Free OSHA Safety Training Classes Offered in San Diego and Hawaii


UC San Diego’s OSHA Training Institute Education Center is hosting the 2017 Pacific Coast Safety Fest on March 79 at two regional locations

SAN DIEGO (Feb. 10, 2017) – From small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, organizations with robust workplace safety programs can reduce worker injuries and boost their bottom lines.

That’s good news considering that more than 3 million American workers reported on-the-job injuries last year costing employers nearly $200 billion, according to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

To help improve workplace safety and enhance employee productivity, UC San Diego Extension is inviting regional employers to participate in multiple free classes and workshops being offered at the 2017 Pacific Coast Safety Fest on March 7 through 9 in San Diego and Oahu, Hawaii.


UC San Diego’s OSHA Training Institute Education Center, one of a handful of authorized institutions on the West Coast and one of only 26 nationwide, is co-hosting Safety Fest along with federal OSHA’s Region IX area office.

“This annual event is open to the public and is designed to create safer job sites and increase the number of OSHA-trained workers in our region,” said Dr. Grace Miller, Director of UC San Diego’s OSHA Training Institute Education Center.

While huge strides have been made in protecting workers in U.S. factories, hospitals, construction sites and other workplaces over the last few decades, she said even one death on the job is one too many, and nearly all workplace injuries are preventable.

“If the education and training information offered at Safety Fest helps prevent a serious injury or saves just one life, it is well-worth attending,” said Dr. Miller.

In addition to saving employees’ lives and limbs, she said job-site safety is a “business growth strategy,” a cost-effective way for employers to improve both productivity and profits.

“Focusing on the health and safety of our region’s workforce is good for workers and good for businesses,” said Dr. Miller.

Demand for Safety Fest and other OSHA safety training classes has grown three-fold in the last few years, noted Dr. Miller, who has seen the annual event expand from a one-day, one-location program first held in 2005 to its current multi-day format offered in cities throughout the western United States.

This year’s Safety Fest will offer a variety of classes on safety standards and best practices in key industries as well as general presentations on the latest OSHA rules, regulations and training requirements. Other topics will include hazard recognition, accident investigation, job hazard analysis and whistleblower complaints.

The impact of terrorist threats on companies’ emergency planning and evacuation programs will headline one of the many workshops at San Diego Safety Fest, said Brandon Phillips, an event instructor and EHS Safety Manager at Continental Tide Defense Systems Inc.

“This is a great opportunity to network with other professionals and get the latest on training equipment, products and online tools,” said Phillips.

According to Hawaii Safety Fest instructor Joaquin Diaz, the event allows area professionals to engage with area experts on issues critical to the local workforce, including compliance and regulatory challenges.

“Participants can learn practical applications to improve the safety conditions in their work environments,” said Diaz, Health, Safety and Environmental Director at Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co.

In San Diego, the Pacific Coast Safety Fest will be held March 7 and 8 at UC San Diego’s OSHA Training Institute Education Center, 6256 Greenwich Drive.

On Oahu, the three-day event is slated for March 7 through 9 at the Construction Training Center of the Pacific, located at 94-487 Akoki St. in Waipahu.

Space is limited and advanced registration is required. All participants will receive credit for authorized OSHA Education Center classes and a certificate of attendance for all completed workshops and seminars.

For more information, visit the Pacific Coast Safety Fest 2017 website at or call UC San Diego’s OSHA Training Institute Education Center at 800-358-9206.


 About the UC San Diego’s OSHA Department and Training Institute Education Center

UC San Diego’s Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) Department is focused on providing high-quality training services for health and safety professionals. UC San Diego’s OSHA Department currently offers: U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA Training Institute Education Center’s authorized courses; UC San Diego developed health and safety courses; and a Safety Professional Certificate program.

The high quality and experienced faculty, in cooperation with esteemed local partners, bring applied safety regulations and curriculum to OSHA Region IX, which includes California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii and Guam. Additionally, UC San Diego’s OSHA Department provides safety courses to local companies on site. For more information, contact 800-358-9206.

