Through our vision to be the premier institution for education and research and the program of choice for industry partnerships in the global safety, health, and environmental profession, the IUP Safety Leadership Hub will serve as a portal to explore our education programs, current research, collaboration opportunities, consultation services, and training. 

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Ongoing Research

Research is a central part of the Safety Sciences department at IUP, with opportunities for students at all levels to participate. 

Our research covers a range of areas including training, safety management systems, fire, ergonomics, environmental, human performance, industrial hygiene, performance measures and others.

Learn more about current research, dissertations, theses, awards, presentations, and more.

Collaboration with IUP Safety Sciences

Collaboration is more than just donating money or equipment! It includes all kinds of opportunities like conducting research with your company, volunteering to be a guest speaker, being an alumni spotlight, or giving a testimonial.  

Please fill out the survey to learn ways to participate.


Access more information on Safety Education by reviewing our programs: BS, MS, PhD.

Safety Education at IUP

BS EHS Applied Sciences, ABET-accredited, MS Safety Sciences 100 percent online, PhD Safety Sciences online w/on-campus, one-week summer classes, Certificate in Spanish for Safety, OSHA Consultation Webinars monthly


To access more OSHA Consultation details.

Officially designated agency in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for OSHA Consultation services., 600 onsite consultations for small employers, Less than 250 onsite employees, Less than 500 corporate employees, Have limited resources, largest grant on campus $2.116M, Funded by the Federal OSHA $1.95M, 10 percent funded by Pennsylvania Dept. of Labor and Bureau of Workers Compensation, one of 12 university-funded OSHA consultation programs. Consultations done at NO COST to employers. NO FEAR OF ENFORCEMENT to employers from OSHA, For more information, visit


The Department of Safety Sciences provides training opportunities for professionals in a variety of safety related positions and industries. Faculty and consultants educate trainees on guidelines and regulations, along with best practices in the field today.

The Institute for Rural Health and Safety offers safety-related trainings to the local and regional community. Opportunities include Emergency Services Training, transportation and driver’s education training, and American Heart Association certification classes.

The History of Safety Sciences at IUP

IUP’s expertise and experience in safety, health, and environmental applied sciences dates back to 1969, when the university was given a three-year grant to establish a baccalaureate program in safety management by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The program would prepare students to be safety professionals in industry, government, and institutional settings.

Fall 1971 saw the first safety management course becoming available for students. The same year, IUP become the first ABET-accredited safety sciences baccalaureate program in the state of Pennsylvania, and it is believed to be one of the first in the nation.

In 1983, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania designated IUP’s Safety Sciences Department as the official agency for OSHA consultation services in the state. The early 1980s also saw the creation of the Institute for Rural Health and Safety, providing public, safety-focused training opportunities to local and regional organizations.

This rich history enabled IUP to become the only institution in Pennsylvania to offer degree programs in safety sciences at all three levels (undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral). To date, the bachelor’s degree program has graduated more than 3,000 students, creating an elaborate network of safety alumni and colleagues across the United States.

For information about the Safety Sciences Leadership HUB, please contact Wanda Minnick at