Dr. Julie Boyd

Dr. Julie Boyd is an assistant professor in the Occupational Safety and Health Department at Murray State University. She earned both her BS and MS degrees at Murray State University. Upon graduation with her MS degree, Dr. Boyd began working in the manufacturing sector, where she remained for over a decade before teaching at the university level.  She has EHS experience in automotive and food manufacturing, where she earned her Six Sigma Black Belt certification.  Dr. Boyd has been a full-time faculty member in the Occupational Safety and Health Department since January 2016. She recently earned her doctorate (Occupational Safety and Health Ph.D.) from Capitol Technology and is now a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH). Dr. Boyd serves as the faculty advisor for the Murray State American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) student section and the president-elect of the Purchase Area Chapter of ASSP.

Courses taught at Murray State

  • OSH 192 Introduction to Occupational Safety and Health
  • OSH 299 Professional Development
  • OSH 320 Environmental & Occupational Health Engineering Technology
  • OSH 353 Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders in the Workplace
  • OSH 384 Construction Safety
  • OSH 420 Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene
  • OSH 450 Practical Application Lab
  • OSH 453 Human Factors in Safety Engineering
  • OSH 488 Cooperative Education/Internship
  • OSH 523 Occupational Diseases


  • Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy
    Occupational Safety and Health
    Capitol Technology University; Laurel, Maryland, 2021
  • M.S. Master of Science
    Occupational Safety and Health-Industrial Hygiene Emphasis
    Murray State University; Murray, Kentucky, 2001
  • B.S. Bachelor of Science
    Agriculture Pre-Veterinary Medicine/Animal Health Technology
    Murray State University; Murray, Kentucky, 1998

Certifications and licensure

  • American Board of Industrial Hygiene: Certified Industrial Hygienist
  • Authorized OSHA 10 & 30-hour General Industry
  • Authorized OSHA 10 & 30-hour Construction Instructor
  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support/Heartsaver Instructor
  • American Red Cross First Aid & CPR Instructor

Professional experience prior to Murray State

  • EHS Industrial Consultants LLC: Murray, Kentucky, Lead Consultant/Owner, 2011-present
  • Morningstar Foods, Murray, Kentucky; Continuous Improvement Manager, 2009-2011
  • Morningstar Foods, Murray, Kentucky & Decatur, Alabama; EHS Manager, 2005-2009
  • Johnson Controls, Cadiz, Kentucky; EHS Coordinator, 2002-2005

Professional organizations and service work

  • American Society of Safety Professionals
  • National Safety Council
  • BCSP Foundation, Peer-Review Panel Member, Shift Global EHS Research to Practice
  • Family Resource Center of Murray Independent Schools (Preschool, Elementary, Middle School-Board Member/Secretary (2016-Present)
  • Family Resource Center of Murray Independent Schools (High School)-Board Member (2021-Present)

Workshop presentations

  • "NFPA 70: Shockingly Simple to Install", Tennessee Safety Congress, Nashville, TN (July 2016)
  • "NFPA 70: Shockingly Simple", Kentucky Safety and Health Network Governor's Conference, Covington, Kentucky (May 2017)
  • "Silica IH Sampling Strategies," Kentucky Safety and Health Network Governor's Conference Louisville, Kentucky (May 2018)
  • "Latest Technologies in Hearing Conservation," Kentucky Safety and Health Network Governors Conference Louisville, Kentucky (May 2019)
  • "Identifying Ergonomic Risk Utilizing Sensor Technology," AIHceEXP, Phoenix, Arizona (May 2023)

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