Safety net: Extension’s Safety Specialist Certificate gives a vet a new lease on life

View More: Crary found out about the importance of safety early in his military career.

As a new Navy recruit, Crary was part of the Seabee Battalion, which is tasked with construction projects all over the world. One of his first assignments was working on a five-story building in Spain. Unfortunately, Crary didn’t know how to secure the safety harness properly, and he decided to wing it. It almost cost him his life—he nearly fell off the building.

“Luck just had it that I didn’t go over,” Crary said.

He certainly learned his lesson, and as he went all over the world—from Japan to Thailand to Africa to Afghanistan—building structures both large and small, Crary took a special interest in safety, even receiving an award for his efforts.

But after 11 years of service, Crary left the Navy, though not of his choice.

“I didn’t want to get out, but I was downsized,” he said. “It’s unfortunate but that’s life, I guess.”

Crary, who grew up in Dexter, New York, a small town near the border of Canada, found that his years of experience in construction and safety didn’t necessarily impress potential employers in the civilian world.

“I can’t tell you how many rejection letters I got,” he said. “It was disheartening. It was sickening.”

Crary knew he wanted to be a safety specialist, but he also knew he needed another way to convince employers he was qualified to do the job. That’s when he decided to pursue UC San Diego Extension’s Safety Specialist certificate, which is part of its Occupational Safety and Health Department.

The three-month program offers in-class education with hands-on skills practice and is designed to provide the training and certification for graduates to work as field safety supervisors, safety specialists, and occupational and safety specialists. It also includes an unpaid internship to give participants real-world connections and real-life practice.

Crary said the program was key in helping him on his way to a successful career in safety.

“It gives the credentials that employers are looking for,” Crary said. “It gives you status. I hate to say a piece of paper can do something, but it can.”

In addition, the program’s internship led to a full-time job as a safety manager for Helix Electrical, a construction and engineering firm with seven offices throughout the country.

David Watts, vice president and director of safety at Helix, said Crary has both the experience and the work ethic to succeed, which he attributes to Crary’s military background.

“John and I share a common background with both of us serving in the Navy,” Watts said. “That definitely earned credibility points with me. It was a big plus.”

Watts also has insight into how hard it can be for veterans to make the transition from the military to civilian life.

View More:“I know I struggled with it,” Watts recalled. “I worked as a laborer and spent another five years paying my dues. It’s a cultural shock, and you have to adapt.”

Crary, who now works as a safety officer for Cyber Professional Solutions Corp., said he loves his job because it allows him to help others and feel the camaraderie he had in the Navy.

“It grows from my desire to take care of people,” he said. “As a safety professional, you are that first line of defense. If they don’t know what to look for, they don’t know how to keep themselves safe. Vice versa, the people I work with teach me something new every day.”

Crary, who was one of the first graduates of the new Safety Specialist certificate, said he would recommend the program to other veterans because it provides the knowledge and credentials today’s employers want. He said it has been instrumental in helping him create a life after the military.

“There are two things that have gotten me where I am today,” he said. “UC San Diego Extension is one and my fiancée is the other. Without those two things, I don’t know where I’d be.”

For more information about our Safety Specialist certificate, visit

Food safety program to provide much-needed training in wake of new food safety rules

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Each year one in six Americans become sick from consuming contaminated foods or beverages. That’s according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which also reports that annually 48 million people in the United States get sick from a foodborne illness. Of those, 128,000 people are hospitalized and 3,000 die. To prevent these outbreaks, new regulations have been put in place to reduce foodborne illness through preventative measures.

While the regulations went into effect in 2015, many in the food industry are unprepared to comply with the new rules, which require detailed food safety plans, said Michael and Charlie Kalish, twin brothers who have a consulting business that assists in developing food safety plans. To help address the need for training, the brothers will be leading a food safety workshop in partnership with UC San Diego Extension.

