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The Environmental Health & Safety Technician provides supervisory level training from our industry experienced and certified instructors through a variety of theory and hands on training. Get the skills and certifications needed to prepare you for a career across many industries at home in Nova Scotia or across Canada in Health & Safety and Environmental Services.

Health and Safety Technicians work with specialists in conducting tests and measuring hazards to help prevent harm to employees, property, the environment and the public. Technicians supports a safe working environment by maintaining OHS administrative processes, conducting training and using processes and common practice solutions to OHS hazards.

 Occupational health and safety technicians work in a variety of settings, such as offices, industrial or manufacturing sector, construction and many other areas.  Often, their jobs consist of fieldwork and travel.

METI’s Environmental Health & Safety Technician training program responds to the demands of employees in the area of health and safety. Students completing their training graduate knowing how to interpret and reference OHS legislation, develop OHS Programs, conduct audits and inspections of existing OHS and environmental programs, and design and deliver effective OHS training programs to staff for their employers.

The EHST Program meets the formal education requirements for certification with the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP) for the Canadian Registered Safety Technician (CRST) certification program.

Whether you are upgrading your current skills or beginning a new path, METI will help you get your career started.

Bravo-Target Safety recently held a Career Fair at METI and this group Environmental Health & Safety Technician Graduates who attended the career fair were offered safety positions. These positions range from Safety Watch, Safety Equipment Technicians to Lead Safety Positions.

Why Choose METI?

Our programs are recognized and trusted by employers.

They know that you’ll be ready for the job when you leave our campus!

Our team cares about your success.

We understand that not everybody learns the same way. All of our instructors have industry experience and will work with you to make sure you’re prepared for your career.

You’ll become part of the METI family.

Your future is important to us. Upon completing your program, we’re always available to help you connect with industry and provide resume support and advice.


EHST Program Description

Section 1 – Occupational Health & Safety Regulations and Requirements

  • Orientation
  • Occupational Health & Safety Representative
  • Standard First Aid, Level C w/ CPR & AED (2 Day)
  • Joint Occupational Health & Safety Representative (JOHS)

Section 2 – Construction Safety

  • Fall Protection
  • Confined Space Entry
  • Confined Space Rescue
  • Hoisting & Rigging
  • Lock Out-Tag Out
  • Basic Blue Print & Plan Reading
  • Basic Frame Scaffolding Erector & User
  • Power Line Hazards

Section 3 – Oil Sands Safety

  • Common Safety Orientation (CSO)
  • Energy Safety Canada Fall Protection
  • OSSA Confined Space Entry & Monitor
  • CSTS (Construction Safety Training Systems)
  • OSSA Fire Watch (Spark Watch)

Section 4 – Respiratory Safety Training

  • Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE/APR)
  • H2S Alive (Energy Safety Canada)
  • Gas Detection
  • Nitrogen Safety 

Section 5 – Computers & Career Development

  • Introduction to Computers & Career Development

Section 6 – Road Safety

  • Traffic Control Person (TCP)
  • Temporary Workplace Signage (TWS)
  • Alberta Flag Person
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG)

Section 7 – Driving & Operating

  • Forklift Operator Safety
  • Elevated Work Platform (Boom Lift)
  • Skid Steer Operator Safety 

Section 8 – Remediation Studies

  • Asbestos Abatement
  • Lead Abatement
  • Microbial Remediation (Mold Abatement)
  • Radio-logical Safety
  • Blood-borne Pathogens

Section 9 – Environmental Safety

  • Hazardous Waste Worker
  • Phase 1: Environmental Site Assessment
  • Underground Storage Tank Removal (UST)
  • Trenching & Excavating
  • Ground Disturbance II

Section 10 – Safety & Environmental Leadership

  • Hazard Assessment
  • Incident Investigation Training
  • Hazard Management Process (FLHA, JHA, JSA)
  • Effective Supervision & Communication
  • Substance Abuse & Awareness Prevention
  • Workplace Violence & Harassment (WVH)
  • Safety Supervision & Management Systems
  • Safety Auditor
  • Hazardous Waste Supervisor

What to Expect

  • Instruction from industry-experienced and certified instructors
  • Training in a variety of safety-sensitive work practices
  • Skills that are in high demand
  • Skills that can be applied in a variety of industries
  • Supervisory level training and certification
  • Training in a modern facility
  • Training in the usage of a variety of equipment

Did you know? METI’s instructors Harold, Blaine, Keith & Adrian are graduates of our Environmental Health & Safety Technician(EHST) Diploma? All obtained field experience and are now part of the team at METI. Maritime Environmental Training Institute is proud that a large part of our team are METI graduates.

