NC OSHERC Continuing Education

Fundamentals of Occupational Safety Online

January 10 - May 9, 2017

Fundamentals of Occupational Safety is now being offered online. This course closely follows the Fundamentals of Occupational Safety course that is presented face-to-face at the annual Winter and Summer Institutes, presented by the NC OSHERC at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The online course is a self-paced course to be completed within the dates above. There is a forum for problems and questions relating to the course.

Course Description

This course covers the fundamentals of occupational safety and ergonomics with emphasis on legislation of industrial safety and ergonomic programs, including hazard recognition, analysis, control, and motivational factors pertaining to industrial accident and musculoskeletal disorder prevention.

The course is taught in a series of modules.  Each module consists of all or some of the following components:

The target audience for this course is professionals who have primary or collateral job duties in occupational safety and ergonomics as well as those interested in learning more about this subject.

Grades are based on completing all module readings and assignments and quizzes.  Group projects may be assigned.

Course Faculty 

W. Jon Wallace, CSP, MBA, Partner, Workplace Group, Inc., and Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC


At the conclusion of this course the students will be able to:

  1. Construct a fundamental overview of occupational safety and health and ergonomics and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).
  2. Describe the development of federal safety standards (OSHA), and consensus standards.
  3. Explain the fundamental concepts of occupational safety.
  4. Incident investigation
  5. Personal protective equipment
  6. Recordkeeping
  7. Job hazard analysis
  8. Safety inspections
  9. Electrical safety
  10. Fire safety
  11. Safety meetings/communications
  12. Safety management

Course Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.


ABIH has previously awarded CM credit for this event. The current event contains 34.0 hours which can be claimed for CM credit.

This course may qualify for BCSP Recertification points. See the BCSP Recertification Guide for details, available for download on the Recertification page at

CEUs upon request.

Course completion will also earn two credits toward any NC OSHERC Technician Certificate Program.


Course Resources


Tuition: $990


To register, go to our registration site for this course (below), and click the "Register" button. You'll fill out your information and select your payment method (check, Visa, or Mastercard). Once you've submitted your registration, you will receive a confirmation in your email.

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Once you have registered, you will receive the information that will give you access to Sakai, the learning program used for this course.

Please review our Registration, Cancellation, and Refund Policies.

For further information on this course, contact the NC ERC office at, or call us at 919-962-2101.

Last updated 12/16/2016