Occupational Health and Safety Technologist (OHST)

Definition - What does Occupational Health and Safety Technologist (OHST) mean?

The Occupational Health and Safety Technologist designation is given to those who are in the occupational health and safety field and capable of supporting businesses and other employers with their safety needs. An OHST is a professional who works full-time in this field and has completed at least five years of experience through it.

An OHST will be responsible for determining the occupational safety risks in the workplace as well as any hazards that might end up occurring as the workplace is being run. The OHST will also have to evaluate all records relating to incidents, losses and any emergency response plans that have to be drafted up and utilized in the event of an emergency.

Testopedia explains Occupational Health and Safety Technologist (OHST)

An OHST will have to be experienced in the occupational health and safety field for at least five years. Also, the OHST exam from the BCSP must be passed.

Some certificate programs may be used as credits for some of the experience that a person must have in order to become an OHST. For example, certification through the Texas Engineering Extension Service Certified Safety and Health Official program will count for one year of experience.

Also, an OHST must be an Associate Occupational Health and Safety Technologist for a period of time before moving onto the OHST designation. This can be achieved after passing the OHST exam.
An appropriate college degree is also required. An associate’s degree in workplace safety may be the gateway to reaching this certification at the start of the plan.

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