Principles of Safety Management© Online Certificate Program

The Principles of Safety Management© Series (PSM) is a continuing online education tool and training program for safety professionals offered exclusively through the Florida Association of Safety Councils and its member councils.

Why enroll in PSM?

With many companies downsizing, employees are expected to wear many hats, including that of safety professional. To be successful a company must be able to recognize the broad range of factors impacting its exposure to loss and injury. Determining what is critical can mean the difference between profit and loss, or life and death.

When are PSM Courses offered?

Since this is an online program,  you set your own schedule pace you can earn your certificate in as little as six months, or take up to three years. Core courses are four hours long and the electives vary in length. A total of 10 Core courses (40 credits) and 3-10 Elective course (10 credits) must be completed within three years to receive your PSM. Once the certificate is earned, an additional 16 Elective Credits will be required over a two-year period to maintain your certification. Elective Courses may be selected from any course related to safety and health. Upon completion of the required 16 credits, graduates will receive an updated certificate.

PSM Courses Available

How To Develop A Safety Program

- Learn how to develop and enhance your safety program Florida Workers' Compensation law authorizes premium reductions for an effective safety policy promoting safe working conditions.

Preparing for Emergencies

- Assists in development of a comprehensive action plan for a potential crisis. Covers program responsibility and management, personnel training, fire and explosion, evacuation and much more.

Employee Screening & Safety Orientation

- Reduce problems by careful selection and orientation of new employees. Learn the win/win method of employee termination, a thorough orientation process and employee selection and hiring. A must for all personnel involved in the hiring process.

Understanding Behavior and Stress Strategies

- Recognize stress control and reduction techniques, and learn how to aid supervisors and management can contribute less to employee stress. Identify mod and attitude changes caused by on and off the job stimuli.


- OSHA calls the '90's the Decade of Ergonomics. Topics covered include workplace corrections to reduce both employee injuries and workers' compensation claims. Improving your employee safety and productivity is easily accomplished.

Methods and Techniques of Training

- Safety training, required by  OSHA, makes good sense. Learn methods of presentation that will guarantee learning and retention. Motivating your employees, producing dynamic safety meetings and more are covered in this program.

Record keeping & Documentation

- This course covers the details of record keeping: what is recordable and what is not, what is recordable as an injury, as an illness, and categorizing the difference between illness and injury. Analyzing the data to prevent similar incidents from recurring is also discussed.

Loss Control Part I

- Foundations - Introduces the Principles of insurance and the importance of inspections before and after the incident. Attention is given to how and why to investigate near miss incidents and understand Job Safety Analysis.

Loss Control Part II

- Applications - Part I is not a pre-requisite to Part II. Students will examine applications during group exercises. Employer/ employee rights and obligations are explored.

Incident Reporting & Investigation

- A systematic approach is necessary - for both reporting and investigation. Proper procedure will identify causal factors and suggest corrective actions that will reduce or eliminate the probability of recurrence.

Managing a Drug Free Workplace

- A state approved Drug Free Workplace will directly reduce premiums and positively impact your cost of doing business. Drug use results in increased job turnover, absenteeism, injuries, and theft/security problems. All of these lead to poor employee morale and performance.

Managing Workers' Compensation

- is a comprehensive course that covers the following: Medical assistance and return to work programs, insurance understanding and how to save, the legal aspects of workers' compensation, the investigation process to eliminate future incidents, and the employers' rights and obligations.