Cheese-makers by trade, the brothers gained valuable knowledge about food safety principles and new ways of approaching manufacturing and holding food while working on farms, manufacturing facilities and warehouses in Europe and the United States. Working as consultants to local creameries, they realized there was a need for more food safety training.

“When we started consulting, the opportunities that were popping up were food safety related,” said Michael. “Businesses really needed help developing food safety plans. What has made us successful is our ability to identify an opportunity. We gave it a shot and it has just exploded.”

In 2015, the Food and Drug Administration published the final rule for the Food Safety Modernization Act, requiring facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold food for consumption in the United States, be required to have a Preventative Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI). The new rules are considered the most sweeping reform of food safety laws in more than 70 years.

“The paradigm shift is not only going toward inspecting on good manufacturing practices but also looking for a documented food safety plan,” Michael said. “Now we are seeing not just inspection, but an audit. That’s one of the biggest changes.”

The FDA estimates that the new regulations will affect more than 83,000 food facilities requiring them to institute a number of new safety requirements as well as keep detailed records of their compliance.

The brothers recognized the growing need for highly knowledgeable professionals who could develop food safety plans for businesses of all sizes.

“Food safety regulation can be extremely convoluted, which is why there is a real need for professionals who specialize in food safety – someone who takes the time to read the fine print and gives these businesses what they need to make informed decisions,” said Michael.

Michael and Charlie Kalish became two of the country’s first and youngest Food Safety Preventative Controls Alliance (FSPCA) lead Instructors and are now educating businesses around the country on how to comply with new federal regulations. They are partnering with UC San Diego Extension to put on a two-and-half day workshop from September 28 to September 30, 2016. This training, which the Food Safety Preventative Controls Alliance developed, is the only standardized curriculum that the FDA recognizes for the new Preventive Controls for Human Food rule. Attendees who successfully complete the course will meet the requirements to be considered a preventive controls qualified individual, also known as a PCQI.

The workshop will benefit employees from a wide diversity of food businesses of all sizes across the supply chain, including manufacturers, warehouses, distributors and retailers/restaurants. Since 2007, national job postings for food safety experts increased more than 300 percent.

Because of that, the Kalish twins said there are not just more job opportunities but also there’s good money to be made. As it stands now, demand is outstripping supply when it comes to food facilities being able to find well-trained quality assurance professionals who can implement the Food Safety Modernization Act’s new rules.

“I think the industry, as far as food safety experts are concerned, could really use a lot more competent people who are eager to learn,” said Charlie. “Training is critical and learning how to apply food safety principles is the first thing you need to do.”

To find out more about UC San Diego Extension’s food-safety workshop, visit

UC San Diego Extension announces “The Next Fifty” scholarship recipients

50thLogoCMYKUniversity of California San Diego Extension has announced the 10 recipients for “The Next Fifty” scholarships, which is part of its yearlong 50th anniversary celebration. The scholarship program is UC San Diego Extension’s way to give back to the community by helping people prepare for what’s next. Awardees can use the $5,000 scholarship toward Extension’s courses and certificates.

Extension selected the 10 recipients out of close to 500 applications and the recipients represent a wide variety of interests and backgrounds. The recipients and their areas of study are:

  1. David Beatty for Business Analysis Tools and Strategies
  2. Lala Forrest for Art and the Creative Process
  3. Rami Husseini for Datamining
  4. Norma Lopez for Teaching Adult Learners
  5. Patrick Mazza III for Occupational Health and Safety
  6. Alexandra Southard for Business Intelligence Analysis
  7. Kathleen Stadler for Fundraising and Development
  8. Abigail Wattierrez for Sustainable Business Practices
  9. Ryan Williams for Community Research and Program Evaluation
  10. Jordan Woolsey for Translation and Interpretation (Spanish/English)

The scholarships were open to those with at least a high school degree or equivalent and who saw UC San Diego Extension as a way to advance their career or pursue their passions. The applicants were required to write a 500-word essay on how Extension can help them prepare for the future, which will be shared on Extension’s blog in the coming weeks.

