Certificate in Health, Safety and Environmental Processes (CHSEP)

Background and Purpose

The online Certificate in Health, Safety and Environmental Processes (CHSEP) is the product of extensive collaboration with OSHE professionals in the workplace. Professionals from across North America have participated in the program’s curriculum development process.

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This collaboration ensures that the range of skills and knowledge provided in the online CHSEP program are effectively equipping today’s OSHE practitioners with the necessary and relevant competencies they require. Also, the curriculum is not limited to a particular jurisdiction’s legislative framework; rather, it is a far-reaching collection of ‘best practices’ as identified by OSHE professionals from a wide range of jurisdictions and legislative backgrounds.

The online CHSEP program is unique among other OSH certificate programs, in that, its focus is on the essential process skills required to succeed as an OSH practitioner in your jurisdiction, rather than just focusing on the technical aspects of the field. CHSEP participants will develop their ability to identify, prioritize and manage workplace risks, thereby making a significant contribution to their organization’s goals.

What does a CHSEP student look like?

CHSEP is targeted at learners from mid-level managers to front-line workers in every industry and sector, with students in North America, Asia, Eastern Europe, South America, Southeast Asia, Arctic regions, and beyond.

These students represent:

  • Mining
  • Construction
  • Petroleum
  • Forestry
  • Healthcare
  • OHS regulators
  • Military
  • Electrical and communications utilities (including nuclear facilities)
  • Transportation (road, sea and air)
  • Federal, provincial and municipal governments
  • Retail/wholesale retailers
  • Warehousing and distribution networks
  • OHS consulting
  • Engineering
  • Education (primary, secondary and post-secondary)
  • And more

Interested in your CRSP Designation?

The University of Fredericton (UFred) is excited to offer an innovative CRSP Pathway to students seeking to obtain the CRSP designation. Students would enrol in the Certificate in Health, Safety, and Environmental Management (CHSEP) and then proceed through the Diploma in Safety, Health, and Environmental Management (SHEM). UFred has mapped current educational offerings to meet the requirements of the CRSP, which came into effect July 1, 2018, and will continue with future competencies and degrees.

The Online Experience

The online CHSEP program is the first OHS-related certificate that is offered entirely through web-based interactive instruction. This delivery method provides the student with a quality educational experience that appeals to a wide range of learning styles.

Here are some additional benefits to online learning:

  • It is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can access your learning at your convenience from home, office or any other location that has an Internet-connected computer.
  • CHSEP online courses provide instruction that can be delivered ‘just in time’ -when particular knowledge or skills are required to complete a task. The courses are designed to require frequent user input that receives immediate feedback.
  • Everything you need to accomplish the learning objectives is provided via internet delivery.
  • Sponsoring agents realize substantial savings in training costs, reductions in training time, elimination of travel requirements, plus improvement in staff retention and productivity.
  • The open registration format of the CHSEP program frees you from traditional academic calendar schedules, giving you the freedom to learn when it best suits your schedule.

Prior Learning Assessments

Through the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) program, potential participants of the CHSEP program have an opportunity to receive acknowledged course completion for related previous learning.

Read more about PLAs and whether or not you may be eligible



Program Outline and Courses

The Foundation Courses equip learners with the ‘boot camp’ skills needed to effectively provide entry-level safety services in any industry. Understanding the basics of incident causation, organizational behaviour, risk assessment, occupational hygiene, environmental ecology basics and models of safety management are not options – they are required skills for today’s safety practitioner.


CHSE 0100 – Management and Organizational Behaviour

Organizations “think” and “feel”, just like individuals. It’s not enough to simply speak the language of management. Effective interaction now demands that one is able to “think” from a management perspective.

Introduction to Management and Organizational Behaviour
Planning: Forecasting the Future
Organizing: Making the Pieces Fit
Leading: Motivating Towards Excellence
Controlling: Minding the P’s & Q’s
Healthy Organizational Change
Doing It Right: Ethics & Social Conscience
Teamwork: Effective Work Groups
Communication and Conflict Management

CHSE 0200 – Incident Causation and Investigation

What an organization “believes” about the causes of accidents drives the corrective actions they take, or don’t take. Traditional causation models focus largely on “unsafe acts and conditions”. These models often result in labour/management confrontations with management blaming workers and workers blaming management. In this course, learners will learn a “systems-failure” model that engages all stakeholders, and shifts from a “blame-based” approach to a more progressive and effective accident causation belief system.