I received confirmation from the university today regarding transfer credits. Again, fantastic news based on METI quality courses.  METI has been the best training I have taken to date and since has helped me toward achieving my goals. E.g. CRSP designation (2014) and will complete my Degree in OHS over the next 6 months due to the quality of training METI provided and transfer credits allotted based on the high standards.”

What Do You Need To Apply?

  • A completed application form
  • An updated resume
  • A transcript of Grade 12 marks (or GED) OR take a Scholastic Level Exam (SLE) at our campus
  • An interview with our admission team (Skype, Google Hangouts or telephone interviews may be an option)

Application and Financing Options

Our Admissions team is here to help you with any enrollment questions you have about the APPLICATION PROCESS,  and to provide information about FINANCING OPTIONS that may be available to you.  Contact our admissions team today: 902-539-9766, (toll free) 1-877-800-6384 or email training@metiatlantic.com

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Next Start Date: March 16, 2020

End Date: July 24, 2020

Duration: 18 Weeks (675 Hours)

Total Cost: $8750.00

Please contact us at
(902)-539-9766, send us an email
training@metiatlantic.com or drop by our office at 301 Alexandra St, Sydney NS
for more information.

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Another Environmental Health & Safety Technician success story. Tim tells his story of now working in the Film and Television Industry.

“Timothy Ryan 5 years ago, I found myself at a crossroads- wondering what I would do career-wise, as the repetitive circle of what I knew- what I was comfortable with doing- was not paying the bills.
I wasn't happy.
I took the chance of enrolling in the Environmental Health and Safety Technician program.
It wasn't easy. It wasn't hard. I just put myself to the task of completing the program, and taking one day at a time, one class at a time.
Believe me, I never have excelled at school, that's for sure.
The instructors of this program were all genuine, good hearted people. They were all Industry professionals who took the time to help myself and fellow classmates, as at times, we all needed it.

After graduating, no, this program did not "get me a job".
What it did do, was give me the skills, certifications, and attitude necessary for success.
Having employable skills, and certifications gives you a competitive edge over anyone else.

Upon completion of the program, I found almost instant employment with one of North America's leading health and safety companies. This job not only opened doors for me but let me see the infinite possibilities available to someone like myself, with employable skills and training.

Then... I watched the oil and gas industry fall apart. The economy crumbles.
Did I go down without a fight? Absolutely not. I adapted.
I found myself now working high rise tower construction in Vancouver, British Columbia. I purchased my first new vehicle. A high-end luxury 4x4. Things were finally happening for me.
With employable skills and certifications, I quickly picked up on new trades and opportunities, I found myself once again stepping out of my comfort zone- and sent an application into a union for something I never would have even dreamt of doing 5 years ago- the Film and Television Industry.
Fast forward to today- I am now a full union member of IATSE Local 891 in Burnaby BC as a rigger. (Rigging Grip). My day consists of building staging, scaffolding, operating on-set equipment in a safe and professional manner, ariel platform use and operation, pretty much everything camera and lighting related. I have worked directly with A-list celebrity talent, and have worked major feature films for Warner Bros, Universal Pictures, Paramount, and Netflix to name a few.
Every day I use skills learned at METI, throughout my years in the Oil and Gas industry, and the construction industry.
I am now employed not only in a generous 6 figure career, but a career I love.
I look forward to going to work.

I owe a huge part of my success, to the team at METI, as well as Mr. Joe Pembroke for giving me an opportunity to take ahold of my life- and my career. Thank you.

No, this program will not "get you a job".
It will provide some skills- so you can get your SELF a job. None of my success came easy. I worked for it. And so, can you...

Thanks again METI. I’ve been meaning to update you all of what I’ve been up to since we last spoke. I’ll try and pop into the school and say hi this June.”

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The following additional courses have been added to our calendar.

March 3 – OSSA Elevated Work Platform
March 5 – H2S Alive

Please call 902-539-9766 (Toll Free 1-877-800-6384) or
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