Ed Abeyta, assistant dean of community outreach and director of pre-college programs for UC San Diego Extension, said “The Next Fifty” scholarships deliver on Extension’s mission to offer the education and training needed to ensure the region is prepared for changes occurring in everything from the arts to technology to science.

“UC San Diego Extension wants to be a positive force for change. For more than 50 years, Extension has been evolving its programs and educational offerings to meet the needs of San Diego,” Abeyta said. “These scholarships will help individuals stay ahead of the curve and get ready for what’s next and underscore our commitment to lifelong learning.”

In addition to the scholarship program, Extension has been publishing a weekly blog feature called “Voices of the Future,” which showcases thought leaders including UC San Diego faculty, industry and civic leaders as well as Extension instructors on the technological and social advances envisioned in the next 50 years. These stories are designed to cover a wide variety of topics and highlight the life-changing advances happening on campus, in the San Diego region, and in the education sector itself.

UC San Diego Extension has also offered a variety of public lectures and programs to deliver on Extension’s anniversary celebration’s core mission and message, which is to prepare individuals and institutions for change. Upcoming events include a panel on the Election 2016 that Steve Clemons, Washington editor at large for The Atlantic, will moderate and that will feature, Thad Kousser, chair and professor of political science at UC San Diego; Scott Lewis, editor of the Voice of San Diego; and Laura Fink, professional political consultant.

To find out more about UC San Diego Extension’s anniversary scholarships, blog features and events, visit

50 Voices of the Future: Wesley Schultz on creating sustainable behaviors


In honor of UC San Diego Extension’s first 50 years, 50 Voices of the Future asks thought leaders about the trends, breakthroughs and social advances they foresee over the next 50 years.

Like most of the scientific community, social psychologist Wesley Schultz believes human beings have caused many of the environmental problems facing our planet. But Schultz’s research also shows that we can be the main factor in improving the health of our environment. The key is showing people that getting involved in conservation, recycling, and sustainability doesn’t necessarily mean sacrifice – in fact, healing the Earth can feel pretty darn good. Schultz teaches social psychology and statistics at Cal State San Marcos, and is teaching a course in Conservation Psychology at UC San Diego Extension this summer.

(1) Why is the work you do important?

It’s clear that our current level of consumption and degree of environmental impact is unsustainable. If you think about the environmental problems that we face, the problems are caused by human behavior, and so solving the problem then means that we need to change behavior. We need to change what we do, and there are a lot of different pathways that can move us to a more sustainable way of living, but all of these pathways involve people. Whether we’re talking about new technology like solar panels, or LED light bulbs, or local foods, or whatever the behavior is, it means that people need to do something different.

(2) What are the influential/exciting developments happening in your field now and why?

Historically, conservation has been seen as sacrificing. If you’re going to conserve, it means giving up your personal gain in order to prioritize environmental protection. The new research is clearly showing that individuals can engage in environmental protection for personal reasons. In many cases, behaviors that have a positive environmental impact also have positive benefits to the person. People are happier, or they’re living a simpler lifestyle, or there’s the financial gain, or there’s improved social connections.

(3) What’s the next big thing?

One of the things that I see in my research is that programs that are really effective have some sort of social component to them. They make sustainability and conservation fun and engaging. With the explosion of new technologies and especially social media, there’s new ways of communicating, and this has opened up a large number of opportunities to engage people in sustainability. I think that’s a really exciting opportunity.

(4) How big of an impact will your field play in shaping the future of the San Diego region and beyond?

One of the great things about living here in San Diego is that the natural environment makes for such a high quality of life, and people spend time at the beach, they’re in the water in the bay, they’re swimming, they’re hiking. We spend a huge amount of time outside, and it’s really a way of life here. People want to live in clean and healthy and safe environments.

If you think about our local region here, we’re already seeing a direct impact of human behavior on our local environment. Whether it’s sea level change, or water pollution, or air pollution, I think individuals in communities are going to really start pushing for change.

(5) Hop into your time machine…what does the future look like for this field in 50 years? How can individuals/companies get prepared for what’s next?

