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Safety and Health Management Minor & Certificate

Safety & Health Management

Pursuing the SHM minor and certificate will provide a foundation for students to develop the skills necessary to promote a hazard-free work environment in many industries. Students will gain practical skills to identify and control workplace hazards, to prevent worker injuries, illnesses, and fatalities.

The SHM minor and certificate may be used in combination with many majors to enhance a student’s career opportunities and gain a competitive advantage in the job market. It is an excellent addition for students with majors in aviation management, biology, chemistry construction management, human resources management, industrial engineering technology, information technology & administration management, sociology, psychology, and public health. Job opportunities exist in all occupational settings, including construction, consulting, government, hospitals, insurance, risk management, manufacturing, and retail.


  1. Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms.
  2. Recognize the need to engage in life-long learning in a chosen professional career.
  3. Describe the fundamental aspects of safety and health management.
  4. Identify and apply standards, regulations, codes, and guidelines associated with the safety and health management discipline.
  5. Anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and develop control strategies for hazardous conditions and work practices.
  6. Explain the purpose and operation of insurance.
  7. Develop a workplace emergency management plan.
  8. Design and evaluate an organization’s safety management system using ISO 45001.
  9. Complete safety management training by applying adult learning theories.
  10. Conduct an incident investigation and analysis.

Admission Requirements

The SHM minor and certificate applications are accepted throughout the year, and typically the students start in the fall quarter. Any CWU student interested in improving their career opportunities can obtain the SHM minor and certificate. For details about the application procedures, contact the Prof. Michael Andler at

Graduation Requirements

Students should complete the requirements for the minor and certificate with a 2.0 (on a scale of 4.0) as a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) in the coursework.

Program Requirements

A minimum grade of “C” is required in each of the courses used to satisfy the SHM Minor and Certificate.


Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
SHM 301Fundamentals of Safety and Health Management3
SHM 323Construction Safety and Health3
SHM 325General Industry Safety and Health3
SHM 351Incident Analysis3
SHM 353Risk and Insurance4
SHM 371Emergency Planning and Preparedness4
SHM 474Safety and Health Management Systems4
 Total Credits(21)


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