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Bachelor of Science in
Safety Management

Safety Management graduates are in-demand candidates in industrial markets around the world. According to the International Labor Organization, roughly 317 million accidents occur on the job each year. The Bachelor of Science in Safety Management program from Embry-Riddle Worldwide is designed to create world-class leaders, managers and practitioners who want to design safer workplaces, ensure employee wellness, conduct safety audits, and otherwise address industry hazards.

With the help of the Safety Management faculty, students will develop not only technical understanding and expertise, but also a practical and analytical approach to problem solving that will allow them to address a range of industry-related safety challenges.

The Safety Management program is a Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) Qualified Academic Program (QAP). QAP is an academic degree program in safety, health and/or environmental practices meeting BCSP standards for participation and whose curriculum has been reviewed as showing a substantial match to the Associate Safety Professional (ASP).

The bachelor's degree in Safety Management is designated as a Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) program. A GSP is a designation available to safety degree graduates from degree programs that meet BCSP QAP standards. The GSP program is an alternate path to the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and does not replace other paths. The GSP is not a certification.

Benefits of GSP designation are:

  • Recognition for being in a path toward the CSP certification
  • Recognition for the level of preparation for professional safety practice
  • No GSP application fee
  • A waiver of the ASP examination requirement for CSP eligibility
  • A certificate awarding the GSP designation

The Safety Management bachelor's program is also an Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM) approved Associate Safety and Health Manager (ASHM) Program. Graduates from the BSSM program apply for the ASHM credential upon graduation. The ASHM designation is an important stepping stone to the accredited Certified Safety and Health Manager (CSHM) certification. Students achieving a degree from an approved ASHM institution only have to demonstrate two years of experience, instead of four, to sit for the CSHM exam. In addition to the Board of Certified Safety Professional's Graduate Safety Professional (GSP) designation, students can add the ASHM designation behind their name, signifying to employers their level of preparation for the safety and health profession they are on the path for full certification.

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About Safety Management at the Worldwide & Online Campus

The Bachelor of Science in Safety Management was established to help graduates meet critical safety challenges within an ever-changing regulatory environment. The program is designed for active duty military and working professionals – such as mid-level industry researchers, managers and safety specialists who seek to advance their careers. The bachelor's degree in Safety Management is an approved Category I – AU-ABC Program and appears in the Air Force Virtual Education Center (AFVEC) for selection.

High school students interested in pursuing a challenging career that can have a positive impact on people’s lives will also enjoy this degree program as well.

The objective of the Safety Management program is to develop the next generation of safety managers who will be responsible for making workplaces safer and more responsive to hazardous situations and emergency events.

The degree will combine state-of-the-art safety research and curriculum with a strong core of general studies.

Students have the opportunity to choose any Minor Course of Study. See the available minors. 

After the completion of the BSSM program, the graduate should be able to:

  • Apply a broad educational background to influence and achieve the OSH goals and objectives of their employers.
  • Effectively communicate and collaborate within a diverse work environment.
  • Work in an ethical and professional manner.
  • Engage in professional development to demonstrate competency, ensure relevancy in knowledge and skills, and maintain currency in changing industry trends.
  • Anticipate, recognize, evaluate, prevent and control hazards to better ensure safe workplaces and implement best practices.
For students wanting to pursue a master's degree, the BSSM-MSOSM 4+1 program is now available to all students in the BSSM program.
  • Upon acceptance, students spend three academic years in undergraduate-level study, and during their senior year will take up to three graduate-level courses that will meet the undergraduate 400 level elective and graduate program core requirements (GPA restrictions apply).

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