Month: August 2012

Health, Safety and Higher Learning

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Steve Horvath and Obi Ejim

Steve Horvath with Obi Ejim

Recently I had an opportunity to sit down with professor Obi Ejim, Vice Chancellor of Renaissance University in Nigeria, regarding the establishment of an undergraduate degree program and faculty in Occupational Health at the University.  The needs in Nigeria, and Sub-Saharan Africa in general, are daunting, and CCOHS is proud to support such worthy initiatives that will have a positive future impact in the region.  During our meeting, we established a collaborative memorandum of agreement with the University to support the establishment of a faculty committed to improving the working environment in their region.

And with the looming end to the summer and the imminent start of the new school year, our thoughts here at home also turn to students in pursuit of a post-secondary education in health and safety. Fortunately, there are many institutions across Canada which offer established, comprehensive occupational health and safety degree, diploma, and certificate programs, some of which are also available online.

To help students tap into CCOHS’ extensive network of information and resources throughout their studies and beyond graduation, we created a Student Membership program for full- and part-time students. CCOHS also offers a national scholarship, open to Canadian students pursuing a certificate, diploma, or degree in occupational health and safety.  The Dick Martin Scholarship was established in 2002, and the annual deadline to apply is January 31. Listen to a podcast with two past winners.

CCOHS is committed to supporting the next generation of leaders in workplace health and safety.