Occupational safety and the responsibilities of safety professionals and industrial hygienists were reviewed. Hazards to which workers may be exposed include toxic atmospheres, excessive noise, poorly guarded machines, radiation, and stresses related to excessive strength or energy expenditure requirements, temperature extremes, and poorly designed work stations and tools. Some of the responsibilities of safety professionals and industrial hygienists include the recognition, evaluation, and control of such workplace hazards. Harvard University has eliminated the conceptual differences and overlap in effort between industrial hygienists and safety professionals by merging their training programs in order to produce specialists who can deal with all environmental hazards which occur in the workplace. The curriculum developed which integrates the traditionally distinct disciplines of industrial hygiene and occupational safety are described in detail. Core areas of the curriculum include the Public Health core, consisting of courses in biostatistics, epidemiology, and human physiology, the Occupational Health core, consisting of courses related to commonly encountered health and safety problems in the modern workplace and an overview of basic manufacturing processes, economic and policy considerations, and human factors, and the Evaluation and Control core, consisting of courses related to analytical skills and the quantification of safety hazards in the workplace.
Symposium on Occupational Safety Research and Education, 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