Virtues of UFred’s OHS education spreads worldwide

Eldeen Pozniak talks up UFred's OHS programs from Australia to Alaska

Eldeen Pozniak, Director of Pozniak Safety Associates, also acts in the capacity of OHS Business and Academic Development for the University of Fredericton’s (UFred) online School of Occupational Health and Safety (SOHS). Throughout 2018, she has travelled to Australia, New Zealand, and crisscrossed the U.S. and Canada. While delivering keynote speeches and presentations on the importance of health and safety education in the workplace, she often highlighted UFred’s OHS programming and curriculum.

The year started in Saskatchewan, where Pozniak and UFred participated in the Saskatchewan Industrial Safety Seminar. Leading up to and following the seminar, a plan was formulated to provide the province’s Workers’ Compensation Board with Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace courses, a partnership agreement that was signed into effect in December.

Throughout her keynote speeches and presentations, Pozniak focuses on two key ways to ensure safety in the workplace:

  1. Have good safety management systems within organizations with the appropriate roles, responsibilities, accountabilities and program initiatives; and
  2. Educate safety practitioners and professionals on the core competencies, capabilities, information, knowledge and the skills necessary to practice the craft and practice it well.

She says UFred can help provide those assurances globally through the sound programming offered and that it continues to build. The School of OHS offers high-quality, applied-practices programs in specialized managerial, professional, technical, and service areas. The programs are delivered fully-online, making it convenient for working professionals to have a career, social life, and other commitments, but still attain an education that can be put to use in real time.

“That’s why travelling throughout North America and around the globe has been so important – to have those conversations with organizations and end users who work at it every day. It helps with everything from needs assessment to curriculum input, as well as to work with them to form partnerships to meet their specific organizational and company needs,” Pozniak said.


Pozniak has been meeting with other organizations within Canada to build potential partnerships with as well.

“The goal is to make our education reflect the capabilities that are necessary within their industry sectors and within the health and safety professional arena. And to see what we can do for individual organizations specifically,” she said.

Part of the conversation with various industries and companies around the globe has been researching bodies of knowledge, documents, certifications, and accreditations, all to ensure that UFred programs meet international standards.

“We want the information and the applied technologies that we are putting into our courses to reflect the field need and the accreditation needs of both current and future programs,” Pozniak said.

She’s also been helping facilitate mutually beneficial relationships for UFred, like one with the Safety Institute of Australia, which publishes many bodies of knowledge. UFred’s Advanced Certificate in Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace curriculum and information are being considered within their research.

Conversations continue with the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) in the U.K. about how UFred’s curriculum meets the Board’s syllabus and eventual certification for its courses.

We’re continually looking for ways to partner with health and safety organizations around the world to ensure the OHS practitioners and professionals have the capabilities necessary to practice our craft successfully.

Pozniak and UFred have also been helping larger organizations map their own internal professional development pathway tracks to the International Network of Safety and Health Practitioner Organization’s (INSHPO) framework. INSHPO is the global voice for the occupational safety and health profession and acts as a forum for international collaboration among professional organizations to improve safety and health at work.  The goal is to support the INSHPO framework through UFred’s existing and future OHS programming, as articulated in the historic signing of the Singapore Accord.

Shawna-Raye Endresen, UFred’s OHS Business Development Manager, says that in her 10 years of experience with OHS at UFred, she has seen tremendous growth in the industry. To keep up with this growth, Endresen noted that UFred has applied to the province of New Brunswick to offer an associate degree and a bachelor’s degree in OHS.

With Pozniak’s input, UFred also created the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) Pathway, which enables students to work towards newly elevated educational requirements for CRSP certification as well as the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professional’s new certification, Canadian Registered Safety Technician.

Endresen added that UFred is proud to collaborate with leading industry experts such as Pozniak to help in the education of OHS professionals.

“Working with Eldeen has enabled us to expand our partnerships, create new partnerships and continue to establish our global presence. The changing landscape and global expansion of OHS have made partnerships with such organizations as INSHPO, NEBOSH and IOSH essential to everyone’s success,” Endresen said.

Pozniak says that with the possibility of UFred offering associate and bachelor degrees in the near future, the university will have a great professional development laddered pathway, from certificate entry level all the way to the master’s program.

“For organizations, they can identify the level of skills and knowledge necessary for their positions and have a plan put in place to develop that.  Our various certificate courses and future electives will also be great continued professional development units for those with designation requirements or specific topical needs,” Pozniak said.