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Safety Engineering


Credit Hours:


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; 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; Nano-scale Materials, Industrial Hygiene & Confined Spaces; Green Chemistry & the EPA; Quality Management and Safety; OSHA Policies & European REACH Regulations for Toxic Chemicals; Comparing ISO Processes & Standards on Environment, Risk Management, Energy Management, Quality & Ergonomics.


Graduate or Upper Level Standing.

Applied / Theory:

70 / 30

Web Address:

Web Content:

Grades, lecture notes, study guide questions, and chat room.


Exams: Midterm/Quiz (20%) tentatively Wednesday, April 1 after chapter review; Participation (20% for on campus section), Cumulative Final Exam (35%), 2 Presentations (10% total ??? 5% each), Homework (15% on campus; 35% off campus section). Chapter review homework can be done through automatically graded online Replay exercises at student convenience. Presentations can be done as ???embedded audio??? powerpoint for distance students (option to join lesson for presentation is available). Off campus students can participate in ???polls??? in a manner similar to on campus students (HotSeat polls and Replay with time allowed and scoring as homework). Additional detail available in class.


1 midterm, 1 final exam 40% each.


Required - Updated Nov. 13, 2019. Required books: D.L. Goetsch, 2019. Occupational Safety and Health, 9th Ed., Prentice-Hall (e-book rental is available through VitalSource or Amazon). or ISBN-13: 978-0134695815 or ISBN-10: 013469581X (see back of page for e-book link).

Supplementary reading list: will include papers from the journals, conferences and books related to safety engineering. Select chapters from a supplementary e-book will be included and is available in Purdue e-books. You can download it in Purdue Library: Brauer, Roger L. Safety and health for engineers. John Wiley & Sons, 2016.

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.

Other Requirements:


ProEd Minimum Requirements: