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Safety Sciences

What is Safety Science?

The primary focus for the safety profession is prevention of harm to people, property, and the environment. Safety professionals apply principles drawn from such disciplines as engineering, education, psychology, physiology, enforcement, hygiene, health, physics, and management. They use appropriate methods and techniques of loss prevention and loss control. "Safety sciences" is a twenty-first century term for everything that goes into the prevention of accidents, illnesses, fires, explosions, and other events which harm people, property, and the environment.

 

Opportunity in Action with UCM's Safety Sciences Program

Assistant Professor Wesley Tinker and recent graduate, Samantha Deason, describe how they put "Opportunity in Action" within the University of Central Missouri's safety sciences program. Located within UCM's School of Geoscience, Physics, and Safety, the safety degrees are accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of ABET. Undergraduate students may select from a number of options to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Occupational Safety. Graduate degree offerings include a Master of Science in Industrial Hygiene and a Master of Science in Occupational Safety Management.

 

Where do Safety Professionals work?

Our graduates are employed in a variety of settings that include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Oil and gas
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing and production
  • Insurance
  • Hospitals
  • Airlines
  • Utilities
  • Government at the local, state, and federal levels.

For more details on where safety professionals work, what they do, and the employment outlook, see the Board of Certified Safety Professionals' document: BCSP's Career Guide to the Safety Profession Read more about the safety profession from the American Society of Safety Professionals, the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Mine Safety and Health Administration, the Federal Aviation Administration's Safety Team, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (DHHS), School Safety, and many more.

 

Why choose Occupational Safety at UCM?

The Safety Science Program provides diverse safety and health programs for undergraduate and graduate students. The curricula are designed to enhance the professional success of the student. The faculty will provide opportunities for the student to develop communication and problem solving skills, networking, and an understanding of safety and health values. You'll learn the safety sciences issues faced in local, national, and global contexts, and how to identify technical solutions to occupational safety and health problems. In addition to achievement awards, UCM's safety programs have more than nine scholarships available to students.  

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Earn your Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) designation along with your UCM BS degree!

All Occupational Safety majors are awarded the Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) designation upon application at graduation. A GSP is an alternate path toward the professional certification of Certified Safety Professional (CSP). Only students who graduate from a Qualified Academic Program meeting the standards of the Board of Certified Safety Professionals are eligible for the GSP designation, making it highly respected.

 
ABET

ABET, Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission

These Safety degrees are accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of ABET.

  • Occupational Safety, Bachelor of Science – the only ABET accredited bachelor's degree safety program in Missouri
  • Industrial Hygiene, Master of Science – the only ABET accredited graduate industrial hygiene program in Missouri
  • Occupational Safety, Management Master of Science - the only ABET accredited graduate occupational safety program in Missouri

 

Safety Sciences Degrees: What would you like to study

... to help protect workers, neighbors, and the planet?

Earn a degree in this high-demand field with excellent employment and salary opportunities. The safety profession focuses on keeping people safe while also preventing harm to property and the environment. Gain hands-on experience with current laboratory and field technology, paid internships, participation in premier conferences, and applied projects. 

UCM Catalog

 

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Safety Minor (193) (22 hours)

Completing a minor in safety science provides you with the chance to apply business and risk management practices in the context of your major discipline, such as  business, construction management, psychology, criminal justice, and core sciences such as chemistry, biology, geoscience and physics. These combinations can make you a valuable asset to your future colleagues and employer. Note: UCM does not confer teacher certification for this minor.  

Learn more  Program of Study


 

 
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Environmental, Safety, & Risk Management Bachelor of Science Degree (43-674) (120 hours)

For students who already have an Associate's Degree to complete a BS for Environmental, Safety, and Risk Management.

This Online BS degree completion program is specifically designed for transfer students. Designed to assist individuals with Associate's Degrees earn a BS degree in a highly competitive career field. Designed to maximize use of credit hours earned in an Associate’s Degree to accelerate time to graduation and reduce cost.

Learn more  Program of Study


 

 
On the Quad

Occupational Safety Bachelor of Science Degree (43-873) (120 hours) Option 1: Environmental Management

The Occupational Safety program's Environmental Management option provides additional education on environmental remediation, air quality and pollution prevention, water quality, wastewater management, and industrial ventilation.

Learn more Program of Study 4-year Guide


 

 
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Occupational Safety Bachelor of Science Degree (43-873) (120 hours) Option 2: Safety Management

The Occupational Safety BS program's Safety Management option offers the opportunity to customize your course work with approved electives or the inclusion of a minor. Excellent minors include business, construction management, psychology, criminal justice, and core sciences such as chemistry, biology, geoscience and physics.

