Dr. David Wilbanks

Courses taught at Murray State

  • OSH 330/630 Global Issues in Occupational Safety and Health
  • OSH 387 OSH Standards
  • OSH 445/645 Loss Control Management and Measurement
  • OSH 452 Systems Approach to Hazard Control
  • OSH 488 Cooperative Education/Internship
  • OSH 546/646 Fundamentals of Risk Management
  • OSH 636 Transportation Safety
  • OSH 640 Safety and Health Program Management and Training
  • OSH 644 Graduate Cooperative Education
  • OSH 650 OSH Organizational Leadership and Management
  • OSH 657 Current Literature and Research in Safety and Health
  • OSH 697 Research in Environmental Health and Safety


  • B.S., Occupational Safety and Health, Murray State University, Murray, KY
  • M.P.H., Environmental Health Sciences, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
  • Ph.D., Safety Sciences, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA

Certification and licensure

  • Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Board of Certified Safety Professionals
  • Associates Risk Management (ARM), The Institutes, Insurance Knowledge Group


  • Preventing Major Injuries, Observations on Theory, Models & a Path Ahead. Article. Professional Safety, November 2013.
  • Prevention Through Design, A Curriculum Model to Facilitate Hazard Analysis & Risk Assessment. Article. Professional Safety, April 2015.
  • The Sarbanes-Oxley Act: Relevant to OSH Practice? Article. Professional Safety, February, 2016.
  • Contractor Safety Prequalification: The Reality of Demanded Written Programs. Professional Safety, July 2018.
  • Contractor Safety Prequalification: The Significant Limitations of Loss Rates. Professional Safety, July 2019.
  • The Relevance & Benefit of ISO 31000 to OSH Practice. Wilbanks, D. & Byrd, T. (2020). Professional Safety, October 2020. Vol. 65(10).
  • Early COVID-19 Planning, Response and Lessons in Occupational Safety and Health. Wilbanks, D., Abulhassan, Y., & Kilpatrick, R. Professional Safety, January 2021.
  • Contractor Safety Prequalification - Background, Current Practice and New Paths. Professional Safety, March 2021.
  •  Key Stakeholder Perceptions of Select Forward Mobile Equipment Pedestrian Alarms. Wilbanks, D., Kilpatrick, R. & Abulhassan, Y. Journal of Safety Research, January 2022.
  • Reconciling occupational safety and health (OSH) Master’s of Science curricula with employer demands. Wilbanks, D., Abulhassan, Y., Wachter, J. Safety Science. January 2023.

Professional experience prior to Murray State

  • Corporate Safety & Health Manager, Gerdau Long Steel North America, Tampa, FL, 2004 - 2017
  • Operations Manager, Principal Consultant, Det Norske Veritas (DNV), U.S.A., Inc., 1996 – 2004
  • Senior Consultant, Det Norske Veritas (DNV), U.S.A., Inc., 1990 – 1994

Related experience and early career

  • On-site and corporate mining and steel industry safety and health program management:
    • Dravo Natural Resources, Mobile, Alabama
    • Atlantic Steel, Atlanta, Georgia
    • Round Mountain Gold Corporation, Round Mountain, Nevada

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