HSCI-515 Safety Science
Fall for 2017-2018
This lecture-based course outlines approaches to anticipate, identify, evaluate and mitigate safety hazards in the workplace, recreational and home environments. The underlying causal mechanisms and the metrics used for analysis of related injury and illness statistics will be explored. Techniques for evaluating an array of different approaches for dealing with workplace hazards will be reviewed. Effective techniques for evaluating and implementing effective change in safety programs will be examined from the perspective of lagging vs. leading indicators. Group discussions will address safety issues based on student work experiences.

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

• Define basic terms and technical concepts integral to the practice of safety.
• Review historical events and understand them from a safety perspective
• Gain an understanding of the role information plays in occupational safety and health and learn how to access health and safety information.
• Examine the role of health and safety committees.
• Identify the roles of government, employers, and unions in occupational health and analyze global efforts to improve work safety and health.
• Use problem-solving skills to integrate good safety practices in real life settings.
• Gain a global perspective of occupational safety
Credits: 1
Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor
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