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Safety

The mission of the safety program at Illinois State University is to prepare graduates who will serve society as competent and ethical safety and health professionals. The undergraduate program is designed to develop the broad skill set and intellectual confidence that is required by individuals who seek to manage loss in an increasingly diverse global economy. Resources and energy are devoted to creating student-centered learning opportunities that are based upon a foundation of mathematics and science, emphasizing the technological, management, and ethical aspects of a career in safety and health, and preparing graduates to function as effective collaborators and leaders.

Program Educational Objectives

The professional objectives of the safety program at Illinois State University are to prepare graduates who, within five years, will have independently demonstrated:

  1. Efficient risk management within their organization – Illinois State University safety graduates critically identify and assess recognized hazards and conditions as new technologies, processes, and industries emerge.
  2. Effective communication of safety and health issues within their organization or local/regional/global industry sector - Illinois State University safety graduates can advocate the development of new loss prevention and control programs to multiple stakeholders. They are recognized for the quality of their written reports,     presentations, and training programs.
  3. Characteristics of effective leadership within their organization or local/regional/global industry sector - Illinois State University safety graduates adhere to ethical safety and health practices. They supervise entry-level safety and health professionals, manage committees, conduct investigations, and serve as a professional resource for their peers.
  4. Continued professional growth and pursuit of life-long learning in an ever-changing global economy - Illinois State University safety graduates attain professional certification, are active members within their professional societies, and continuously seek to integrate new knowledge into the practice of safety and health.

Student Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes for students in the safety program at Illinois State University support curricula that will prepare graduates with the knowledge and skill to apply college algebra, statistics, chemistry, physics, and human physiology as it pertains to the practice of the safety, health, and environmental discipline. At the time of graduation, students in the safety program at Illinois State University will be able to:

a. Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and applied sciences to the
    anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and development of control strategies for
    hazardous conditions and work practices;
b. Conduct accident/incident investigations, as well as analyze and interpret data;
c. Design and evaluate safety, health, and/or environmental programs to meet desired needs;
d. Function on multidisciplinary teams;
e. Identify and solve applied sciences problems using fundamental aspects of safety, industrial hygiene,
    environmental science, fires science, hazardous material, emergency management,
    ergonomics and/or human factors;
f. Discuss the importance of professional and ethical responsibility;
g. Communicate effectively in writing, oral presentation, and the application of adult learning theory to
    safety training methodologies;
h. Discuss the impact of business and risk management solutions in global or societal context;
i. Recognize the need for and ability to engage in life-long learning;
j. Identify contemporary safety and health issues and apply relevant standards, regulations, and
   codes or best practices, and;
k. Apply principles of safety and health in a non-academic setting through a supervised,
    professional practice experience.

More information about the profession and career options can be found in The Career Guide to the Safety Profession.

 Accredited Certifications

Safety graduates are also successful in attaining professional certification. Professional certification in safety practice is associated with advancement and salary increases. While there are more than 200 credentials and certifications available in various aspects of safety, health and environmental practice, only about a dozen of these are nationally accredited.

  1. Certified Safety Professional
  2. Occupational Health and Safety Technologist
  3. Construction Health and Safety Technician

As students work hard preparing for a rewarding career in safety and health, the faculty, staff and advising team in the Safety Program are working hard to ensure that their academic experience at Illinois State University is equally as meaningful and rewarding!

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