Learn more Program of Study 4-year Guide


 

 
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Occupational Safety Bachelor of Science Degree (43-873) (120 hours) Option 3: Occupational Health Management

The Occupational Safety BS program's Occupational Health Management option is ideal for individuals who may be interested in pursuing an MS degree in industrial hygiene. Additional coursework includes biochemistry, human biology, ventilation, noise measurements, and high hazard industries.

Learn more  Program of Study 4-year Guide


 

 
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Occupational Safety BS/Occupational Safety Management MS (accelerated Program) (53-876)

For students looking to complete both a BS and an MS in an accelerated program and includes the three options listed above for the Occupational Safety BS and below for the Occupational Safety Management MS.

Undergraduate UCM students may consult with their faculty advisor and complete a school application to declare the accelerated BS/MS in Occupational Safety. Prior to beginning the graduate portion of the program, student in the accelerated program will need to apply to the UCM Graduate School for formal admittance to the Accelerated BS/MS program.

The Learn More page includes information about the Accelerated model and the three options.

Learn more  Program of Study


 

 

 
Lab scope

Occupational Safety Management, MS (53-257) (30-36 hours) [Also available as an accelerated program]

This professional degree is offered to prepare students to assist management in the effective use of resources for the development, implementation, and assessment of a comprehensive safety and health program in a variety of occupational settings.

Students are admitted into one of three areas based upon their education and work experience at the time of application. Students must specify which area they are seeking admission into. Once admitted into an area, students may not change areas without applying for a change of degree program through the Graduate School and being approved by Safety Sciences.

Contact: Dr. Miaozong Wu, Coordinator and Advisor for OSM

Learn moreProgram of Study


 

 
Lab Group

Industrial Hygiene, MS (53-179) (34-47 hours)

The highly specialized industrial hygiene degree provides an excellent advanced career path.

Contact: Dr. Tsvetan Popov, Coordinator and Advisor for IH

Learn more  Program of Study


 

 

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Occupational Safety and Health, BS (43-276)[Archived]

For new students, this degree has been replaced by the 3 option Occupational Safety BS listed above. Students already accepted into this degree program have the opportunity to complete it as planned.

Earn a degree in this high-demand field with excellent employment and salary opportunities. The safety profession focuses on keeping people safe while also preventing harm to property and the environment. Gain hands-on experience with current laboratory and field technology, paid internships, participation in premier conferences, and applied projects. 

Learn More Program of Study

 

Program Student Outcomes

At the time of graduation, students with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Safety will be able to:

  1. Anticipate, recognize and evaluate hazards for the development of control strategies through the application of math, science, business and risk management concepts.
  2. Formulate, design, implement and evaluate safety, health and/or environmental programs.
  3. Communicate professionally both verbally and in writing as an individual and as a contributing member of a multidisciplinary team.
  4. Identify and interpret applicable standards, regulations, and codes in a global society.
  5. Conduct an accident investigation including root cause analysis and development of a corrective action plan.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern scientific and technical tools necessary for professional practice of the fundamental aspects of safety, health, and environmental sciences (SH&E).
  7. Design and conduct experiments and formulate an analysis and interpretation of associated qualitative, semi-quantitative and/or quantitative data.
  8. Apply SH&E knowledge and principles in an internship, cooperative, or supervised experience.
  9. Understand and communicate professional and ethical codes.
  10. Develop the business case and demonstrate the value of SH&E interventions
  11. Develop SH&E training utilizing appropriate adult learning theories and techniques to meet diversity in occupational settings.
  12. Articulate the need to maintain technical professional competency of contemporary issues in order to understand the impact of SH&E solutions in a global and societal context. 

 

At the time of graduation, students with an MS Occupational Safety Management degree will have an ability to:

  1. Identify, formulate, and solve broadly defined technical or scientific problems by applying knowledge of mathematics and science and/or technical topics to areas relevant to the discipline.
  2. Formulate or design a system, process, procedure or program to meet desired needs.
  3. Develop and conduct experiments or test hypotheses, analyze and interpret data and use scientific judgment to draw conclusions.
  4. Communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  5. Understand ethical and professional responsibilities and the impact of technical and/or scientific solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  6. Function effectively on teams that establish goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines, and analyze risk and uncertainty.
  7. Develop a project or research activity resulting in a report that demonstrates both the mastery of the subject matter and a high level of communication skills.

Program Educational Objectives

Graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety will be prepared to attain the following objectives:

  1. Anticipate, recognize, and evaluate hazards, exposures, and risk through development and management of control strategies for hazardous conditions and work practices.
  2. Uphold the responsibilities of the profession to protect people, property, and the environment in a global or societal market with personal integrity and honesty through adherence to professional ethical codes.
  3. Acquire and evaluate evolving SH&E-related information through research, and the application and continuing development of abilities, skills, and knowledge gained in the program to identify practical solutions for safety issues.
  4. Continually enhance discipline-specific technical competencies, skills, and knowledge by seeking certification, and through active participation in professional societies, conferences, workshops, networking, continuing education, and/or other professional development activities.
  5. Develop, implement, and provide ongoing leadership for organizational SH&E programs.

