The UWI-OESH Programme

Titus Gordon, Air Jamaica

quote I acquired new information and gained hands-on practice — equipping me with the necessary skills to lead and break new frontiers in my career as an Occupational Safety and Health practitioner — guided by caring hands that ensured my success.

Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health Manager,
Air Jamaica Limited.

Developed in 2005 with support from the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica (EFJ), UWI's Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health (OESH) programme is a collaborative effort among the Chemistry Department, the Department of Community Health and Psychiatry and Mona School of Business (MSB) . It addresses the growing requirement for all employers, managers, supervisors, policy makers and public leaders to have a functional awareness of the key issues related to environmental and occupational safety and health. It draws on the expertise from the labour movement, industry, governmental ministries of Labour and Health, National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) and Jamaica Employer’s Federation (JEF).

The UWI Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health (OESH) programme offers professional development in the field of OESH through undergraduate, postgraduate and general interest courses.

These programmes prepare graduates for work in such key areas as:

  • Enforcement (to ensure compliance)
  • Research
  • Consultancy, Technical Service and Entrepreneurship
  • Teaching
  • Training
  • Organizational Systems and Practice
  • Policy and Standards Development

Key competency outcomes are:

  • recognition of OESH challenges
  • evaluation of OESH challenges
  • management and control of OESH challenges
  • development, design, implementation and management of complex OESH programmes
  • provision of high level leadership in research and policy-making

Undergraduate Programme

The Bachelors Programme delivers the knowledge and skills to apply OESH competencies in business enterprises and government agencies. These generalists are able to develop, implement and manage basic programmes and to assist in the provision of training and consultancy services.

Postgraduate Programme

The Masters Programme prepares persons to develop, design, implement and manage complex OESH programmes and systems. Graduates are able to provide consultancy services and education. The Doctoral Programme prepares persons to provide high level leadership in OESH research and policy design, implementation, analysis and evaluation.

Short Courses

Short professional development courses focus on the reduction and prevention of workplace accidents as well as organizational compliance with the anticipated OSH legislative framework.


Page last updated: 2008-10-23