OSH - Program Policies

Detailed below are policies and procedures specific to the Occupational Safety and Health Technology Program not outlined elsewhere on the web site. These include Transfer Credit Policies, Course Substitutions, Supervised Learning Experience Requirement, Occupational Safety and Health Internship, and Refunds and Census Date.

Transfer Credit Policies:

Please note that all transfer credits must have been completed at a regionally accredited institution of higher learning or during military service, showing on an official transcript sent directly to Trinidad State from the educational institution or military educational service (mail to: Trinidad State, 600 Prospect St., Trinidad, CO, Attn: Christy Holden; email christy.holden@trinidadstate.edu). Only courses directly applicable to the OSHT degree or certificate requirements will be applied to those requirements; for example, credits for History or Art classes, in addition to any others not specifically listed on the OSHT certificate or AAS degree requirements, will not apply. Credits more than 10 years old may not be accepted for transfer unless a degree was earned; this depends on the class. Grades must be "C" or higher to be acceptable for transfer.

Additionally, portfolio credits from other institutions will NOT be accepted as transfer credits; however, students may submit portfolios to Trinidad State for approval per the Prior Learning Assessment Credit guidelines.

Course Substitutions:

To ensure consistency of completion of the required course work for the degree, the only course substitutions that will be accepted are transfer courses determined to be higher level than the required courses as published. For example, CHE 101 Intro to Chemistry I is required; a transfer course equating to CHE 111 General College Chemistry I would be an acceptable substitution. Please note that biology courses cannot be accepted for chemistry courses, or sociology for psychology, as other examples. If you have questions about whether a course may transfer, email the OSHT advisor, Jocelyn King.

Supervised Learning Experience Requirement:

In addition to completion of online course assignments, students will also apply learning relative to principles of safety and health in a non-academic setting through supervised field-based experiences which are incorporated into various OSH online courses. These supervised learning experiences will require students to locate a mentor having significant experience in the subject area addressed by each individual course / mentor-required assignment.

The courses requiring a mentor are: OSH 125 Construction Industry Standards, OSH 145 Fire Safety, OSH 146 Hazardous Materials, OSH 156 Environmental Regulations, OSH 215 Accident Prevention, OSH 226 Intro. to Ergonomics, OSH 245 Safety Program Management, OSH 248 Safety Training Methods, and OSH 256 Industrial Hygiene Instrument Lab.

Some instructors require students use a Certified Safety Professional as their mentor, such as for the OSH 245 course; or a Certified Industrial Hygienist, for OSH 256. Other instructors will accept a mentor with specific experience, such as an ergonomist for OSH 226. The first unit / module in each course will typically outline the expectations for that particular course. Some courses do not require working in the actual company of the mentor, but allow for completing the mentor supervision via email, as in the case of program development/review.

All courses that include a supervised learning experience require instructor pre-approval of the student’s selected mentor prior to completion of the supervised learning experience assignment.

Some good places to locate a mentor are the web sites for the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (you can search their CSP database by state; the results will show the cities each CSP resides in), the American Society of Safety Engineers (you can search for a local chapter and attend a meeting to make contacts or call/email the chapter officers for assistance), and the American Industrial Hygiene Association (they have a similar database as the BCSP’s, for Certified Industrial Hygienists). After networking to locate a mentor, should you have trouble locating someone meeting the required qualifications, your instructor can provide assistance.

Although students sometimes express initial resistance at having to locate a mentor to work with, they eventually find that not only is the field experience beneficial for application of the classroom theory to the workplace, but they are also able to make contacts with safety and health professionals that may continue to provide mentorship and possibly help with future job connections.

Occupational Safety and Health Internship:

The Occupational Safety Internship, OSH 281, provides the occupational safety and health student an opportunity to earn up to 12 credit hours through job experiences. This is NOT Prior Learning Assessment Credit (see link to the right) OR credit for work currently being performed.

Well-defined learning objectives must be established between the student, their employer / supervisor, and the OSHT Program Coordinator to provide a new learning experience that is directly related to one or more of the required or elective OSH courses. Credits earned through the Occupational Safety Internship may then be substituted for course requirements and are applied directly toward an Associate of Applied Science Degree or Certificate in the OSHT Program. Students are awarded 1 credit hour for every 45 hours of work experience directly related to the learning objectives for the internship.

For further information or to register for an internship, contact the OSHT Program Chair, Jocelyn King, 719-680-6572. PLEASE NOTE: Students should have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours of OSH courses toward the AAS degree or 12 credit hours toward the Certificate before registering for an internship. Approval in writing by the OSHT Program Chair is required prior to enrolling in the internship.

Refunds and Census Date:

If a student officially drops from classes prior to the class census date, a 100% refund of tuition will be made. There will be no refund if the student withdraws after the class census date (the last day to drop). The census date for OSH and general education classes offered through TSJC Online is posted on the Trinidad State Academic Calendar, while the census date (last day to drop) for general education courses offered via CCCOnline is on the CCCOnline Courses / Academic Dates table. Students are advised to bookmark these pages for future reference.