Program Educational Objectives for MS Occupational Safety Management include:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to communicate professionally, both verbally and in writing.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of professional integrity and ethical standards.
  3. Recognize the importance of contemporary, global and societal issues as they relate to the practice of occupational safety and health.
  4. Develop, coordinate, and/or participate on multidisciplinary teams to protect people, property, and the environment.
  5. Recognize the importance of life-long learning for the purpose of enhancing technical competencies in safety, health and environmental fields.

 

Graduation Requirements

  • A minimum 2.2 cumulative GPA.
  • The grade of C or better must be attained in all designated safety, math, and science courses.
  • An assessment examination must be completed during the last semester of course work

Get involved in safety outside the classroom!

At UCM, we value engaging learning experiences that include student involvement and service-learning projects. In Occupational Safety and Health, there are several involvement opportunities: 

Safety Sciences Faculty

The student to faculty ratio is 17 to 1, which allows professors to get to know you and provide personalized attention. In addition to diverse backgrounds and experience, they are also active participants in research and scholarly activity. Faculty members are active in professional organizations and have presented at national and international conferences.

Safety Sciences Faculty with links to their profiles

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Leigh Ann Blunt, Ed.D., CSP

School Chair and Safety Professor
School of Geoscience, Physics, and Safety
Humphreys 225
blunt@ucmo.edu
(660) 543-4963

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Mr. Anthony Hirner, MS, CSP

Assistant Professor of Safety
Safety Sciences
Humphreys 329D
ahirner@ucmo.edu
(660) 543-8764

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Ms. Linda Lengfellner, MS, ASP, CSP

Associate Instructor/Online/Environmental Management
Safety Sciences
Humphreys 329C
lengfellner@ucmo.edu
(660) 543-4412

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Mr. Michael Mulhall, MA, MS, CSP, CHMM,

Assistant Professor of Safety
Safety Sciences
Humphreys 325C
mulhall@ucmo.edu
(660) 543-4626

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Ms. Monica Nevels, MS, ASP, CSP

Assistant Professor of Safety
Safety Sciences
Humphreys 325B
nevels@ucmo.edu
(660) 543-8454

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Vencislav Parvanov, PhD

Assistant Professor of Safety
Safety Sciences
Humphreys 325A
vparvanov@ucmo.edu
(660) 543-8534

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Tsvetan Popov, PhD, CIH, CSP

Assistant Professor of Safety/Industrial Hygiene Industrial Hygiene Coordinator and Advisor
Safety Sciences
Humphreys 324
tpopov@ucmo.edu
(660) 543-4442

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Mr. Wayne Schenk, MS

Instructor of Safety
Safety Sciences
Humphreys 322
wschenk@ucmo.edu
(660) 543-4017

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Mr. Wesley Tinker, MS, CSP

Assistant Professor of Safety
Safety Sciences
Humphreys 318
wtinker@ucmo.edu
(660) 543-8953

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Miaozong Wu, Ph.D., ARM, LMU, CSP

Assistant Professor of Safety/Industrial Hygiene Master of Science in Occupational Safety Management Coordinator and Advisor
Safety Sciences
Humphreys 320
miawu@ucmo.edu
(660) 543-4411

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John Zey, EdD, CIH, Emeritus

Professor, Retired (December 2019)
Industrial Hygiene
 
jzey@ucmo.edu
 

 


 

Safety Sciences in the News

 Your Faculty and Alumni are busy making the working world a safer place...

Top Safety Journal Articles

UCM Faculty Member, Alumnus, Recognized for Top Safety Journal Articles

by Jeff Murphy, June 18, 2020

"WARRENSBURG, MO – The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) Editorial Review Board has recognized two research articles co-written by a University of Central Missouri faculty member and a UCM alumnus among the top three best member-authored works published by “Professional Safety Journal (PSJ)” for 2019.

 

In its online announcement, Dr. Georgi Popov, CSP, QEP, ARM, SMS, CMC, FAIHA, professor in the UCM School of Geoscience, Physics, and Safety Science, and Bruce K. Lyon, CSP, PE, SMS, ARM, CHMM, a university graduate and safety sciences advisory board chair who serves as vice president of Hays Company of Kansas City, are recognized for contributing the first- and third-place articles in PSJ..."

Link to the full UCM Daily Article

Safety Sciences students awarded National Scholarships

Please join me in recognizing the outstanding achievements of our students who were awarded national scholarships! 

