Certified Occupational Health Nurse (COHN)

Published: | Updated: July 22, 2017

Definition - What does Certified Occupational Health Nurse (COHN) mean?

A certified occupational health nurse (COHN) strives to reduce health risks and injuries in a range of industries. He or she must have an understanding of potential health risks in the industry served, as well as how these risks can be reduced and what treatment should be applied in the event of an accident.

Safeopedia explains Certified Occupational Health Nurse (COHN)

Apart from minimizing risks and treating workplace accident victims, the COHN monitors the medical history of workers, and may examine or conduct medical tests on employees in order to determine whether unsafe working conditions are responsible for any abnormalities. The minimum qualification for entering a certification program is registration as a licensed nurse, a Diploma in Nursing and 3000 hours of workplace experience in occupational nursing. However, many COHNs have Masters Degree qualifications. In order to achieve certification, a 3 hour examination administered by the American Board of Occupational Health Nurses must be passed.

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