Our field of study can help us achieve the vision I have for the future:

Where getting from place to place is easy and convenient, and it uses clean sources of energy. We have comfortable temperatures in our indoor environments using energy that generates almost entirely from renewable sources. We’re eating local food, and buying local products that support a strong ritual economy. There’s very little trash because almost all used materials are collected and recycled. There are clean, beautiful public spaces that are free from litter, and people are living in communities where they can work and play and have families, all in close proximity, and where they have a connection and an engagement with their neighbors and their community.

Learn more about our Sustainability & Behavior Change certificate program and explore the variety of Environment & Sustainability courses and programs we offer every quarter.

UC San Diego Extension instructor ‘pays it forward’ with free wheelchair mission in Ecuador

By Andrea Siedsma


When Robert Fernandez asked the people who have guided and encouraged him throughout his life how he could repay them, their answers were simple and consistent: Just pay it forward.

Fernandez, who is an instructor at the OSHA Training Institute Education Center at UC San Diego, took that advice to heart, giving back to his community both through the work he does in the safety field and through volunteer service.

This spring, however, Fernandez was able to pay it forward in ways he could never imagine. At the urging of a friend, he served as a translator in Ecuador as part of the Free Wheelchair Mission. When Fernandez heard about the organization’s mission to provide wheelchairs at no cost to people with disabilities living in developing nations, he knew he had to be a part of its efforts.

#1“(My friend) showed me a video of people being delivered in wheel barrels, and with wood pallets being drug along, and people in the back of pickup trucks unable to walk. It was just heart wrenching,” Fernandez said.

Since its inception in 2001, Free Wheelchair Mission has provided about 844,120 wheelchairs in 91 countries around the world and has a goal to distribute 1 million wheelchairs by the end of 2016. The organization estimates that there are about 100 million people around the world today in need of a wheelchair without the means to obtain one.

During their Ecuador mission this spring, Fernandez and the group traveled to three cities in the jungles of Ecuador next to the Napo River, and two cities in the Andes Mountains, giving away 551 free wheelchairs in the process.

#2“The recipients of the wheelchairs were filled with gratitude, often crying and thanking us while kissing our hands for the independence the chairs provide to them,” said Fernandez, a Southern California native who grew up in Whittier, Calif. “Just about the time that’s over, here come the relatives hugging you and thanking you for the burden that’s been lifted from them.”

As an Occupational Safety and Health Department instructor for Extension, Fernandez was especially sensitive to how poverty and the lack of safety regulations could irrevocably change a person’s life.

“My heart went out to one brother who fell at work from 18 feet installing a sign,” he said. “This could have been avoided and now he is in a wheelchair for life.”

Other wheelchair recipients included a 14-year-old girl who was disabled from a moped accident, a woman in her 30s who had a stroke and an 80-year-old man who broke his hip after falling out of a mango tree, suffering on the ground until he was found two days later.

#7But of all those he helped on his trip to Ecuador, Fernandez said it was the wife of a jewelry store owner who stands out in his mind. Unable to walk because of birth defects, the wheelchair provided a new chapter in her life as well as her husband’s.

Fernandez – who plans to go back to Ecuador again next year as part of the Free Wheelchair Mission – has kept in touch with the jewelry store owner and even called him the week after he returned to San Diego.

“I asked him how things were going, and he said for the first time in two years he took his wife for a walk along the river,” he said. “The free wheelchairs really do improve the quality of life for these people. It’s about helping another human being….You receive much more than you give.”

The making of a UC San Diego Extension certificate program (infographic)

There’s a point in every person’s career when they realize they want to changes jobs or move up the organizational ladder, but maybe they’re not quite sure how to make it happen. Should it involve going back to school full time? Will it require a degree? And how can it be done without having to spend (or go into debt for) tens of thousands of dollars?

Enter UC San Diego Extension’s certificate programs. Every program offers students an opportunity to examine a new field and demonstrate to others they have the discipline to work toward a specific goal while increasing their earning potential and marketability.

