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National Standards & Competencies for

Occupational Health Nurses

COHNA Publications Bundle

The Canadian Occupational Health Nurses Association / Association Canadienne des Infirmieres et infirmiers en Sante du Travail (COHNA-ACIIST) is pleased to announce the adoption of the following Canadian National Standards of Practice for Occupational Health Nurses (OHNs) in Canada:

•    Practice Standards for Occupational Health Nurses
•    Competencies for Occupational Health Nurses
•    Disability Management Practice Standards for Occupational Health Nurses


The primary purpose of these standards is to outline, guide, and direct OHN practice and assist with the delivery of their legal and professional responsibilities. 

Standards help outline what employers, employees, and the public can expect from OHNs in the workplace and ensure that OHNs provide safe, competent, and ethical care.

The COHNA-ACIIST standards are additional guidance documents to supplement OHN practice. While all Registered Nurses (RN) in Canada must comply with their regulatory college and licensing bodies standard; the practice of Occupational Health Nursing is very specific and requires additional education, training, and knowledge to practice successfully within varied Canadian workplaces.

COHNA-ACIIST’s mandate is to ensure OHNs in Canada have access to resources that will promote advancement in their practice.

These standards would not have been possible without the dedicated work of the Alberta Occupational Health Nurses Association (AOHNA). We thank them for both their financial and time commitment to this project. 

These standards are under copyright and available to non-members for a fee.  Purchase the bundle of all 3 standards and save 20%!

COHNA-ACIIST members please log into your member account at to access these documents at no charge as a benefit of your membership.

What is an Occupational Health Nurse?

“Occupational Health Nurse” means a Registered Nurse who has graduated with a Certificate or Diploma from a recognized Occupational Health Nursing program and/or who has achieved the level of COHN(C) with the Canadian Nurses Association.

For more information on Occupational Health Nursing in Canada, please visit our website at:

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