Engineering Professional Education

Safety Engineering


Credit Hours: 3

Learning Objective:
To provide an understanding of the safety and health practices which fall within the responsibilities of the engineer and health sciences practitioner in the occupational environment.

Application of human factors (ergonomics) and engineering practice in accident prevention and the reduction of health hazards in the occupational environment are presented. Special attention is devoted to the detection and correction of hazards and to contemporary laws and enforcement on occupational safety and health.
Spring 2015 Syllabus

Topics Covered:
Sustainability & Human-Centered Design; Product Safety & Liability; Hazard Assessment, Prevention & Control; Establishing a Safety-First Corporate Culture; Ethical Behavior in Organizations & Company's Role; Best Practices in Safety Management; Accidents & Their Effects; Injuries & Workers' Compensation; Theories of Accident Causation; Integrated Approaches to Safety & Health; Personal Monitoring for Radiation Hazards; Noise & Vibration Hazards; Fall Protection Standards; Safety Training & A Teamwork Approach to Promoting Safety; Historical Perspectives & Community Right-to-Know Act; Risk Reduction Strategies; Human Factors & Ergonomic Hazards; Economics of Ergonomics; Patient Safety & Human Aspects of Healthcare; Industrial Medicine & Robots; Nanoscale Materials, Industrial Hygiene & Confined Spaces; Chemical Burns; Green Chemistry & the EPA; Quality Management Related to Safety; OSHA Enhanced Enforcement Policies & European REACH Regulations for Toxic Chemicals; Comparing ISO Processes & Standards on Environment, Risk Management, Energy Management, Quality & Ergonomics.

Graduate Standing, Senior in Engineering, or permission from instructor.

Applied/Theory: 70/30

Web Address:

Web Content:
Grades, lecture notes, study guide questions, and chat room.

There will be three sets of homework questions given (10%). One will support student preparation for the midterm and the other two will support student preparation final.

Required - Select a research article from the Supplementary Reading List and prepare a 7-8 minute presentation in 'embedded audio' Powerpoint or Adobe Presenter format (10%) Suggested format will be provided in class.

1 midterm, 1 final exam 40% each.

Official textbook information is now listed in the Schedule of Classes. NOTE: Textbook information is subject to be changed at any time at the discretion of the faculty member. If you have questions or concerns please contact the academic department.
Tentative: REQUIRED TEXTBOOK: ISBN: 9780133484175 -- Occupational Safety and Health Technologists, Engineers, and Managers. Author: Goetsch Publisher: Prentice Hall Edition/Year:8th Edition

Computer Requirements:
ProEd minimum computer requirements, PowerPoint for class presentation. Homework assignments, exam answers, class notes, and reference materials will be posted to the course web site.

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Vincent G. Duffy



Purdue University
Grissom Hall
315 N Grant St
West Lafayette, IN 47907


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