Department of Safety Sciences
College of Health and Human Services
Examines ethical and legal issues faced by practicing safety professionals. Students identify and evaluate these issues in terms of their own value system, as well as legal and prudent practice within the safety, health, and environmental profession. Case studies and anecdotal presentations are used to examine common issues and to prepare the students for their potential roles as expert witnesses in various forms of litigation. Specific reference is made to participation of the safety professional in workers’ compensation cases, Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission hearings, class action suits, and trials by jury. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
Focuses on the various aspects of accident investigation such as recent theories associated with accident causes, investigative techniques, data acquisition, structure of investigative reports, management responsibilities, and remedial actions. Emphasizes determining sequence of events to develop management actions which will prevent recurrence of accidents. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Examines the emerging issues currently faced by the safety, health, and environmental (SH&E) practitioner that extend beyond the conventional areas of academic preparation. In addition to exploring certification, ethics, compliance issues, quality management, worldwide concerns, and other common issues, each student will research and present information on a specific item of current relevance in the safety profession. Prerequisites: SAFE 211 and SAFE 301 or permission of the instructor.
In-depth coverage of hazard recognition, evaluation, and control principles used for the variety of phases of construction. Information regarding the development of a construction safety program along with extensive coverage of federal standards related to the construction industry is also provided. Prerequisite: Must be enrolled as a Graduate Level Safety Sciences major.
Focuses on the various major aspects of the air pollution problem. These include sources of pollution, evaluation and engineering control of pollutants, government regulations, atmospheric chemistry and dispersion, and human and nonhuman effects. Emphasizes information that is practical for the safety sciences and industrial health professionals. Prerequisites: CHEM 101 and 102 or equivalent and SAFE 301 or equivalent courses or permission of the instructor.
Studies of problems associated with ionizing radiation in the human environment. Emphasizes biological effects, radiation measurement, dose computational techniques, exposure control, and local and federal regulations. The study and use of various radiological instruments are included. Prerequisite: SAFE major or permission of instructor.
Covers both the federal and selected state right-to-know laws and related legislation. The scope, application, and enforcement of the various laws, including specific legal and moral obligations, are discussed. Strategies are explored and developed to identify the means by which employers can gain compliance with regulatory requirements. Prerequisites: SAFE 301 and SAFE 311 or permission of the instructor.
A dual-level elective offering in which the specific topic may vary from one term to the next. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
Prepares individuals for the conduct of research in safety and its numerous subspecialties. Research paradigms, experimental design, data sources and collection, and statistical methods are covered in detail. The emphasis throughout is on quantitative approaches likely to produce valid new knowledge in the discipline of safety management. Prerequisite: SAFE major or permission of instructor.
Integrates various behavioral science theories into the practice of safety management. Areas covered are motivation, communications, managerial interactions, and controlling worker behavior as it relates to accident causation. Prerequisite: SAFE major or permission of instructor.
Principles and techniques for evaluating toxicological properties of chemical substances are studied with particular emphasis on extrapolation of information to determine permissible exposure limits in the workplace. Acquaints students with requirements for operating an animal toxicology facility as well as means of obtaining relevant human experience data. Prerequisites: CHEM 101, CHEM 102, MATH 217, or permission of instructor.
Prepares the student with a fundamental understanding of those hazards which can contribute to accidental injury and damage. These hazards are studied in an engineering context; their physical and chemical characteristics are studied in depth in order to make the appropriate hazard control measures better understood. Prerequisite: SAFE major or permission of instructor.
Examines the technical and management aspects of handling hazardous materials, including hazardous waste. Definitions and the procedures for determining hazard properties are reviewed. The student is introduced to the various regulations that pertain to hazardous materials. Responsibilities for creating/receiving, storing, handling/using, shipping, and ultimately disposing of hazardous materials are discussed in detail. Examination of current trends and future directions is included. Prerequisites: SAFE 311, CHEM 101, and CHEM 102 or permission of the instructor.
Examines administrative concepts and principles regarding organizing and managing the functional areas of safety, health, and the environment within an organization. Students are introduced to management practices unique to SH&E programs as well as concepts related to organizational culture, labor relations, professional ethics, workers’ compensation, and medical management.