The completion of a certificate program provides:

  • Documentation of specific, formal study at a highly-regarded academic institution
  • Career-oriented, post-graduate training to complement a college or university degree
  • Well-developed job skills and knowledge for your current job, a promotion, or career change

Why a UC San Diego Extension Certificate?

A UC San Diego Extension certificate is a widely-respected academic credential certifying completion of a rigorous and specialized course of study that’s recognized and valued by employers. Designed by industry experts and academic faculty, our cutting-edge programs meet high academic standards and provide real-world skills.

Here’s how to we take an idea and develop it into a high-quality, high-value certificate program:

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We offer two types of certificate programs: Professional and Specialized. Professional programs consist of a minimum of 20 units of approved continuing education credit (200 classroom instruction hours). Specialized programs consist of a minimum of 9 units of approved continuing education credit (90 classroom instruction hours).

Curious about what we have to offer? Take a look at our list of programs to see if there’s a one that’s right for you.

Four Steps to Earn Your Certificate

  1. Review the Certificate Course Matrix (i.e. class schedule) and apply for the certificate program of your choice (click the Apply Now button on the specific certificate page you are interested in). Make sure to fill it out completely!
  2. Receive your program approval via email and enroll in course(s) listed on the Certificate Course Matrix.
  3. Complete all required courses and your chosen electives with a grade of C- or better, within five years.
  4. Submit your Notice of Completion online, or by mail to the address specified above.

Have questions about our programs? Feel free to search our website or contact Student Services with your questions. We are happy to help you!

OSHA announces free Safety Fest 2016 training in Honolulu and San Diego

Event open to workers, employers, health professionals

The old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” holds true today. While many use this quote when referring to health, Benjamin Franklin actually said this in regard to fire safety. In 1735, Franklin argued that prevention of a catastrophic citywide fire was certainly preferable to rebuilding a burned city from scratch.

iStock_000015870880LargeEmbracing this concept, Safety Fest was first introduced more than 10 years ago to provide free occupational safety and health training to the community. The event’s focus is on providing quality, relevant training to businesses that have the desire, but lack the resources, to enhance and improve the safety of their workforce. Safety Fest offers access to imperative training courses that prepare attendees for both foreseeable and unforeseeable situations, ultimately saving lives.

While these courses normally cost hundreds of dollars on average, they will be available during this event free of charge. Attendees will also receive materials and a certificate of attendance. The event is open to employers, employees, contractors, professional technical educators, all businesses required to follow OSHA standards, and anyone interested in creating a safer workplace.

Safety Fest 300UC San Diego’s OSHA Training Institute Education Center is proud to host the 2016 Pacific Coast Safety Fest in two different locations

Enrollments are still being accepted and pre-registration is highly encouraged as seating is limited.

This unique, once-a-year fest brings together the best of the best in safety instructors of the region presenting a series of safety and health courses focusing on many areas of concern, including:

  • Safety and health management.
  • Job hazard analysis.
  • Whistleblower laws and regulations.
  • Heat illness prevention training.
  • Fall protection program.
  • Record-keeping related to safety issues.
  • Health and fall hazard awareness.
  • Construction hazard control and recognition.

Why has Safety Fest proven so valuable in the past? According to UC San Diego instructor Van Howell, one presenter who has been involved in Safety Fest since the beginning, “the most exciting part is the exchange of information between the students and trainers. Everyone has their own story and experiences. These stories and experiences from adult students provide for an interesting training environment.” More than that, “Safety Fest has been a highlight of my career in safety and health,” Howell explained. “I honestly believe Safety Fest has saved lives.”

And saving lives should be everybody’s goal. According to leading safety organizations such as the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and National Safety Council (NSC) it makes financial sense too.


To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, a day of training is worth a life saved.

Growing regulatory demands require professionals to seek continual training

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The biomedical industry is in constant flux with new technologies and regulations emerging and evolving. Because of that, regulatory professionals must continually update their skills and knowledge — or risk getting left behind.

