)
- Have duties that require technical skills and knowledge in occupational health or safety
- Must have five years of experience in occupational health or safety
- Must pass the OHST examination
Candidates may substitute college courses in health and safety or an associate degree or higher in certain disciplines for some or all of the experience requirement. Degrees that may be substituted for experience are noted in BCSP's education standards. Students in associate or higher degree programs in occupational safety and health may sit for the examination during their last semester.
To retain the OHST certification, individuals must:
- Pay an annual renewal fee
- Meet Recertification requirements
The OHST program is nationally accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).
Eligibility and Examination
Candidates must meet the following requirements to be eligible to take the OHST examination:
- Candidates must have a High School Diploma/or GED and
- If a candidate has no college experience, they need need five years of safety and health work experience with at least 35% of primary job duties involving safety and health or
- If a candidate has an associate’s degree or higher*, they may substitute their degree for an amount of experience as further detailed in the OHST Candidate Handbook.
* Degrees that may be substituted for experience are noted in BCSP's education standards.
OHST Review and Study Sources
Because candidates for BCSP examinations often ask where to locate review courses and study materials, BCSP maintains a list strictly as a courtesy. For a detailed list, click on the Review and Study Sources page. Additionally, BCSP has created a Library of Safety Practice containing the most up-to-date source material for every domain on the exams.