Texas A&M University-Texarkana's Office of Extended Education and Community Development will offer two occupational safety programs in February.
The Certified Occupational Safety Specialist and Certified Occupational Safety Manager programs will be held Feb. 5-9 and 19-23 on the campus, 7101 University Ave.
The curriculum-based programs build a solid foundation in general industry and construction knowledge for the beginning safety practitioner as well as the experienced safety professional.
These programs meet requirements outlined in the American National Standards Institute's Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health and Environmental Training Standard.
The courses consist of 40 hours of hands-on, instructor-led learning, delivered by OSHA-authorized trainers and are designed to equip workers with the core competencies they need to succeed in occupational safety and health. The manager course requires the completion of the COSS course prior to taking the COSM.
COSS graduates will be able to determine the true cost of accidents; calculate total recordable incident rates; search company and public records to assess where the likelihood of an accident may lie; master the use of the Code of Federal Regulations (construction and general industry); identify hazards, determine regulatory requirements, implement corrective actions and train personnel in required changes; complete risk analyses for key jobs and processes; perform thorough accident investigations; develop and implement a safety audit and inspection program; communicate corporate safety initiatives and goals; and develop and maintain company safety plans and manuals.
COSM graduates will study areas of Essentials of Safety Management; Strategic Planning & Evaluating for Safety Success; Managing Risk & Safety Finances; Communicating the Safety Message; and Injury Management, Incentives & Discipline.
Cost of the course and materials is $1,699. To register, contact Shelley Caraway at