 

2019-20 BCSP QAP/GSP Scholarship recipients:

Anna Clevenger
BS Occupational Safety

Morghan Buerky
MS Industrial Hygiene 

Karyn Blunt
MS Occupational Safety Management

https://www.bcspfoundation. org/news-events/2019-bcsp- foundation-qap-gsp-abet- scholarship-recipients/  

 

 

AIHA National Scholarships: 

AIHA Philip R Morey Memorial Scholarship

Shannon Hughes
Master's degree - Industrial Hygiene  

 

AIH Foundation Scholarship

Shannon Hughes

Master's degree - Industrial Hygiene

 

ASSP National Scholarships:

ASSP Heart of America Chapter Scholarship, $1,000
Connor Magras
University of Central Missouri
Bachelor's Degree Program: Occupational Safety Management

 

Liberty Mutual Scholarship and ASSP Safety 2020: Virtual Student Conference Registration, $7,125

Carrie-Anne Wyatt
University of Central Missouri
Bachelor's Degree Program: Safety Management
  

 

Martha Greer Board Angels Memorial Scholarship, $2,500

Destiny Kincaid
University of Central Missouri
Bachelor's Degree Program: Occupational Safety
  

 

Pollock-Stegall Safety 2020: Virtual Student Conference Registration

Connor Magras
University of Central Missouri
Bachelor's Degree Program: Occupational Safety Management
  

 

Congratulations to each of you.  These awards are highly competitive - we are very proud of your accomplishments.

 

Professional Certification

College Professor, Department Chair on Importance of Professional Certification:

Leigh Ann Blunt, a 21-Year Educator, Understands the Importance of BCSP Certification

on BCSP.org, published on Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Link to the BCSP article 

Faculty Promotions and Tenure

Congratulations, Dr. Parvanov and Dr. Wu!

Faculty Promotions and Tenure for the 2020-2021 Academic Year


The University of Central Missouri annually recognizes individuals who have achieved tenure/and or promotion. Individuals who recently attained a change in rank or achieved tenure for the 2020-2021 academic year are listed in the PDF below according to the academic area and the college they represent.

For more information:
Download: Faculty Promotions and Tenure for A 2020-2021 1.pdf
Contact Jeff Murphy at jmurphy@ucmo.edu or call 4640

Outstanding Safety Educator

Blunt Honored as ASSP's Tarrants Outstanding Safety Educator

by Jeff Murphy, April 29, 2020


The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), an organization that represents 40,000 members across the globe, has named Leigh Ann Blunt ASSP's 2020 William E. Tarrants Outstanding Safety Educator.

Link to the ASSP announcement

Link to UCM Daily Article

AIHA Fellow

Congratulations to Dr. Georgi Popov for being selected as an AIHA Fellow, April 2020 

 
The AIHA Fellows designation recognizes those who are AIHA members in good standing, have 15 years of continuous Full membership, and have made recognized contributions to industrial hygiene or related disciplines, either through research, leadership, publications, education, or service to AIHA. Fellows are nominated by an AIHA local section, special interest group, committee or peers. The Fellow designation is limited to no more than five percent of the membership.  

ASSP news: https://www.assp.org/society-update-news/2020/04/01/assp-members-honored-as-aiha-fellows

AIHA web info: https://www.aiha.org/about-aiha/awards-and-opportunities

Georgi is the 4th Safety Sciences faculty to receive this recognition.  Other recipients: Dr. Alice Greife, Dr. Allen Iske, and Dr. John Zey.

GSP Qualified Academic Program

Signifying a ‘Gold Standard’ is Met, Safety Degree from UCM Becomes GSP Qualified Academic Program

by Jeff Murphy, January 10, 2020

Link to UCM Daily Article

Safety Olympics, April 2021

 Safety Olympics Rings

Safety Olympics, coming to a University near you...April 2021

Contact: Mr. Wesley Tinker, MS, CSP wtinker@ucmo.edu

 

 

 

Occupational Safety Management Coordinator & Advisor

Dr. Miaozong Wu, ARM, LMU, CSP
Humphreys 320
(660)543-4411
Tel: miawu@ucmo.edu

Instructional Hygiene Coordinator & Advisor

Dr. Tsvetan Popov, CIH, CSP
Humphreys 324
(660)543-4411
Tel: tpopov@ucmo.edu

 

GPS School Chair (Interim)

Dr. Georgi Popov, QEP, CSP, ARM, SMS, CMC, FAIHA
Professor, Safety Sciences
Humphreys 327A
Tel: (660) 543-4208
Fax: gpopov@ucmo.edu

 

GPS Office Professional

Kate Kuhlman
Humphreys 225A-2
(660) 543-4626
Tel: Kuhlman@ucmo.edu

 

University of Central Missouri 

 



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