Deadline for applications: 8 January 2016

Distance learning course on occupational safety and health

The general objective of this course is to develop the knowledge and the understanding for managing the occupational safety and health (OSH).

This programme is addressed to participants of both developing and developed countries, who will thus have an opportunity to share their different experiences. The course has been designed for engineers, physicians, chemists, inspectors and other civil servants, or simply OSH practitioners interested in increasing their knowledge of and competency in occupational safety and health.

Participants will have access to an on-line platform through which they will access the training modules and a documentation centre allowing them to expand their knowledge about specific topics.

At the end of the programme, participants are expected to be able to:
● organize the efforts of an enterprise to improve its OSH;
● formulate, implement and evaluate a safety and health management plan for an enterprise, incorporating essential OSH concepts and fundamental techniques of OSH management;
● manage the resources to conduct the required prevention activities to manage OSH;
● advise employers and workers on OSH technical requirements and on the decisions to be made for an adequate management of the OSH.

The course includes the following 8 modules:
● Module A1: Introduction to the occupational safety and health;
● Module A2: Occupational Safety;
● Module A3: Occupational Hygiene;
● Module A4: Occupational Medicine;
● Module A5: Occupational Psychosociology and Ergonomics;
● Module A6: Organization of OSH at the enterprise level;
● Module A7: Participatory approaches for the improvement of the working conditions;
● Module A8: Organization of OSH at the national level (Safestart).

Participants have to study the modules, pass examination tests and prepare assignments for each module, as well as participate in a technical forum in which they will interact with other participants. They will receive continuous support from tutors with expertise and professional experience in the subject matter and in facilitating distance learning.