Research and Safety Sciences

Areas of expertise among Safety Sciences faculty members include the following:

  • safety training
  • safety management
  • industrial hygiene
  • legal issues relating to safety, health, and environmental regulations
  • ergonomics
  • emergency preparedness
  • fire, construction, environmental, and hazardous materials safety

Specific research topics have included human performance in the workplace, workplace fatalities, wind energy safety, Marcellus shale extraction safety, women in the safety field, safety curriculum and training program review.

Safety Science professionals on the job in a factory

Occupational Health and Safety

The Safety Sciences Department is also home to the Pennsylvania OSHA Consultation Program, which assists private-sector employers in understanding and voluntarily complying with safety and health regulations enforced by the federal Occulational Safety and Health Administration.

It is the officially designated agency in Pennsylvania for providing these consultation services.