Professional & Continuing Studies

Nationally recognized COSS training offered August 21-25 in Newark

The nationally known Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS) course will again be offered in Newark this summer, through a University of Delaware partnership with the Delaware Valley Safety Council (DVSC). The intensive five-day course takes place August 21-25.

A free online information session is being held on Wednesday, Aug. 9 for interested participants to learn more about the COSS program, as well as other occupational safety programs offered through PCS and DVSC.

Taught by an authorized OSHA Outreach and COSS certified trainer, the COSS program is designed to equip safety professionals with the core competencies of occupational safety and health. Participants learn how to recognize hazards, understand and interpret OSHA requirements and effectively manage a workplace safety and health program.

“The main goal of the COSS program is to provide workplace safety practitioners with the training they need in order to manage safety at their jobsites or workplaces,” explains Brian McClafferty, executive director of Delaware Valley Safety Council (DVSC). “Those critical responsibilities include jobsite analysis and identification of workplace hazards, and the ability to put a safety plan in place that addresses those hazards and risks.”

The Delaware Valley Safety Council provides a wide range of safety training programs in the region, recently partnering with UD’s Division of Professional and Continuing Studies to offer COSS training in Delaware.

The COSS course consists of 40 hours of hands-on instruction, and addresses the psychology of safety, the true cost of an accident, hazard recognition and how to start a workplace health and safety program. The course is designed as an entry level program as well as a refresher for experienced safety professionals, and is applicable to a wide range of industries.

Participants who successfully complete the program earn the nationally-recognized Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS) designation, which is endorsed by the American Association of Safety Councils and the American Council for Construction Education.

COSS is the only non-degree occupational safety program to receive a national endorsement from the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE), the certifying body for construction education for colleges, universities and technical/trade schools.

The upcoming COSS program offered August 21-25 consists of five full-day sessions at UD’s Professional and Continuing Studies location at 501 South College Ave., Newark.

Additional occupational safety programs offered this fall include the Certificate for Occupational Safety Managers (COSM) and Safe Supervisor programs, both held in Newark.

For more information or to register, or to RSVP for the Aug. 9 virtual information session, visit or call 302-831-8837.


PHOTO: Graduates of the April 2017 Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS) program offered through UD and the Delaware Valley Safety Council earned the nationally-recognized COSS designation. [Photo credit: Wenbo Fan]