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IE55800 - Safety Engineering

Spring 2015

Days/Time: TBA / TBA
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.

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: 50/50

Web Address:

Web Content:
Grades, lecture notes, and chat room. Study guide questions and selected chapters from e-book by L. Theodore & R. Dupont available at http://catalog.lib.purdue.edu/Find/Record/3121280 through Purdue Library Catalog.

Three sets of study guide questions provide an opportunity for self-assessment in Blackboard prior to the in-class review for each exam (10% total).

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.

3 midterm exams and 1 final exam (20% each).

Disclaimer: Please visit the for the most up-to-date information.
Required books: D.L. Goetsch, 2011. Occupational Safety and Health, 7th Ed., Prentice-Hall (6 month rental available for $49.99 through Course Smart). http://www.coursesmart.com/9780137009176?__professorview=false&__hdv=6.8 (other options for obtaining the book include rent or purchase through local bookstores). L. Theodore and R.R. Dupont, 2012. Environmental Health and Hazard Risk Assessment: Principles and Calculators, CRC Press, e-ISBN: 9781439868881. Available through Purdue Library Catalog with Purdue login.

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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T. B. D.
West Lafayette, IN 47907