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A Position Paper: Core Program Requirements.

NIOSH 1982 Feb:263-268
The argument that the safety profession should have guidelines for curriculums designed to prepare occupational safety professionals was made and defended. The author noted that the need for such guidelines was mandated by the performance requirements made by employers on safety professionals and by the efforts of professional and governmental groups to establish and upgrade competencies. The issue of the type of guidelines needed was addressed. The author used the position statement of the American Society of Safety Engineers adopted in 1966 and entitled the Scope and Functions of the Professional Safety Position in determining the functions and competencies needed by safety professionals. The author's assessment of internship studies involving some 170 organizations and feedback from over 100 graduates led him to conclude that the four major areas identified for competency in the 1966 paper still correspond to the needs of today's safety professionals. These areas were identified as the identification and appraisal of accident and loss producing conditions including evaluation of severity; the development of accident prevention and loss control methods, procedures, and programs; the communication of accident and loss control information; and the measurement and evaluation of the effectiveness of the accident and loss control system and the modifications needed to achieve optimum results. Course groupings for a baccalaureate program in occupational safety were given and included hazard recognition, evaluation, and control; natural sciences; social sciences; mathematics; organizational management; communications; industrial processes and technology; and field studies. Similar course groupings were recommended for the associate level of study. The author noted that undergraduate training in occupational safety based on such course groupings would prepare the student for employment and would also be compatible with graduate study in the specialties of industrial hygiene, industrial engineering, fire protection, management, and ergonomics.
Occupational-health; Worker-health; Safety-programs; Industrial-safety; Human-factors-engineering; Workplace-studies; Regulations
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DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 82-103
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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
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