Occupational Health and Safety Technologist

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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.

OHST candidates:

  • 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.

 

There are important changes that will affect our certification processes in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Find the most recent details on changes to certification processes and/or requirements in the BCSP Current Changes Index.

PDF Library - Application Forms

OHST Application Checklist
 OHST Candidate Handbook
OHST Application Form
OHST Experience Form
OHST Experience Update Form

PDF Library - Professional Development Assistance

Application Fee Waiver Brochure
Department of Veterans Affairs Pays the Costs of a License or Certification Test

PDF Library - Blueprints & Study Guides

OHST Exam Blueprint
OHST Blueprint References

PDF Library - Test Assistance

Self-Assessment Brochure and Examinations Order Form
Computer-delivered Examinations through Pearson VUE
Understanding and Interpreting Your Examination Score

PDF Library - Recertification

 Recertification Guide

PDF Library - Community

OHST Brochure
Certificate Replacement Order Form
BCSP Professional Advancement Mentor Form
 Display and Literature Request Form
BCSP Code of Ethics
Criminal Conviction Policy

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The Value of Safety

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