Dr. Traci Byrd

Dr. Traci Byrd is an Associate Professor of Occupational Safety and Health at Murray State University.  She received both B.S. and M.A. degrees from Murray State University and an Ed.D. from Union University.  She has taught for the department of Occupational Safety and Health for 20 years and serves as the Emergency Medical Training Program Coordinator for one of the top emergency medical training programs in Kentucky.  Currently, she is the assistant director of the Occupational Safety and Health Training Center at Murray State providing training in various safety and health areas including hazardous materials handling and response, hazard communications, confined space, and incident command training.  She was appointed to the Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board by KY Governor Andy Beshear in 2019 and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Safety and Health Network.  Dr. Byrd is a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals and is also co-chair of the Murray State University Safe Community Network.   

Courses taught at Murray State

  • OSH 100T Transitions
  • OSH 101 Emergency Medical Training
  • OSH 192 Introduction to Occupational Safety and Health
  • OSH 299 Professional Development I
  • OSH 311 Hazardous Materials & Emergency Planning
  • OSH 371 Professional Internship II
  • OSH 488 Cooperative Education/Internship
  • OSH 511 Hazardous Waste Site Operation
  • OSH 650 Occupational Safety and Health Leadership and Management

Education

  • Ed.D. (Doctor of Education)
    Leadership in Higher Education
    Union University, Jackson, TN, 2014
  • M.A. (Master of Arts)
    Therapeutic Recreation and Leisure Services
    Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky, 1999
  • B.S. (Bachelor of Science)
    Communication Disorders (Speech Pathology)
    Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky, 1995

Certification and licensure

  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support Instructor
  • American Red Cross CPR: Professional Rescuer Instructor
  • Kentucky Emergency Medical Technician - Basic / Level II Instructor
  • Kentucky Emergency Medical Technician - First Responder / Level I Instructor

Professional experience prior to Murray State

  • Telecommunications Supervisor, Murray State Police Department, Murray, Kentucky
  • Educational Assistant, Murray-Calloway County Hospital, Murray, Kentucky

Clinical/professional focus

  • Pre-Hospital Care / Emergency Response
  • Hazardous Materials and Emergency Planning

Professional organizations

  • American Society of Safety Professionals
  • Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board
  • Kentucky Safety and Health Network, Inc.

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