Covered are design of loss incident source documents and code dictionaries; procedures to collect accident cost and cause data; accident cause analysis; and data for management accountability and decision making. Prerequisite: SAFE 412 or permission of instructor.
Students learn to apply behavior principles to motivate safe behavior (SB) in the workplace. Included are Programming Safe Behavior, SB program funding proposals, employee performance analysis, safe behavior definitions, workplace motivations and incentives, and SB program design, implementation, and evaluation. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
Analyzes the management structure for its procedures, organizations, policies, and departmental competencies as they relate to safety. Ways to audit and improve management’s safety effectiveness are covered. Prerequisite: SAFE major or permission of instructor.
Students are presented with common scenarios that safety professionals face while trying to advise management on ways to prevent accidents. Students use problem-solving skills and safety knowledge to deal effectively with and resolve safety management problems such as being assigned a safety responsibility that is clearly another manager’s responsibility and having objections raised about one’s proposed project plans. Prerequisite: SAFE 603 or permission of the instructor.
Provides the student with a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of risk management, including leading-edge risk identification, control, finance, and transfer recommendations. Addresses workers’ compensation, product risk management, construction risk management and wrap-up programs, catastrophic risk management, quantitative methods, risk finance, and risk management technology.
Introduces students to both management and engineering strategies in the prevention and control of pollution to the environment from industrial activities. Includes a brief history of pollution, legal aspects of prevention and control, the management of major types of industrial wastes, and the control of releases into both water and air.
Accident cause analysis narrowed to behavior analysis to determine motivation problems and behavior skill deficiencies with appropriate intervention techniques are covered. Cost/benefit analysis of accident costs versus training program benefits and OSHA training requirements are presented. Proposals for funding of training programs as well as writing behavioral objectives are covered. Course descriptions and course, unit, and lesson outlines as well as lesson plan development are presented. Lesson plan presentations and evaluation techniques are included.
Provides the student with fundamental knowledge of the technical and managerial aspects of the safety and health function within an organization. The effects of loss incidents, accident causation, safety and health legislation, and safety program development are among the managerial aspects covered. The technical aspects of the course focus on the recognition, evaluation, and control of common safety, fire, and repetitive motion hazards in the workplace. Does not count toward degree requirements for the M.S. Degree in Safety Sciences.
Ergonomic principles used in the identification, analysis, and implementation of intervention strategies to address hazards in the workplace are presented. Focus is on the application of strategies to identify and correct ergonomic problems in the workplace using evaluation equipment and video case studies of actual workplace situations. Prerequisite: SAFE major or permission of the instructor.
Examines the current expectations and responsibilities of professionals engaged in the practice of industrial hygiene. Students become familiar with 1) the current approaches to anticipating and identifying potential health hazards in the workplace and/or environment; 2) methods and techniques for determining quantitatively the amount of environmental stresses present; and 3) proper strategies and methods for implementing effective controls. Prerequisite: SAFE major or permission of the instructor.
Laboratory methods germane to industrial hygiene sampling and analytical methods are studied in depth. Introduces a variety of laboratory procedures as well as biological monitoring. Sampling and analytical statistics are also emphasized. Prerequisites: SAFE 302 and SAFE 303 or permission of instructor.
Provides an understanding of the physics of sound, functioning of the human hearing mechanism, instrumentation for measuring sound levels, and application of control strategies. Emphasis is placed on engineering controls, although administrative controls and use of personal protective equipment are discussed as well. Components of an overall continuing, effective hearing conservation program are reviewed in detail.
Provides comprehensive coverage of the industrial hygienist’s responsibility for recognition, evaluation, and control of environmental stressors arising in or from the workplace. Students learn how to recognize and evaluate exposures to chemical, physical, and biological hazards. Emphasis is also placed on the identification of appropriate control strategies, including program development and evaluation. This course will not count toward meeting the degree requirements for the M.S. Degree in Safety Sciences.
Designed to cover all important aspects of loss prevention as it is practiced in the chemical process industries. Seeks to prepare the safety professional so that he/she may be able to work more effectively with chemists and chemical engineers in joint hazard identification, evaluation, and control projects. Prerequisite: SAFE 311 or equivalent or permission of instructor.
A graduate-student-only elective offering in which the specific topics may vary from one term to the next. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Study in depth of a topic not available through other course work. Student works with supervising faculty member on carefully planned, student-initiated project. Prior approval is necessary. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Principles and techniques for preparing for various types of disasters. Students are acquainted with requirements necessary to develop workable plans for natural and industrial types of disasters. Loss prevention measures are discussed, directed toward preservation of organization resources.
Examines the fundamental principles for the safe design of buildings from a fire hazard standpoint. Emphasis is given to an understanding of the building codes, fire properties of building materials, building design criteria to limit the spread of fire and smoke, control of ignition sources, storage of combustibles and flammables, life safety, and active fire protection systems. Prerequisites: Must be enrolled as a Graduate Level Safety Sciences major.
The thesis will require a committee review with one faculty member serving as the student’s advisor. The committee will also include two additional faculty members and a representative of the dean of the College of Health and Human Services. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Application of educational theories to the safety educator role in higher education will be explored. The course will review of the role of the teacher in both the classroom and internship settings, teaching strategies, and student centered learning outcomes as they pertain to safety sciences. Prerequisites: None
Using an environmental impact statement as a model, this course is designed to provide the student with various regulatory, scientific, mathematical, and risk-based approaches and tools to conduct environmental impact assessments for industrial technologies by analyzing affected environments and by determining the significant environmental consequences of industrial technologies on various resources (e.g., air, water, land, human health, etc.). The student is also provided with information on how to generate reports/forms base on implementing regulatory and other requirements to document information from environmental/risk assessments and analyses. Prerequisites: None
This seminar examines administrative concepts and principles regarding organizing and managing safety performance within an organization. The course is designed to explore the current research topics in managing safety including: dimensions of safety performance, management systems, culture & climate, decision-making & risk, leader-member relations, attitudes and values, & international and cultural issues. The course focuses on identifying underlying theoretical and conceptual frameworks characterizing organizational safety research and helping students develop a sense of the issues and questions that the field addresses. Prerequisites: None
Course will focus on epidemiological based test procedures commonly used in published safety research. Students will be required to formulate research hypotheses, test them using the appropriate quantitative research methodologies, and interpret results. Prerequisites: None
This course examines the legal framework within which the safety, health and environmental professional must perform. Consideration is given to the historical development of legal aspects of the profession, including current guidelines that impact on regulatory compliance and professional practice. Personal liabilities associated with professional practice, including the possibility of criminal sanctions for workplace injuries, are presented. Prerequisites: None
Tools and strategies for the qualitative and quantitative assessment and management of environmental and occupational risks will be presented. Prerequisites: None
This course will present progressive topics in the environmental, health, and safety field. Leading edge applications in the areas of industrial hygiene, ergonomics, environmental safety, fire protection and safety management will be covered. Prerequisites: None
This graduate colloquium is designed to have the students work closely with their classmates and the instructor to explore and present various components of safety research. Colloquium students will explore and present details of various research methods in order to gain valuable practice with research and technical presentations. Prerequisites: None
This course examines the various curriculum designs in safety at the undergraduate and graduate level. The student will analyze current accreditation standards in safety education with an emphasis on curriculum evaluation. The students will learn methods for conducting ongoing curriculum revision based on a quality outcomes assessment plan. Prerequisites: None
This course will cover experimental and multivariate statistical procedures. Topics include advanced coverage of Analysis of Variance (ANOVA), multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA), Analysis of Covariance (ANCOVA), post-hoc tests, planned comparisons, and randomized block designs. Prerequisites: SAFE 803
This course will explore multivariate analysis techniques commonly used in safety sciences research. Topics include multiple regression, exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis, and linear discriminate analysis. Prerequisites: None
This course is designed to give students a context for applying the concepts of teaching and learning in safety education. Students are provided opportunities to participate in numerous phases of the teaching role and to experiment with different teaching methods. The focus of the practicum is in the areas of course development, delivery methods, the teaching process, and evaluation as they relate to safety sciences. Students will be required to deliver course modules in classroom settings. Prerequisites: SAFE 800, SAFE 808
*Indicates dual-listed class
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