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OSH Certifications: Behind the Exams, Cheryl L. (Cheri) Marcham, Treasa M. Turnbeaugh and Nicola J. Wright

The process of developing and scoring a certification exam is complicated and uses a scientific and mathematic psychometric process to achieve defendable outcomes. How much of the process is well understood by either the general public, employers or even safety and health professionals? This article presents information intended to help OSH professionals understand why and how a properly developed and administered certification exam shows the mark of excellence in the field of safety and health.


Safety Internships: Are Students Prepared?, Pamela Walaski

This article presents data gathered from employer evaluations of University of Central Missouri students who completed academic internships. The data provide a great resource for continuous improvement and validation of program technical content. Taking into account feedback from internship providers when evaluating academic programs can help educational institutions improve students’ academic experience and meet the needs of hiring companies.


Campus Violence: Improving Safety in a University Setting, Tammy J. Allen and Linda G. Lengfellner

Fatalities and injuries from violent crimes are increasing on university campuses. One prime objective is to develop a university campus as a safe workplace, without compromising the confidentiality of students’ private information. University faculty and staff can use proactive and reactive techniques to develop an effective response strategy.


A5 Methods for Continuous Improvement of Course Design, Delivery, and Student Learning, Todd William Loushine

There are many similarities between the methodology and performance evaluation in organizational safety programs and university safety courses. Specifically, failures are detrimental to the individual and require comprehensive investigation to identify root causes for corrective action and prevention. In a broader perspective, t he manager of the safety program must act as a role model for workers; similarly , a course instructor should demonstrate the behavior and ethics desired in classroom students.


A3 Value of Industrial Internship in the Occupational Safety, Health, and Environment Program, Lu Yuan and Roy Bonnette

Internships have served as a prime example of cooperation between universities and private- and public-sector employers to provide a cooperative educational service to college students (McGlothlin 2003, 41). These types of experiential learning allows students to apply the knowledge that they have learned in classes to solve problems in real -life situations (Fender and Watson 2005, 36). Employers also benefit from having qualified and well -prepared interns work for them, potentially leading to the improvement of their environmental safety and health programs.


A4 Internship Employer Evaluation Data for Safety Management Students - Validation or Improvement of Technical Content in Selected Courses, S. D. Allen Iske, Jr. and Grant Weller

Internships are currently becoming the capstone course for students in many degree programs as well as within many disciplines. Internships are exceptional experiences for students for practical employment a dvancement as well as potential employment entry, firsthand knowledge to recognizing the necessity of learning work skills, and development of career expectations and future goals.


745 The Contribution of Research to Education in the Safety Field, Joel M. Haight and Michael Behm

This paper explores the issues and implications of research to understand the expectations of the safety community, and to explain the process involved in bringing new discovery to the practical world. Most importantly, this paper describes the exploration in such a way as to explain the contributions that research and its findings make to education. In fact, it will be shown that the existence of a research process and the findings it produces are an absolutely essential component in the development of educational content, and the development of a critical -thinking, answer-seeking, problem-solving student population.


652 Environmental Health and Safety Issues Affecting a K-12 School District, Juliette Travous

Most everyone in the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) business knows that school districts, by law, must manage the asbestos in their buildings; however many have no idea the vast array of other EHS issues that affect the operations and maintenance of a school district, especially the larger metropolitan school districts. School districts are like a small city or other governmental district that have many complex and integrated functions and departments spread out over a multitude of buildings and campuses that support and/or make up the structure of the organization. Asbestos, lead based paint, radon and other indoor air quality issues are just the tip of the iceberg.


A2 Modular Implementation Success in Nano-Safety: The Impact of Engineering and Technology Majors, Dominick E. Fazarro, Jitendra Tate and Walt Trybula

Professors at two four-year universities in the southwest two four-year universities in the southwest took a proactive approach to create a proposal to the Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education Division of The National Science Foundation (NSF) to educate students so that they will have the knowledge to make wiser and more informed decisions when selecting nanomaterials in products, providing appropriate workplace safety, and considering environmental implications. The grant was funded for two years.


A4 The Use of a Hybrid Delivery Methodology to Promote Active Learning in Safety Courses, David Freiwald and Michael O’Toole

The transition of Introduction to Aerospace Safety, from a conventional to a hybrid delivery methodology can be considered to be successful. Based upon the qualitative data obtained from learning outcomes, weekly reading comprehension assessments, and the perceptions of the students themselves a marked improvement was seen across groups in both scholarship and satisfaction. Student reviews of the hybrid methodology display a high degree of satisfaction with the revised course – despite the fact that many were unaware of a difference in delivery methodology.


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