OSH Spotlight

 OSH Students, Maegan Alexander, Cameron Bishop, Morgan Huston, and Alex Klapp, with OSH Faculty, Dr. Yousif Abulhassan, represented MSU’s AIHA Student Chapter by presenting and attending the AIHA Alabama 5th Annual Future of the Profession Event in Birmingham, AL.

AL AIHA 


OSH Students, David Lawrence, Ariana Jen, and Blake Thomas, along with OSH Chair, Dr. Wortham were invited to attend the 15th Annual Southern Company Contractor Safety Forum.

Southern Company Constractor Safety Forum 


Dr. Randal Keller, Professor in the Department of Occupational Safety and Health, has completed a second term with the Standing Committee on Chemical Demilitarization, Board of Army Science and Technology, of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.  

Dr. Randal Keller - Committee on Chemical DemilitarizationDuring his term Dr. Keller served as Chair of the Committee on Disposal Options for the Rocket Motors of Nerve Agent Rockets at Blue Grass Army Depot; as a Member of the Committee on the Assessment on the Process Safety for the Blue Grass and Pueblo Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plants; of the Committee to Evaluate the Safety and Environmental Metrics for Potential Application at Chemical Agent Disposal Facilities; and the Committee to Review and Assess Industrial Hygiene Standards and Practices at Tooele Chemical Agent Disposal Facility. 

These committees produced the following studies:


 OSH Students, Doug DeMoulin and Austin Blakely, represented MSU’s AIHA Student Chapter by presenting at the Tennessee Valley Section AIHA Conference in Knoxville, TN. Doug DeMoulin presented on Application of RFID Technology in Search and Rescue Operations. Austin Blakely presented on Challenges of Industrial Hygiene Monitoring in a Refinery.   

OSH Student Presentation               OSH Student Presentation 


 

 Dr. Yousif Abulhassan, Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Safety and Health, received the 2016 Safety Technical Group Best Student Paper Award (First Place) from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society at the HFES International Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. The Award was for his paper entitled “Relating The Strength Capabilities of Children to the Design of School Bus Emergency Roof Hatches."  

Dr. Abulhassan


Dr. Bassam Atieh is Appointed Residential College Head of Richmond College 

The Office of Student Affairs is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Bassam Atieh, Professor in the Department of Occupational Safety and Health, as the new College Head of Richmond College. Dr. Atieh has a very impressive record of working with students outside the classroom and will be a valuable addition to the residential college system according to Don Robertson, vice president for Student Affairs. 


Dr. Kristen Spicer led OSH 330/630 on a Study Abroad Tour to Ireland to Gain Irish Perspectives on Risk Management.

Group Photo


 2016 OSH Awards and  Recognition Reception

2016 Awards Banquet 

The Department of Occupational Safety and Health celebrated its annual Awards and Recognition Reception on April 29, 2016, in the Murray Room at the CFSB Center. OSH students were recognized for receiving over $105,000 in scholarship money and for receiving NIOSH grant tuition assistance. May/August 2016 graduates were recognized, as well as honored for their upcoming receipt of the Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) designation. The first cohort to graduate from the Online M.S. OSH program was recognized. Rho Sigma Kappa, OSH’s Honor Society, inducted the deserving students for spring 2016. The Dr. David G. Kraemer Outstanding Contributor award was given to a deserving undergraduate student, and the Thomas R. Begley Memorial Award was awarded to two deserving graduate students. The undergraduate Honor's Recipients for outstanding academic performance and outstanding senior were also named. OSH faculty were also recognized: Dr. Bassam Atieh for twenty-five years of service at MSU, and Dr. Randal Keller for twenty years of service at MSU. Dr. David Fender was also recognized for his upcoming retirement after twenty-one years of outstanding service at MSU, as well as for being the recipient of Murray State’s Board of Regent's Teaching Excellence Award. 


Eleven Murray State University students have received scholarships through the American Society of Safety Engineers. A total of 106 students were awarded scholarships, with Murray State having the highest number of recipients among all colleges and universities. 
 

Murray State recipients include Clint Combs (Gilbertsville, Ky.), Braden Cook (Elizabethtown, Ill.), Brice Griesemer (Shelbyville, Ill.), Alec Jackson (Dexter, Mo.), James McIntyre (Gilbertsville, Ky.), Kelly Mehner (Waterloo, Ill.), Tanner Neese (Greenville, Ill.), Rachel Ragovin (Murray, Ky.), Josh Reed (Harrisburg, Ill.), Eric Sapp (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) and Luke Whitmore (Shepherdsville, Ky.).The eleven students are all working towards a degree in the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) through the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology.

“The Department of Occupational Safety and Health at Murray State University is proud of its students’ accomplishments.  We are very appreciative of the annual commitment made by the professional membership of the American Society of Safety Engineers in providing our students support in the form of scholarships,” said OSH Department Chair Dr. Tracey Wortham. “In addition, the ASSE Foundation also awarded an OSH department lecturer a significant scholarship to pursue doctoral studies.  The OSH Department is grateful that the ASSE Foundation endeavors to ensure the future of the safety profession by supporting advancements in our students’ education and careers.”

“The OSH degree program is a source of pride to Murray State University, and we are pleased and proud to see that our students majoring in this program are being recognized with these scholarships,” said Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology Dean Dr. Stephen Cobb. “We thank ASSE for their generosity and support in educating the next generation of OSH professionals.” “We are thrilled to be able to award these scholarships and grants through the generous contributions of our donors,” said ASSE Foundation Board Chair Michael Murray. “We are committed to strengthening the OSH profession by helping these groups advance their education and careers.”  


The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) has recognized the Department of Occupational Safety and 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 Directors of the Institute for Safety and Health Management (ISHM) has recognized the Department of Occupational Safety and 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.

 

OSH Awards & Recognition Reception


 

OSH Awards & Recognition Reception



 

OSH Awards & Recognition Reception


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.     
 

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.     
 

MSU ASSE Student Chapter Participates in the 2012 Mudicine Run
 

    

 

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.


 




Murray State University ASSE Student Chapter Hosts a Tornado Relief Drive for Oklahoma

 

 


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.


 

 Dr. Bassam Atieh, Dr. Randal Keller, and Dr. Gary Morris co-authored
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
 

Dr. David L. Fender and Clinton T. Wolfley co-authored
published in the January 2014 issue of Professional Safety. 
Dr. David L. Fender and Clinton T. Wolfley co-authored
published in the January 2014 issue of Professional Safety. 

 

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.