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Manufacturing Safety Officer Program (MSO)

Manufacturing Safety Officer Program (MSO)

Elevate your health and safety career. Enhance your professional credibility. Become a Manufacturing Safety Officer (MSO).

Note: Changes to the number of required courses for the MSO program. Click here for more information. 

The Manufacturing Safety Officer (MSO) program was created in response to the growing need for expertise in the health and safety profession. Our program is designed for health and safety professionals who wish to elevate their health and safety career in the manufacturing sector. You will develop the competencies needed to boost your career and— most importantly—to create a safe and healthy workplace. Our program combines classroom training with valued work experience.

The MSO designation is widely accepted by Alberta’s manufacturing industry. Many employers are now encouraging their safety professionals to obtain the MSO designation.

Get a Head Start

University of Calgary Occupational Health and Safety Management System

University of Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Certificate Program

We’ve collaborated with the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary to give you a head start towards obtaining an Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) certificate. Those who possess a MSO are eligible to receive up to 21 hours of credit towards their OH&S certificate. 

Get started today. Download the MSO application

Qualifying for Admission

You are eligible for MSO designation if you meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum *3 years health and safety experience in the manufacturing industry 
  • Completed MSO courses
  • LSE Proficiency including the 4 required documents (HAA, Safety Meeting, Incident Investigation & Inspection)
  • A mark of 80% or higher on the MSO examination

*A combination of other related industry work may be accepted. Contact us for approval.

Get started today. Download the MSO application.

Administration Fee: $100.00 which includes review of application, approval if accepted, coordination of writing, marking and certificate if successful.

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Program requirements
7 core + 4 elective courses + Leadership for Safety Excellence proficiency + MHSA Examination + 3 years of work experience

7 Core Course

Safety Basics
Hazard Assessment and Analysis
Leadership for Safety Excellence (LSE)
Safety Auditor
Effective Disability Management
Incident Investigation
Standard First-Aid

Elective Courses - choose 4

Basic RiggingSafety
Basic Machine Guarding
Critical Incident Stress Management
Emergency Response Planning
Fall Protection End-User
Fire Extinguisher Training
Forklift Operator 
Forklift Train-the-Trainer
Health and Safety Committee Guidelines
Lock Out/Tag Out
Overhead Crane Operator – Level 1
Overhead Crane Operator – Level 2
Overhead Crane Operator Train-the-Trainer
Responding to OH&S Investigations
Violence & Harassment in the Workplace


Leaderships Safety Excellence (LSE) Proficiency

Safety Meeting and/or Toolbox Meeting with supporting documentation

(i.e. sign-off sheet)

Completed Incident Investigation


Completed Company Hazard Assessment

(MHSA format)

Completed Company Worksite Safety Inspection


Program Completion and Certification

When you have completed all of the requirements, submit your MSO application for evaluation.

Next steps:

  • The regional MSO Coordinator will contact you to coordinate testing
  • Test examination guidelines

Contact us for more information.

Demonstrate your professional competency and dedication to excellence. Maintain your MSO designaton. 

As of January 1, 2016 the MSO Maintenace Program requires the following:

- valid MHSA Auditor status (2 Audits & Auditor Refresher training must be completed every 3 years)

- valid First Aid Certificate

- Employed in a Health & Safety position within the Manufacturing sector with 50% of the time dedicated to a Health & Safety role (or 900 hours annually)