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Occupational safety and health training.

NIOSH 2004 Sep; :1-11
The explosion of work related injuries such as cumulative trauma disorders and the increased incidence of job stress, as well as the economic plight of most U.S. industries from workers' compensation and litigation underscores the need to improve the working conditions in both industrial and office environments. In addition, the changing demography of the work environments due to the aging of the workforce, the ADA legislation and the influx of women into the workplace necessitate redesigning jobs and work systems. This in turn requires professionals who understand ergonomics, safety and health in the workplace and who are qualified to identify and implement appropriate design and engineering control measures. OSHA guidelines in Ergonomics and Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders require a well-trained work force capable of helping industry cope with the problems. In response to this need for professionals trained in ergonomics and safety the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Miami has developed a training program in Occupational Safety and Health with emphasis on Ergonomics and Safety. The objective of the program is to prepare engineers and occupational safety and health specialists to meet the changing demands of industry, government, and service organizations such as insurance and utility industries. The curriculum is designed to meet both the immediate and long-term needs of these organizations in the areas or workplace and job design, safety and accident prevention. A unique feature of the training program is the emphasis on the holistic approach for injury and disability prevention. The holistic approach involves primary prevention: application of ergonomic and safety principles to job and workplace design; secondary prevention: rehabilitation, functional restoration and quick return to gainful employment; and tertiary prevention: re-engineering of the work environment to deter reinjuries and match the workers residual abilities. Special attention is given to the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1991 and other existing health and safety regulations for the workplace to ensure compliance by employers with their provisions. Another unique feature of the program is that emphasis is given to issues surrounding automation and computer technologies as well as issues surrounding special populations such as older adults and disabled populations. The training program consists of a 36-hour Master's degree program in the Department of Industrial Engineering. The program includes 33 semester credit hours of course work in the areas of knowledge in occupational safety and health and with emphasis on ergonomics and safety in addition to 3 hours of internship/research in an industrial or health care related facility. Research areas include musculoskeletal injuries, occupational stress, automation, and design for older workers and special populations. Students are required to hold a BS degree in Engineering, Psychology, or health related fields, such as Environmental Health or Physical Therapy. Applicants must meet the regular admissions criteria of the Graduate School of the University of Miami. Primary sites of training included the University of Miami, Department of Industrial Engineering and its laboratories, the Comprehensive Pain and Rehabilitation Center of the School of Medicine, Miami Center on Human Factors and Aging Research, and several collaborating industries throughout the South Florida region.
Education; Occupational-health; Ergonomics; Training; Occupational-safety-programs; Occupational-medicine; Industrial-medicine; Industrial-education
University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL 33124
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL 33124