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The Department of Occupational Safety and Health at Murray State University is pleased to announce the receipt of a generous donation from the Chevron Corporation. The $15,000 donation will be utilized to strengthen the ability to serve our students by providing scholarships, funds for the AIHA and ASSE student chapters, and support for various department needs. Donations such as this, in addition to the internship and employment opportunities, helps our department maintain the highest standards necessary for our nationally accredited bachelor and master degree programs. Continued support provided by companies like the Chevron Corporation is invaluable to the professional growth and success of the occupational safety and health students at Murray State University.
L to R: Melissa Burcham, HES Specialist – Field and Process Support, Chevron Deepwater Exploration/Projects SBU D&C; LaTasha Goodridge –Advisor, Project Resource Company, HES Recruiter – Murray State University, Chevron Upstream & Gas; Dr. David G. Kraemer – Chair, Department of Occupational Safety and Health; Daniel Snyder – Project Manager, Upstream Business Unit, Chevron Environmental Management Company
Dr. John W. Wells, Jr., authored
published in the September 2013 issue of Professional Safety. The publication was also referenced by the ISHN Magazine. For reference click here.
Fall 2013 OSH Graduate Assistants/NIOSH Grant Recipients
2013 Aircraft Carrier Noise Study CVN 77
Dr. Bassam Atieh, Dr. Randal Keller, and Dr. Gary Morris co-authored
published in the August 2013 issue of Professional Safety.
Dr. David G. Kraemer, Professor and Chair of the Department of Occupational Safety and Health was awarded the Spirit Award by the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) on May 30,2013. The Spirit Award is a yearly recognition that is presented to an individual or organization that epitomizes the spirit and mission of the NFSI to aid in the prevention of slips, trips and falls through education, research and standards development.
Russ Kendzior, NFSI president, presented the award to Kraemer, thanking him for his commitment and leadership in the NFSI/MSU partnership and his dedication to the education of OSH students. The NFSI and Murray State partnered for the first slip-and-fall accident prevention research and training laboratory, located on campus. Unlike other independent university research projects that have been conducted in the past, the NFSI research laboratory at Murray State University is the first permanent facility of its type in the country and serves as a training ground for future environmental health and safety professions.
The partnership has allowed undergraduate and graduate occupational safety and health students to study the cause-and-effect relationships that occur as the result of hazardous flooring conditions. The students have been able to study how the slip resistance of various walkway materials is impacted by contaminants and how those contaminants may be removed to provide a stable walking surface.
“The partnership between NFSI and Murray State is one of the signature cooperative efforts on campus,” said Dr. Randy Dunn, MSU president. “I thank Dr. Kraemer for his efforts, which have continued to elevate the occupational safety and health program as one of the strongest on campus.”
The Air Evac Lifeteam Visits MSU
The Air Evac Lifeteam landed at Murray State University's Roy Stewart Stadium on May 30, 2013, and held a safety class for OSH 101, Emergency Medical Training, students.
Murray State University ASSE Student Chapter Hosts a Tornado Relief Drive for Oklahoma
The MSU ASSE Student Chapter held its second Tornado Relief Drive on May 28, 2013. Four volunteers from MSU’s ASSE Student Chapter helped with efforts to collect items needed to aid Oklahoma cities in their recovery effort from the F4 tornado that destroyed large parts of Moore, Oklahoma and other nearby cities. MSU ASSE students used the Dollar General storefront in Murray, KY, as the venue for the drive. A big thank you to Dollar General and all of the people who were kind enough to donate several hundred dollars worth of needed items for Oklahoma.
OSH Awards & Recognition Reception
The Department of
Occupational Safety and Health celebrated its annual Awards and Recognition
Reception on April 26, 2013, at the Richard H. Lewis Lodge at Cherokee Park.
