Why study Occupational Health and Safety?
Occupational Health and Safety is an area that has the objective of protecting the employees of an organization and company from accidents, illnesses and other occupational hazards.
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The Occupational Health and Safety career aims to create a healthy and solid work environment. For this reason, someone who studies this career must have an interest in guaranteeing the employees of an organization or a company health and protection at work.
A company needs to ensure this health and protection to all employees whether for financial, moral or legal reasons. When a company guarantees total safety for its employees, it avoids all the expenses that are usually caused by work accidents, which are usually very high. On the other hand, there are moral reasons to guarantee the safety of the workers of a company; Companies must protect their employees from accidents and illnesses that may occur through the fault of the company. Finally, in most countries there are laws that govern the safety standards that companies must meet to protect their employees. This implies that there are sanctions that affect companies when they do not comply with the security standards established by decree.
What kind of people might this career be interested in?
To study Occupational Health and Safety it is very important that you have an interest or purpose in helping to improve occupational health and safety within a company or institution. Whoever studies this career must be a person involved in improving the working conditions of workers in any sector, as well as having an interest in improving all the strategies in this field. Thus, the students and professionals of this career have to be people who have a high interest in improving society, especially in the workplace.
What kind of work does someone who has studied Occupational Health and Safety do? What is the scope of the race?
Strategies on occupational health and safety usually depend on the sector to which the company or institution belongs. However, those who study this career can work in practically any sector and institution or body, be it public or private. This, because strategies to improve the health and safety of workers are necessary in all sectors, although these are different for each sector or dependency. This, because the work carried out in a textile factory is different than in a rubber factory or in a school or town hall. However, all of them need an occupational safety strategy.
In which sectors are Occupational Health and Safety professionals required?
As we have mentioned before, Occupational Health and Safety professionals are required in all sectors. Although, among all the industry stands out, they are also necessary both in the service sector and in the primary sector. Currently, more and more people work in the service sector, therefore, more and more strategies are needed for this sector, which are very different from those required in industry or in agriculture or fishing.
In which universities can I study Occupational Health and Safety?
In Spain, the greatest offer that exists on Occupational Health and Safety is at the postgraduate level and there are several universities that offer this master: University of the Basque Country, Autonomous University of Madrid, Autonomous University of Barcelona, University of Barcelona, Rey University Juan Carlos, University of Alcalá, University of Salamanca, University of Extremadura, Complutense University of Madrid, etc.
In Argentina: Universidad Argentina De La Empresa, Universidad De Belgrano, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Universidad Nacional de la Matanza, Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia San Juan Bosco, Universidad Nacional de la Plata, Universidad Nacional de la Rioja, National University of the South, Higher Institute of Health Sciences, etc.
In Colombia: ICESI University, Universidad del Valle, Universidad Autónoma de Colombia, Universidad del Norte, etc.
In Venezuela: Central University of Venezuela, Institute of Higher Studies in Public Health ‘Dr. Arnoldo Gabaldón ‘(IAESP), Center for Studies in Workers’ Health, etc.
In Mexico: Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Universidad del Valle de México, Universidad Veracruzana, Universidad Valle de Bravo, Universidad de Quintana Roo, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, etc.