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2017 Job Outlook

The May 2017 edition of Safety+Health Magazine has published its 2017 job outlook for the safety and health profession.

Associate Safety and Health Manager designation

Graduates of the Environmental Health and Safety programs may apply within six months of graduation to be designated as an Associate Safety and Health Manager (ASHM). Students receiving this designation need only 2 years of EHS experience to sit for the Certified Safety and Health Manager exam. For more information, visit the Institute for Safety and Health Management website.

BS in Environmental Health & Safety

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BS in Occupational Safety & Health

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MS in Safety Management

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Environmental Health and Safety

The Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) program is multi-disciplinary in nature, providing students with relevant exposure to basic science, engineering and behavioral science subjects, as well as a thorough introduction to environmental health, occupational safety and industrial hygiene concepts. Environmental Health and Safety professionals strive to; identify, evaluate and eliminate or control hazards which expose; people, property or the environment to danger or harm. 

The EHS profession applies fundamental exposure assessment techniques (both qualitative and quantitative) for environmental health protection, particularly; the physiological and/or toxicological interactions of physical, chemical, biological, mechanical, electrical and ergonomic agents, factors, and/or stressors with the human body. EHS also aims to prevent; occupational injuries, diseases or illnesses that may occur in the work environment. In addition, the EHS professional is involved in the prevention of accidents that could cause property or environmental damages. Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) is a specified branch of the health engineering professions, focusing on the environmental protection and occupational safety. Protecting America’s workers, the environment and the general public from injury and illness in today’s age of technological advancement, has become one of the most challenging and rewarding professions available. 

A one-semester internship in the senior year of the program provides students with first-hand field experience in the practice of environmental health and safety. Internship placements are coordinated by the program director and include manufacturing, insurance, health care, energy and engineering, construction, service, consulting, labor, and government organizations.

Graduates of the program will find employment opportunities in a wide variety of occupations, including: health care facilities; industrial firms; petrochemical and energy; construction companies; insurance companies; professional associations; local, state, and federal government; and labor organizations. Oakland University’s proximity to many of the national’s leading industrial companies provides a wealth of experiential learning opportunities throughout the EHS curriculum, particularly for the internship placements. These world class companies also offer employment opportunities to the EHS graduate.

& Objectives
Oakland University has a three-fold mission. It offers instructional programs of high quality that lead to degrees at the baccalaureate, master's and doctoral levels as well as programs in continuing education; it advances knowledge and promotes the arts through research, scholarship and creative activity; and it renders significant public service. In all its activities, the university strives to exemplify educational leadership.

The Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) program contributes to the institution’s mission by offering a high-quality baccalaureate degree that meets and exceeds the educational outcomes-based criteria established by the American Society of Safety Engineers for a B.S. degree in a safety-related career field. The educational objectives of the Environmental Health and Safety program are to prepare graduates to become effective safety and health professionals. During their first five years after graduation, graduates will demonstrate their ability to:
  1. Demonstrate excellent technical capabilities in evaluating & controlling environmental/ workplace hazardous conditions and practices.
  2. Effectively analyze & develop cost effective safe operating procedures and EHS programs.
  3. Work collaboratively and effectively with colleagues, managers and citizens in building a safe productive organization and community.
  4. Be responsible citizens and effectively work with labor & mgt. in addressing workplace EHS issues.
  5. Apply sound design methodology in multidisciplinary areas to measure, evaluate and analyze EHS performance.
  6. Uphold professional, environmental, cultural, diversity, ethical standards and contemporary knowledge in EHS practice.
  7. Continue their professional advancement through life-long learning.
  8. Enhance the community through civic responsibility and the promotion of economic development.
  9. Competently use mathematical methods, engineering analysis and computations, and measurement and instrumentation techniques for compliance to EHS standards, regulations & codes.
  10. Practice effective oral and written communication skills.
  11. Demonstrate Leadership in the Profession by active participation in EHS organizations.
In addition to providing a high-quality educational experience, the Environmental Health and Safety program renders significant service to employers in southeast Michigan through cooperative education programs, internships and other experiential learning activities that enhance student learning and support area employers’ needs for health and safety services. The students in OU's EHS program have chartered a Student Section of the Greater Detroit Chapter of the ASSE and carry out community and campus safety-related public service projects as a regular part of their ASSE Student Section activities.
& History
The  Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health and Safety degree program produces graduates who can function effectively as safety professionals on multidisciplinary teams that include occupational health physicians, occupational nurses, industrial engineers, environmental engineers, union representatives, hourly workers and corporate managers. This degree provides a strong health sciences core curriculum and general education component coupled with technical and professional knowledge required by individuals pursuing professional careers in accident prevention, loss-control management and supervision, inspection and control of industrial hazards, and industrial hygiene.

