Occupational Safety and Environmental Hygiene is the first career in Costa Rica accredited by the Central American Agency for Accreditation of Architecture and Engineering Programs (ACAAI).

Students can choose to obtain a Licentiate’s Degree in Engineering in Occupational Safety and Environmental Hygiene.

The Master's program in Occupational Health also offers academic and professional degrees, which is open to graduates from the TEC and other national or foreign universities.

 

Continuous transformation

The program previously offered a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering in Occupational Safety and Environmental Hygiene (Plan 1411).

To improve the program for accreditation with the Central American Agency for Accreditation of Architecture and Engineering Programs (ACAAI), the study plan was changed to a Licentiate’s Degree in Engineering in Occupational Safety and Environmental Hygiene (Plan 2151).

Misión

Contribute to the country’s integral development through the training of professionals and the development of research and outreach activities, maintaining scientific and technological leadership, academic excellence and strict adherence to ethical, humanistic and environmental standards from the perspective of a high-quality public university which is competitive at the national and international levels.

Visión

The Tecnológico de Costa Rica will be a prestigious institution recognized nationally and internationally, which will make a strong contribution to the building of a more supportive, inclusive society, respectful of human rights and the environment, through the solid formation of human resources, the promotion of research and technological innovation, entrepreneurial initiatives and close relationships with the social and productive sectors.

Agreements

  • Universidad Nacional – Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica

This agreement was signed in 1998, making it possible for these two public universities to join their strengths to offer Costa Rica and the rest of the countries in the region a high-level master's program in Occupational Health with an emphasis on Environmental Hygiene with two options: the academic master’s degree aimed at the formation of researchers, and the professional master’s degree for those professionals who work as chiefs, managers, advisors or consultants in these disciplines.

This agreement made it possible to combine more than 20 years of experience in research in Occupational and Environmental Health topics of the academics of the Regional Institute for Studies on Toxic Substances of the Universidad Nacional, with the experience and trajectory of 25 years in the areas of teaching, outreach projects and sales of services by academics of the School of Occupational Safety and Environmental Hygiene of the Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica.

This master's program began in September 1999 and three groups of candidates have been admitted since then (1 group every 2 years). Efforts are currently being made to develop a new academic master's degree at the Regional level in Occupational and Environmental Health.

 

  • National Insurance Institute - Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica

This agreement was signed to respond to the need and commitment of both institutions to develop ​​industrial hygiene in the country to address the problem of occupational exposure to chemical environmental agents. Under the terms of this agreement the INS loans its equipment for analyzing samples of chemical agents to the ITCR facilities, and agrees to partially finance the process of gathering and analyzing those samples.

In return, the ITCR agrees to provide necessary physical space and equipment maintenance, and to hire the personnel required to carry out the necessary activities and investigations.

Projects that have been carried out or are under development include:

  • Occupational exposure to organic solvents in metal repair and painting shops.
  • Occupational exposure to heavy metals in the metal working industry.

Through this agreement the institutions provide the mutual support necessary to meet their goals and objectives for the well-being of workers and society in general.

 

  • Joint agreement with University Colleges

This is a Framework Agreement signed between the National Council of Rectors (CONARE) and the University Colleges of Costa Rica through which students of University Colleges can pursue higher education in related careers offered in public universities.

At this moment, a proposal is being drafted so that students of the Colegio Universitario de Alajuela with a Diploma in Occupational Health from that institution can continue studies in the Program of Engineering in Occupational Safety and Environmental Hygiene of the Tecnológico de Costa Rica.