Types of Investigation
Incident Causation Models
Relationship Between Causation Belief and Organizational Culture
Accident investigation (1)
Accident investigation (2)
Accident analysis
Developing Recommendations
Linking investigation to organizational values

CHSE 0300 – Risk Assessment

Identifying, prioritizing and managing risks to prevent accidents and injuries is much more cost effective than administering losses. This course examines several basic risk assessment skills and tools that enable employees closest to risks to deal with them proactively. Learners will also discover how to apply these tools by becoming familiar with the process, needed resources, and practical examples for each method. Fostering collaboration among stakeholders to identify and prioritize workplace risks provides the focus and intended outcome for learning and applying these tools.

Identifying, Prioritizing, and Managing Risks vs. Reacting to a Loss or Regulatory Intervention
Risk Assessment
Introduction to Inferential Statistics for OSHE
Job Hazard Analysis
Gap Analyses and Perception Surveys
Fault Tree Analysis

CHSE 0700 – Approaches to Safety Management

A fundamental requirement of any management system is the establishment of means to adequately prevent losses to the organization’s resources. In most jurisdictions, a primary focus of any “safety” program is compliance with regulatory standards. This is typically an ineffective approach to reducing workplace losses. The field of health and safety has matured, and offers a variety of approaches to accomplishing this prevention goal.

Approaches to Safety
OSHE Program Components
Hazard Recognition and Assessment
Hazard Control
OSHE Policy Development
Implementing OSHE Programs
Typical OSHE Programs
Issues in Safety Management

CHSE 0900 – Occupational Hygiene

Workplaces typically represent many unseen but highly hazardous risks. These include air quality, sound pressures, temperature extremes, workstation design, and more. Knowing basic identification and management principles to deal with these common workplace hazards will enable a much more effective health, safety and environmental management program.

Fundamental Concepts and Principles
Routes of Entry of Harmful Agents
Temperature Extremes
Biological Hazards
Methods of Control
Personal Protective Equipment

CHSE 1205 – Environmental Management Foundations

Without question, we must all learn new skills to enable appropriate stewardship of our environment. This may well be one of the most important challenges facing this generation across the globe! An effective health, safety and environmental management program integrates stewardship of people, property, environment and processes into one seamless entity.

Development of Environmental concerns
Human Activity and the Environment
Understanding Ecological Concepts and Principles
Major Environmental Problems
Hazards, Fate and Effects of Pollutants
Hazardous Chemical Management

Advanced Courses

The Advanced Courses prepare learners for leadership roles in OSHE by enhancing critical thinking and developing advanced process skills.

Applied Certificate (475 Hours including Foundations Courses)
CHSE 0400, CHSE 0800 and the Guided Practicum are required, plus three electives to earn the Applied Certificate in Health, Safety, and Environmental Processes (Applied CHSEP).

Certificate (420 Hours)
CHSE 0400 and CHSE 0800 are required, plus four electives to earn the Certificate in Health, Safety, and Environmental Processes (CHSEP).

CHSE 0400 – Effective Workplace Training

People – sometimes referred to as ‘human capital’ – are the most under-utilized resource in the developed world. People are our most valuable resource, yet we often do not do a good job of equipping them with the intellectual and practical skills they need to perform optimally. We believe that effective workplace training tools – and the ability to implement intelligent training strategies – are key tools for effective leadership.

Training and Organizational Effectiveness
Adults as learners
Training and Learning Styles
Analyzing Training Needs
Establishing Learning Outcomes
Evaluating Learning Achievement
Delivering Training From a Distance

CHSE 0500 – Due Diligence and Compliance

Litigation for workplace losses can reach into the corporate boardroom, and cut deeply into the corporate treasury. Basic principles of applying due diligence and compliance with health, safety and environmental standards are provided.

Due Diligence as a Legal Defense
The Internal Responsibility System
The Risk Management Process
Risk Identification, Assessment and Prioritizing
OSH&E Strategic Planning
OSH&E Organizing and Leading
OSH&E Controlling

CHSE 0600 – Total Quality Management

TQM embodies the goal of continuous improvement with the spirit of empowerment, which are primary shifts required in the emerging economy. Effective health, safety and environmental leadership programs will recognize and apply the strengths of TQM to address issues in those work areas.

Systems Thinking – A Profound Change
Performance Measurement
Employee Focus
Customer Focus
Process Management
Strategic Planning
Implementing TQM

CHSE 0800 – Ergonomics Foundations

This course is for occupational health and safety professionals and allied health professionals who aim to prevent and reduce musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in their own, or their clients’ workplaces. Many occupational health and safety practitioners are often faced with ergonomics issues as they deal with the negative outcomes from poor physical design of workstations and workplaces. The course will focus on resolving the issues that may arise from un-ergonomic design of the workplace. It will provide you with practical processes, tools and understanding for preventing work related musculoskeletal disorders such as back injuries and upper extremity repetitive strain injuries. This course also aims to provide necessary additional skills required for the successful practice of ergonomics in the workplace. It provides a framework to understand what ergonomics processes need to be in place, as well as how to carry out some of these processes including how to perform a risk assessment and implement successful ergonomics solutions. The expectation is that this course will give you enough of a background to implement successful MSD prevention and reduction projects. Familiarization with this topic has become increasingly important given the inclusion of ergonomics regulations in occupational health and safety acts as well as standards and best practices. Only by demystifying ergonomics and implementing practical processes and evidence-based solutions, can we get a handle on the high number of MSDs we see in the workplace. This course is here to help you do just that.

