The possibility of baccalaureate curricula for safety engineering was addressed. Safety engineering was defined as that discipline concerned with the design, operation, and maintenance of optimally safe systems of man, materials, equipment, and environments to achieve optimum effectiveness in protection of both man and property. A program at Texas A and M University that meets both the Engineer's Council for Professional Development criteria and produces graduates who function in safety engineering was reviewed. Course listings for the curriculum from the freshman through the senior years were included. The author noted that the courses were designed to allow the students a broad selection of basic engineering science, safety engineering, industrial hygiene, and fire protection courses with supportive studies in the physical and life sciences. Problem analysis and solution development were enhanced through engineering analysis and design courses. The program has prepared students for careers in petroleum refining, petrochemical industry, aerospace industry, government service, and advanced study in fields including safety engineering, fire protection engineering, and industrial hygiene. The author discussed the history of occupationally related safety courses at Texas A and M noting the provision in Public Law 91-596 passed by the 91st Congress in 1970 to increase the numbers and competence of personnel engaged in the field of occupational safety and health. The advantages of including safety engineers as members of design teams were also discussed.
Symposium on Occupational Safety Research and Education: A Dialogue Between Two Communities, Division of Safety Research and Division of Training and Manpower Development, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 82-103