Safety Sciences Wins Contract with Defense Safety Oversight Council Joint Working Group

Posted on 6/16/2010 1:48:48 PM

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Safety Sciences has been selected to provide a review of the U.S. Army Civilian Training and Education System-Specialized Training (CP-12) curriculum.

The department has been awarded $14,150 for the project from the Defense Safety Oversight Council, representing a combined effort between the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center (USACRC) and the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) to improve safety curriculum and training.

The award was a result of a collaborative proposal submission between the Department of Safety Sciences, chaired by Dr. Lon Ferguson, and the IUP Office of Workforce Education and Economic Development, led by Tracey Missien.

IUP’s proposal was subject to a competitive bid process among potential university programs. The proposal required that the benchmark standard for the curriculum review be aligned with institutions whose occupational safety and health degree programs are recognized as Qualified Academic Programs, since they are aligned with safety industry standards. IUP’s Safety Sciences degree programs meet this requirement.

Ferguson and Eric Nelson, an instructor in IUP’s Safety Sciences Department, will travel to Fort Rucker Army Base to work with officials from the USACRC and the USMC to review the current curriculum, meet with instructors and students, and tour various labs and facilities.

The ultimate goal of the project is for IUP professionals to offer recommendations on how best to expand and redesign the curriculum as a joint Department of Defense Safety curriculum that meets Qualified Academic Program standards, producing competent safety professionals for all services.

Ferguson and Nelson are certified safety professionals and are active in numerous safety professional organizations. Ferguson was awarded the William E. Tarrants Safety Educator of the Year award in 2002. Nelson is a former U.S. Marine Corps sergeant.