OSH students were recognized for receiving over $56,000 in scholarship money,
as well as over $64,000 in NIOSH grant tuition assistance. Twenty-seven
students were recognized for receiving the Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP)
designation and fifteen students were inducted into Rho Sigma Kappa, the OSH
Honor’s Society. Thirty-four students were recognized as May/August 2013
graduates, twenty graduating with a B.S. in OSH and fourteen with a M.S. in
OSH. In addition, the first Thomas R. Begley Memorial Award was awarded to a
deserving OSH student. The undergraduate Honor’s Recipients for outstanding
academic performance, outstanding senior, and outstanding contributor were also
Dr. Treasa M. Turnbeaugh, CEO of BCSP, Speaks to OSH Students
Dr. Treasa M. Turnbeaugh, the Chief Executive Officer of the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) spoke to the Occupational Safety and Health Students at Murray State University on March 28, 2013, at the MSU ASSE Student Chapter meeting.
Murray State University ASSE Student Chapter Hosts a Tornado Relief Drive for Hattiesburg, Mississippi
On February 10, 2013, an F4 tornado tore through Hattiesburg, Mississippi causing numerous injuries and millions of dollars in damage. Several dorm buildings of Southern Mississippi University (SMU) were damaged and many students were left without living quarters.
In an effort to assist Hattiesburg in rebuilding and educate our own community in Murray, our ASSE chapter held a Tornado Relief Drive in the storefront of Dollar General on March 2, 2013. We asked patrons of the store to purchase and donate certain items needed in Hattiesburg. We also handed out Red Cross Emergency Preparedness and Home Hazard Hunt Checklists to the public. The purpose behind these handouts was to educate our community on what preparations they need to make in the case an emergency such as a tornado ever hit our area. The Home Hazard Hunt Checklist instructed people on how to control hazards in the home.
Thirteen MSU ASSE members came to the event to assist in the collection of donations. We collected several hundred dollars worth of much needed goods. The items donated for the SMU tornado relief were taken to a distribution center in Hattiesburg by SMU alumni.
National Safety Council Designates Murray State University a Safe Community
The National Safety Council designated Murray State University as an "International Safe Community" on December 7, 2012. Murray State is the 1st public university in the world to receive this designation and is only the third university to be designated. It is the 22nd community in the United States, the 299th worldwide. As the first public university to become designated, it 's a real differentiator.
In 2011, it was suggested by the Murray State University, American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Student Section President that the university pursue the Safe Community designation and the process began. Dr. David Fender, Professor in the Department of Occupational Safety and Health, was largely responsible for applying and receiving the designation for Murray State.
This designation means that Murray State University has demonstrated that it is a leading institution in addressing a wide variety of safety and health issues. We have processes in place to keep the campus safe, both from a safety and health viewpoint. It does not mean that the university or the community is 100 percent safe, nobody could make that claim, but we do have successful active prevention programs as well as having processes that if something were to happen, then we know exactly what needs to be done.
Safe Communities America is an international program that was developed more than 20 years ago by the World Health Organization's (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Community Safety Promotion in Stockholm, Sweden. It started at the local level and caught on across Sweden before the WHO took notice.
The program is a proven approach to community injury reduction structured around a broad coalition of coalition of community partners, including businesses, civic organizations, local government, non-profits, and local residents.
The United States and the National Safety Council has been involved with this since 2007, and since that time 23 communities that have been designated. It takes a lot of work and requires a significant effort to achieve the designation and is quite a prestigious honor. To receive the designation communities must have and document extensive safety and health programs in a wide variety of areas and pass an on-site review with an international review team.
Dr. Randal Keller Receives Special Recognition
Randal Keller has received a special recognition as a result of his efforts
working with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Chemical and Biological
Technologies Department: Advance and Emerging Threat Division. Dr. Keller has
been part of a distinguished Review Panel for the annual project-level
technical review team. This year’s Science and Technology (S&T) Review
Symposium included more than 40 projects that were funded at almost 40 million
Keller was nominated and competitively selected as a reviewer and subject
matter expert for this project. He was commended by his peers for his scientific
insights and practical, logical comments throughout the process. Congratulations
Dr. Keller for serving as an ideal ambassador for MSU and the OSH Department!
MSU ASSE Student Chapter Participates in the 2012 Mudicine Run
The Murray State University ASSE Student Chapter got “down and dirty” to help the local community. Approximately 30 OSH students and 2 OSH faculty members participated in the first ever “Mudicine Run” in Marshall County. The proceeds of this 5k were raised to help support the new free health clinic. Students showed up bright and early ready to run, the race started with a 2 mile run followed by a mile of muddy obstacles. The morning was filled with laughter and cheering as each team crossed the finish line. This is just one of the many ways our local ASSE chapter is building friendships and giving back to the community.
