Distance Learning
GEHS 6700

GEHS 6700 - Principles of Safety, 2 credits

This course is designed to give the student an introduction in the field of safety and prevention management. Broad areas and topics that are covered are management and accountability, policy development and evaluation, hazard identification, job safety analysis, safety training, applied engineering principles (slips, falls, cuts, electrocution, material handling, excavations, confined spaces crane use), emergency operations planning and social-behavioral aspects of safety. Emphasis is on research (particularly via the Internet) and "where to find" sources, programs and examples that can be used throughout the students' careers.  Class sessions are highly interactive, with ample time for discussion of theories, projects, research methods and relevant safety news items.

Course Learning Objectives:

  1. Students will recognize and be able to give advantages and disadvantages of three contemporary models for managing safety in the work place. Each student will select which model they prefer for their enterprise
  2. Students will discuss the principles of safety as identified by leaders in the field and will analysis which set of principles each prefers
  3. Students will be able to explain safety laws, regulations, standards, and codes and will describe where to find the codes and their interpretations.
  4. Students will know what human performance factors result in errors and accidents. Students will explain the principles of Behavior Based Safety and how successful programs are designed and implemented along with the negatives aspects that must be overcome.
  5. Students will recognize the hazards and controls necessary for some of the most risky exposures in the safety program: Electrical Safety, Construction Safety, Motor Vehicle Safety, Fire Safety, Pressure Safety.
  6. Students will understand how to conduct an accident investigation and prepare reports and recommendation and will review reports and give presentations on selected investigations and recommendations.
  7. Students will demonstrate how to design an emergency management response sytem and to use the National Frame work and principles to set up an emergency management system for their enterprise.
  8. Students will develop a systematic approach toward hazard identification, evaluation and hazard control and will demonstrate this through presentations and class discussions.
  9. Students will demonstrate the ability to identify and explain a real safety related issue at their enterprise conduct research to identify potential solutions and then draw conclusions and make recommendations for solution to the issue.

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