To ensure these professionals are able to stay ahead of the regulatory curve, a wide variety of post-baccalaureate certificate programs teach regulatory professionals about new regulations as well as best practices.

These certificate programs are not just about staying current but also about getting ahead. According to a report by the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society (RAPS), an industry trade group, the pursuit of advanced education such as certificates is one of the strongest predictors for advancement within the field.

pablo(5)The need for continuing education is only going to increase in the regulatory field as the FDA is expected become more assertive in keeping up with vast amounts of innovative technology. Professionals now must be better prepared to understand every stage of product development, ensuring compliance in research, monitoring, clinical testing, submission, manufacturing, marketing and more.

Because increased regulation boosts demand for regulatory professionals, there is also a need for specialized certificates that help other life-science careers transition into this growing field. According to RAPS, more than 90 percent of those in the regulatory field got their start in other careers.

To meet the growing demand for various regulatory professional skill levels, UC San Diego Extension recently expanded its overall certificate offerings.

“Our goal with these specialized certificates is to make sure there are educational opportunities and certifications available at all stages in the professional life of a regulatory affairs professional,” said Hugo Villar, Ph.D, MBA, director of science and technology at UC San Diego Extension.

pablo(4)For entry-level or transitioning professionals needing to learn basic principles of compliance and regulatory affairs, Extension recently updated its Regulatory Affairs Essentials Specialized Certificate. Courses have been streamlined to provide an understanding of the FDA-imposed regulations pertinent to the pharmaceutical and biological industries. In addition, Extension offers a new specialized certificate in Advanced Studies in Regulatory Science, designed for practicing professionals who need to prove they are up-to-date within the regulatory environment, filling gaps of knowledge acquired in professional practice to update current credentials.

Laura Guy, an advisor to Extension and a consultant with Regulatory Liaisons, said the Advanced Studies certificate is unique because of its focus on experienced professionals.

“Different from other current educational offerings, the Advanced Studies in Regulatory Science curriculum provides higher-level courses for those of us with much practical experience,” she said.” As regulations evolve, each professional must actively stay knowledgeable of proposed and newly implemented laws, standards and FDA guidance documents.”

For more details about these programs, visit our Sciences Area of Interest, e-mail, or call (858) 534-9353.

Safety net: Jobs in the growing safety field


When it comes to finding a stable and well-paying career, it can be better to be safe than sorry.

That’s because safety professionals are increasingly in demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for occupational safety and health specialists are expected to grow by 9 percent by 2022 and those for occupational safety and health technicians will increase by 13 percent.

But these jobs don’t just offer growth potential, they also provide real earning power and security. The BLS estimates the median income for an occupational health and safety specialist to be more than $60,000 a year. A recent National Safety Council survey of industry professionals found that more than 90 percent felt that their job was stable.

Because of the increased demand for safety workers in the construction industry, UCSD Extension recently teamed up with the Associated Builders and Contractors to offer a unique, accelerated certification program that features hands-on training, including a three-week paid internship. The inaugural session of the “Safety Specialist Professional Certificate,” an intensive three-month program, begins on July 13 and is open to anyone looking to make safety a long-term career.

The course will give students an overview of a variety of safety standards, instructing them on the basics of everything from electrical inspections to proper scaffolding practices to fall protection. The coursework is by no means theoretical as students will be able to see how rigging and scaffolding are built and learn how to calibrate and use air sampling machines and other Occupational Health and Safety protocols.

Bob Harrell, a safety consultant who serves as a lead instructor for the program, said the certificate is designed to help students secure entry-level jobs while preparing them for future career growth. Through the partnership with the Associated Business and Contractors, he said, it became clear that employers in the construction industry wanted more than just strong technical skills.

“The feedback we’ve heard is that leadership and communication with workers, as well as with upper management, are the most valuable skills on the job,” Harrell said.

As of winter 2015, applications were still being accepted for the program, which costs $8,500. Eligible students can use their Department of Veterans Affairs educational benefits as this is an approved certificate. To find out more about this and other UCSD Extension safety certification programs, visit or call (858) 534-9272.