The university's expectations with regard to its safety faculty members were outlined. The general job description for functions of faculty included 40 percent teaching, 40 percent research, and 20 percent service for a research institution using Johns Hopkins University (JHU) as the example. Specific requirements for the appointment of faculty to a safety program included an earned doctorate as evidence of ability and interest in research, an engineering degree, and experience in the safety field. Program objectives were education, training, and experience for general industrial safety practice but included specialty areas such as ergonomics and fire protection, and aimed for eventual national safety accreditation. The author noted that safety research involved application of knowledge to practical uses and often resulted in development of new fields of technology by application of knowledge from two or more specialties to a third area. Research in safety was viewed as being problem, industry, and field oriented with related laboratory disciplines at the university. Safety research and teaching were viewed as engineering oriented with few exceptions. Consulting and government service activities provided safety faculty with productive experience and could be used to provide opportunities for research and publications. The safety program at JHU Educational Resource Center was a major component of a combined curriculum for the professional practice degree of Master of Health Science in Occupational Safety and Health. Courses were taken by students in industrial hygiene and safety and by some students in the related fields of occupational medicine, occupational epidemiology, and health services administration. The program provided adequate introductory background in occupational safety principles, applications, management, and law. The author concluded that faculty recruitment is critical to plans for expansion of didactic offerings in safety, opportunities in graduate research, and establishment of a Safety Specialist MHS degree.
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