Course Syllabus

---Note: This course code has changed from HS 486 to OSH 486. You may occasionally see references to the old course code or title.


When you complete this training, you will be able to do the following:

  • Identify occupational safety hazards and risks.
  • Write occupational safety programs.
  • Conduct an occupational safety inspection and write a safety report.
  • Perform presentations of their work for simulated companies.

NOTE: The OSHA 30 Card is not available to online students due to OSHA's in person contact hour requirements.


This three-credit course is designed to help you develop an understanding of basic occupational safety and health terminology, principles, and practices through educational and practical activities.

Learning Model Architecture

The training activities follow a weekly cycle of Prepare, Teach One Another, and Ponder and Prove.

Prepare: You will prepare by completing readings and coursework activities.

Teach One Another: You will teach others in your training group by creating and distributing a safety fact sheet. You will teach someone in your community about safety.

Ponder and Prove: You will analyze case studies and create recommendations. You will collect examples of important safety issues each week. You will demonstrate your skills by recognizing hazards in photos, writing a series of safety programs, and completing an inspection.

General Course Overview

Each week is unique, but there is a common structure to most weeks. In a typical week, you will complete the following assignments:

  • Read selected pages from the OSHA Digest and review other provided resources about the week's topic.
  • Practice hazard identification using photos.
  • Use trainee developed safety fact sheets and the weekly reading assignment, identify important safety issues, and record them in a weekly safety journal. Provide examples of how the safety issues would be seen in the workplace.
  • Analyze 1–2 case studies each week.
  • Write a safety and health management program or develop training and teach a friend or family member. (NOTE: These activities generally alternate weeks.)

You will be assigned to create one Safety Fact Sheet during the term.

Toward the end of the semester, you will conduct a safety inspection of a commercial building.

The final assignment is a final exam.


No prerequisites are required for this course.

Required Materials

You will use the OSHA General Industry Digest as the text for this course (free download).

Time Commitment

The online class policy is that for every credit hour, you should expect to spend three hours of work per week. Therefore, in this three-credit course, you should plan on spending about nine hours per week on your coursework.

Grading Policies

Each graded assignment generates points. There are 1200 points possible. 

Letter Grade Percentage Range
A 100% –93%
A- 92% – 90%
B+ 89% – 87%
B 86% – 83%
B- 82% – 80%
C+ 79% – 77%
C 76% – 73%
C- 72% – 70%
D+ 69% – 67%
D 66% – 63%
D- 62% – 60%
F below 60%

  • A represents outstanding understanding, application, and integration of subject material and extensive evidence of original thinking, skillful use of concepts, and ability to analyze and solve complex problems. The student demonstrates diligent application of Learning Model principles, including initiative in serving other students.
  • B represents considerable and significant understanding, application, and incorporation of the material that would prepare a student to be successful in next level courses, graduate school, or employment. The student participates in the Learning Model as applied in the course.
  • C represents sufficient understanding of subject matter. The student demonstrates minimal initiative to be prepared for class. Sequenced courses could be attempted, but mastering new materials might prove challenging. The student participates only marginally in the Learning Model.
  • D represents poor performance and initiative to learn, understand, and apply course materials. Retaking a course or remediation may be necessary to prepare for additional instruction in this subject matter.
  • F represents failure in the course.

Proctored Exams and Assessments

This course will use an online proctoring software called Proctorio. This makes it possible for students to take assessments and exams without a human proctor present. Proctored exams can be accessed like any other exam, once the software has been installed. Exams will be recorded by Proctorio and reviewed by the BYUI Testing Center. Any questionable exams will be forwarded to the instructor for further review.

For step-by-step instructions on Proctorio installation, please refer to this help guide article (Links to an external site.).

Late Work

As a sign of professionalism and respect, you are expected to complete your work on time.

Unless late work is already specified in an assignment's rubric, assignments turned in within a week of the due date will be accepted with a 20% reduction in score. Assignments submitted after one week will not receive any points. 

Late discussion posts will not be accepted.

The Final Exam and the Inspection Report will not be accepted after the end of the semester.

University Policies

Students with Disabilities

Brigham Young University-Idaho is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere that accommodates qualified persons with disabilities. If you have a disability and require accommodations, please contact the Disability Services Office at (208) 496-9210 or visit their website and follow the Steps for Receiving Accommodations. Reasonable academic accommodations are reviewed for all students who have qualified documented disabilities. Services are coordinated with students and instructors by the Disability Services Office.

This course may require synchronous meetings. If you are currently registered with the Disability Services Office and need an interpreter or transcriber for these meetings, please contact the deaf and hard of hearing coordinator at (208) 496-9219.

Other University Policies

Student Honor and Other Policies

Please read through the document called University Policies. It gives important information about the following topics:

  • Student Honor
    • Academic Honesty
    • Student Conduct
      • Sexual Harassment
  • Student with Disabilities
  • Complaints and Grievances
  • Copyright Notice

Go to the Student Resources module to review further resources and information.


The instructor reserves the right to change any part of this Syllabus at any time during the semester in order to adapt to changing course needs. You will be notified prior to any changes that may take place.

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