Before taking this exam, you must determine if you are eligible to sit for it. In order to be eligible, you must possess three years’ experience, including duties of safety, health and environmental practice.
You will have four hours to complete this computer-based exam that consists of 200 multiple-choice items.
For examinees who are nursing mothers or with disabilities that are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act and require special accommodations, you may make this request in writing.
Some of these accommodations include extended testing time, a separate testing room, and the use of a medical device in the testing room.
Some comfort aids that do not require pre-approval include bandages, cough drops, eye drops, eyeglasses, hearing aid, inhaler, nasal drops, cushion, cane, crutches, and walker.
What are the domains and topics covered on this exam?
The seven domains for this exam are:
- Fundamental Math and Science and Business Calculations/Analysis – 9.7%
- Safety, Health, and Environmental Programs and Risk Management – 18.3%
- Hazard Identification and Control – 31.4%
- Health Hazards and Basic Industrial Hygiene – 14.3%
- Emergency Preparedness, Fire Prevention, and Security – 7.4%
- Organizational Communication and Training/Education – 13.7%
- Ethics and Professional Conduct – 5.2%
Fundamental Math and Science and Business Calculations/Analysis
Some of the topics assessed in this domain are the basics of mathematics, statistics, biology, physics, and chemistry, business finance terminology, economics and losses, benchmarking, qualitative data collection, and quantitative tracking measures.
Safety, Health, and Environmental Programs and Risk Management
Some of the topics assessed in this domain are incident investigation, job hazard analysis, audit processes, interview techniques, consulting equipment manufacturers, continuous improvement, process safety management, hazardous waste management, GHS, safety principles, and risk analysis techniques.
Hazard Identification and Control
Some of the topics assessed in this domain are hazardous materials management, safety systems/interlocks, confined space requirements, hoisting and rigging safety procedures, PPE, technical drawings, process flow diagrams, and building design and construction.
Health Hazards and Basic Industrial Hygiene
Some of the topics assessed in this domain are fundamentals of ergonomics, lighting requirements, respiratory hazards and controls, industrial hygiene, passive and active sampling equipment, and medical surveillance and its relation to health hazards.
Emergency Preparedness, Fire Prevention, and Security
Some of the topics assessed in this domain are the use of emergency equipment, emergency response procedures, incident command system, and agents that can be used to carry out terroristic acts.
Organizational Communication and Training/Education
Some of the topics assessed in this domain are authority, responsibility, and accountability, record types, conflict resolution, adult learning theory, training delivery methods, and assessment methods of student learning and the quality of the training.
Ethics and Professional Conduct
Some of the topics assessed in this domain are making sure safety information is understood, BCSP Code of Ethics, and confidentiality of information.
How do I register for this exam?
You can register/pay online or over the phone. Once you have registered, you are given a one-year period in which you can schedule and take your exam.
What is the cost of the exam?
The exam fee is $300. On top of this is an application fee of $140, for a total of $440.
What are the testing dates and locations?
Testing for this exam is offered at hundreds of sites throughout the world. You can select the date you’d like to take the exam, providing there is availability.
What should I do the day of the exam?
Arrive at the test site 30 minutes before your scheduled testing time. This will allow you time to park and check-in. Arriving late can prevent you from testing.
For admission, bring and present a form of identification that has your name, signature, and photo.
You are allowed to bring a calculator that meets the specific brand and model outline by the exam organization.
Examples of items that are prohibited, include a cell phone, purse, and study materials.
Can I take a break during the test?
If you need to take a break, the testing clock will not be stopped while you are on break, which means you will have less time for actual test-taking.
What happens after I take the exam?
You will receive your score report before leaving the testing center.
What is the minimum passing score?
116 out of 175.
How Can I Prepare for the OHST Test?
That’s a great question. We’ve broken down the answer into three parts.
- Do yourself a favor and study. Do not walk in unprepared. We have recommended prep materials below, but that only helps if you actually try. Plus, studying is actually proven to be the best antidote to test anxiety.
- Take care of yourself. Make sure you’re eating well, exercising, and sleeping. All of these things are scientifically linked to brain performance. If you take care of your body, you’ll be helping your grades.
- Get a study guide or set of flashcards. Some people study better a certain way. Find your study strengths and make the most of them. We’ve tried to make it easy for you by tracking down the best study guide and flashcard set for your exam. Below you’ll see links to both!