Dr. Turnbeaugh has realized a ground breaking accomplishment for the safety, health and environmental industry by becoming the first female to head the international certification body the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.
The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) is pleased to announce Treasa M. Turnbeaugh, Ph.D., MBA, CSP, CET, as the new Chief Executive Officer effective September 1, 2012. Dr. Turnbeaugh was selected after a national search for this position and will succeed retiring CEO, Thomas L. Adams, LHD, CAE.
Dr. Turnbeaugh most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer of BCSP, where she was responsible for all examinations, marketing, customer service, and business development as well as the development of new initiatives for BCSP to bring value to its certificants. Dr. Turnbeaugh is experienced in the Safety, Health and Environmental (SH&E) field and in the field of professional certification. Additionally, Dr. Turnbeaugh brings experience and leadership in the business arena of both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.
Dr. Turnbeaugh holds a Ph.D. in Health Services Research, with a minor in Epidemiology and a Master of Public Health from Saint Louis University; a Master of Business Administration from Lindenwood University; and both a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health, with a specialization in Industrial Hygiene, from Murray State University. She is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, the American Industrial Hygiene Association, and the American Society of Association Executives. Dr. Turnbeaugh has been in the SH&E profession for over 25 years, has held her CSP certification over 20 years, and is a Certified Environmental, Safety & Health Trainer (CET).
"Dr. Turnbeaugh's leadership and management skills along with knowledge of the SH&E industry bring exactly the right blend of business to continue moving BCSP forward in advancing the SH&E profession and to bring value to our certification holders," stated Carl Heinlein, President of the Board of Directors of BCSP. "The Board and the entire team at BCSP are looking forward to continued success and growth with Dr. Turnbeaugh as the CEO." On her new appointment, Turnbeaugh said, "I am honored to lead the excellent team at BCSP; we have had a rich history of providing exceptional service in competency based testing for the SH&E industry and together with the Board, we will continue to move the organization forward through sustainable service, growth and innovation."
The Board of Directors of the Institute for Safety and Health Management (ISHM) has recognized the Department of Occupational Safety & Health’s Bachelor and Master of Science degrees. Students graduating with a B.S. or M.S. in Occupational Safety & Health may immediately apply for the Associate Safety and Health Manager (ASHM) certification and with two years experience in the safety and health management field apply for and take the Certified Safety and Health Manager (CSHM) exam.
The Institute for Safety and Health Management is the credentialing organization founded by the National Safety Management Society (NSMS), to promote the establishment of professional standards. Through the ISHM certification program, the Institute promotes the advancement of safety management through the application of management principles and the integration of safety into all levels and activities of management. For more information go to www.ishm.org.
The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) has recognized the Department of Occupational Safety & Health’s Bachelor and Master of Science degrees. Students graduating with a B.S. or M.S. in Occupational Safety & Health from Murray State University may immediately apply for the Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) designation. The Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) program is an additional path to the Certified Safety Professional (CSP). The GSP designation is available to safety degree graduates from degree programs which meet BCSP Qualified Academic Program (QAP) standards. A QAP is an academic degree program in safety which meets BCSP standards for participation in the GSP program. Currently, BCSP defines a QAP as a bachelor's or master's degree program holding program accreditation as a safety or similarly named program by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET (ABET-ASAC). The benefits for obtaining the GSP designation include recognition for bring in a path toward the CSP certification, recognition for the level of preparation for professional safety practice, a waiver of the application fee, a waiver of the Safety Fundamentals examination, and a certificate awarding the GSP designation.
The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) began in 1969 as a peer certification board. Its sole purpose is to certify practitioners in the safety profession. Since its inception, over 20,000 individuals have achieved the CSP certification and nearly 11,000 currently hold it. The value of the CSP continues to grow. In the U.S., numerous laws, regulations and standards cite it. More importantly, many companies include it in position standards, government agencies rely on it and contracts for safety services require it. The average person holding the CSP credential today earns nearly $20,000 more than others in the safety field who hold no certification. For more information go to www.bcsp.org.