Career opportunities for graduates may be found in virtually every occupational setting, including heavy industry, light manufacturing, service industries, health care, insurance companies, labor organizations, and government service at the local, state and federal levels.

Environmental Safety and Health is a relatively new, and still emerging, career field compared to other professional studies at universities across America. None of today’s safety-related baccalaureate degree programs existed before the U.S. Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. This act represents the first national legislation directed at ensuring the safety and health of America’s working men and women. The Oakland University Occupational Safety and Health baccalaureate degree, established in 1978, was one of the first such programs to respond to this national demand for increased safety and health in the workplace.

Since its beginning, OU's Environmental Health and Safety degree program has met the needs of southeast Michigan’s industrial community in responding to the increased national regulatory focus on workplace safety and health. A strong working relationship has developed between this program and automobile manufacturers, many auto parts and equipment suppliers, and a wide variety of other key employers throughout Michigan and beyond. The demand for program graduates is strong and growing, as evidenced by demand for a Master of Science in Safety Management degree program.
Baccalaureate degree students graduating from the Environmental Health and Safety program at Oakland University will demonstrate ability to:
  1. Design and evaluate a comprehensive safety and health program.
  2. Use the techniques, skills and modern scientific and technical tools necessary for professional practice.
  3. Be proficient in written composition and oral communications.
  4. Apply science knowledge to solve problems using algebra, statistics, human physiology and anatomy, physics, chemistry, as it pertains to EHS practice.
  5. Anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and develop control strategies for hazardous conditions and work practices.
  6. Identify and apply applicable standards, regulations, and codes for hazard control and work programs.
  7. Work effectively on multidisciplinary teams.
  8. Design, conduct experiments, analyze and interpret data to provide control solutions to EHS issues.
  9. Recognize and appreciate professional and ethical responsibilities of EHS professionals.
  10. Synthesize contemporary EHS issues and the impacts of their solutions within a global and societal context.
  11. Engage in continued professional development through graduate study, professional cert. and to become lifelong learners.

Malcom E. Dunbar, CSP, Vice President & Chief Safety Officer, Edward C. LEVY Co, Chair Industry Advisory Board

Charles W. McGlothlin Jr., Ph.D., P.E., EHS Program Director, Oakland University, Executive Committee Industry Advisory Board

Richard Olawoyin, Ph.D., CEP, Assistant Professor, Oakland University, Secretary Industry Advisory Board

Dave Andrews, CSP, ARM, Risk Manager, Amerisure

Julie Barbaro, Environmental Health and Safety - Assembly Division, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Darryl C. Hill, Ph.D., CSP, Vice President Global Health & Safety, Johnson Controls Inc.

Thomas W. Schenk, Ph.D., Corporate Epidemiologist, General Motors

Patrick R. Frazee, CIH, CSP, Manager (retired), Health & Safety North America, General Motors

Scott Crabill, Ph.D., Interim Associate Dean, School of Health Sciences, Oakland University

Jessica Jannaman, Senior Manager, Environmental Health & Safety NA, DURA Automotive Systems

Thomas J. Martin, CIH, CSP, Manager, Safety & Industrial Hygiene, Ramboll Environmental

Kathy Glodich, CSP, Senior Loss Control Consultant, Accident Fund Insurance Company

Wendy Burkett, Regional Safety & Security Manager, North America, Ford Motor Company

Ben Treppa, CSP, Operations & Safety Supervisor, County of Macomb

Linda Ritter, Graduate Student Representative, MS in Safety Management

Mary Asher, Undergraduate Student Representative, BS in Environmental Health & Safety

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The following is an excerpt taken from the American Society of Safety Engineers' (ASSE) website.

Since safety professionals provide technical assistance in identifying, evaluating and controlling hazards, safety professionals work virtually anywhere where people might be exposed to hazards. There are positions for safety professionals in every part of the United States and in other countries.

No matter what a company’s business is, its employees can encounter some type of hazard, either at work, getting to and from work or at home or play. Even working at a computer terminal can be hazardous, producing long-term injuries to the hand and wrist, back or other parts of the body. Whether a company does manufacturing, mining, transportation, agriculture, chemicals, fuels production, construction, or provides services, it will always face hazards in some or all of its operations. It is likely that the company would employ or contract with one or more safety professionals.

It is common for companies to employ safety professionals at particular work sites. At corporate offices, safety professionals can coordinate the hazard control activities away from the work sites. Some college graduates in safety begin as Assistant Safety Managers at small plants or company work sites. After a period of training and successful performance, the graduates may advance to Safety Director at a small plant. Later, they may advance to similar positions at larger facilities.