The need for the continuing education of safety professionals was addressed. Pressures for maintaining continuing education programs in the area of safety included the breadth of the safety field, recognition of personal limitations of those professionals working in safety, requirements for certification or licensing, and technological advances. The Educational Resource Centers (ERCs) funded by NIOSH were required to develop continuing education programs. The author divided continuing education into short term training including workshops, short courses, symposia and long term training including college programs and continuing education courses. The author reviewed certain short term situations including respirator training, a basic industrial hygiene training session, the University of Michigan's industrial ventilation training program, and ERC activities. He concluded that there were ample short term training courses but that a major obstacle was cost. Options for long term training utilized by Central Missouri State University (CMSU) were discussed. These included students taking courses for credit on a part time basis, regular evening courses, courses in which the faculty member travels to the students, and weekend college. The author rated the various types of continuing training in the order of regular college (part time), evening college (on or off campus), weekend college, and short term training from highest to lowest in terms of quality. Issues relevant to monitoring quality were reviewed including the institution or professional organization providing the training, the staff, and the credits for certification. The possibility of correspondence courses being offered in the area of safety for maintaining certification was suggested.
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