Introduction: Intervention
Physical Demands Analysis
Musculoskeletal Disorder Hazard Identification
Ergonomics Risk Assessment
Ergonomics Assessment Checklist
Computer Workstation Ergonomics
Preventing Lower Back Injury
Risk Control for Musculoskeletal Disorders

CHSE 1000 – Workplace Wellness

We humans are complex creatures. When we’re healthy, we’re able to contribute richly to personal and corporate goals. If some part of our being is not healthy, it impacts our whole life. Many variables in our lives and our workplaces impact that state of “wellness”. Understanding those variables, and having some tools to manage their impact, are key to a highly effective health, safety and environmental management program.

Whole being model of “wellness”
Psychosocial Risks
Workplace violence
Healthy Behaviour Change
Nutrition and Performance
Anger Management
Employee Assistance Programs
Disability Management

CHSE 1100 – Program Ownership and Motivation

Traditional health, safety and environmental management programs are “owned” by senior management. Organizational cultures are undergoing massive changes, and traditional approaches no longer apply in many sectors. Effective health, safety and environmental management programs are driven by all stakeholders that are impacted by them, in most cases, this means that those on “the shop floor” must learn new process skills to enable their participation. As well, managers must learn to develop high-trust relationships with employees, and to develop and create a working environment where these new skills are consistently expected and rewarded.

Programs: An Introduction
Employee Program Ownership
The Responsibilities of Ownership
Motivational Theories and Practice
Developing People and Organizations Through Learning
Benefits of Shared Ownership
Leading the Shift to Shared Ownership

CHSE 1210 – Environmental Management Applications

A continuation of CHSE1205: Environmental Management Foundations, this course is designed to provide the basic knowledge and skills needed to initiate and maintain an environmental management program.
The focus in this course is on the management of specific environmental hazards, and the common tools and processes used in environmental management.

Common Environmental Management Processes
Tank Systems Operation and Management
Hazardous Material Emergency Management and Contingency Planning
Tools for Environmental Management
Environmental Monitoring
Environmental Performance Measures
Environmental Reporting

CHSE 1300 – CHSEP Independent Study

From time to time, learners will find certain subject matter of particular interest to them, and want to explore it further. Although this can be done independent of the CHSEP program, it may be possible to achieve credit for this independent study, providing the direction and content of the study is consistent with the goals of CHSEP. This elective option is for learners who wish to drill down into a topic to meet personal learning needs specific to their own operational environment. In this course, learners will establish their own learning goals, review a text(s) and review journal articles related to their learning goals, and write a paper outlining what they’ve achieved. Supervision is provided through each of these phases, and the final grade is weighted to recognize efforts in each of these tasks.

CHSE 1500 – Emergency Planning

Workplaces can be dangerous places. Risks from within and without can result in serious loss of life, property and process interruption. A reasoned, carefully planned emergency response plan is like a fire extinguisher. You hope and pray you’ll never need it, but if you do, it has to work properly at that moment. This course equips learners with the basic tools needed to design and implement a practical emergency planning program in any setting.

Introduction to Emergency Planning
Preliminaries to the Planning Process
Developing and Implementing the Plan
Exercising, Evaluating, and Maintaining the Plan
Core Elements of Emergency Management
Community Outreach and Public Relations
Hazard-specific Information and Planning Considerations

CHSE 2000 – Guided Practicum

Upon completion of five (5) Advanced courses (or equivalent), learners wanting to earn their Applied CHSEP will undertake a Guided Practicum. Here, students will choose from four options, including development of a comprehensive program in a particular context, a detailed program addressing a particular risk issue, development of a business case for their current OSHE Program, or another similar option.

The Practicum will be evaluated on the basis of application of content from the courses, additional research, and the utility of the project. Learners will be coached through the entire process, starting with a review of a proposal, and feedback at key points through the entire Practicum project.

Awards and Recognition

The School of Occupational Health and Safety at UFred was selected as a Readers’ Choice award winner in Canadian Occupational Safety (COS) magazine. To read the full Readers Choice Awards edition of Canadian Occupational Safety, click here.


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