The faculty attributes required to implement safety curricula were discussed. The author noted that requirements for safety faculty were dual in nature. Safety faculty were needed to teach and to be involved in the preparation and evaluation of safety professionals. They were also needed to conduct the research necessary to expand the knowledge base from which the safety professionals operated. The ideal attributes of a safety faculty member, as described by Don Chaffin of the University of Michigan, were summarized. The common requirement for faculty members involved in teaching and research was a base of real experience in occupational safety and health problem solving in the field. Requirements applying to both types of faculty included a knowledge of costing and analysis methods applicable to health and safety, an understanding of fundamental industrial hygiene methodologies, and an appreciation of the importance of communication methods and skills. The author noted additional types of knowledge to be incorporated in the safety faculty including injury and illness data, standards and guidelines, manufacturing process technology, administrative law, personal and industrial psychology, toxicology, biomechanics and anthropometrics, work physiology, human factors information, fire and explosion principles, organization structure and function, and occupational medicine. Institutional requirements for faculty members were discussed, and an actual job description for a safety faculty member at Johns Hopkins University was provided. Constraints on such faculty included the imprecise definition of the safety discipline, the lack of graduate programs dedicated to producing safety faculty, institutional requirements often targeted at other than safety programs, and the inability to couple strong work experience with research credentials and teaching capabilities.
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