Safety Science for the Rest of Your Life (3) Survey of applications and technologies associated with safety in our every day life with associated review of scientific principles and economic, social and political impacts.
EGEE 110 Safety Science for the Rest of Your Life (3)
Safety is an applied field with many aspects. It has engineering, science, psychology and management components. For an understanding of how humans interact with their working and living environment, one has to understand the basic sciences of physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics and psychology as well as some of the traditional engineering disciplines. This general education course is intended to provide students with a basic understanding of how these science and engineering principles are applied in a safety context to every day life, products, hobbies, finances and human interaction. The material that will be discussed, presented, assigned, tested, etc. is the fundamental science and engineering principals behind each applied safety-related activity discussed.
The history discussion will include bacteria exposure and ergonomic aspects (such as cumulative trauma, impact on the body of hot environments, long shifts, etc.) of meat packers, railroaders and miners. It will include discussion of air pollution associated with industry's early development and toxicological effects of exposure to methyl iso-cyanate associated with Union Carbide's 1984 incident in Bhopal, India. Ventilation, water influx and collapse hazards associated with the mining industry (e.g. Quecreek) are discussed. The science of finding the right drill shaft location for air and rescue at Quecreek will be discussed. Economic coverage will include the societal costs of inadequate safety measures. The hazards and control sections will cover structural and impact resistant aspects of sports equipment and the biomechanics of sports injuries. The inner workings of smoke detectors, how fires progress through a home, fire extinguishers, quenching, smothering, combustion reaction interruption mechanisms of fire suppression will also be covered. In fleet safety, applied physics concepts such as friction, acceleration, momentum and force will be presented. Electrical concepts such as static generation, grounding, current flow, etc. will be covered in a safety context (filling a gas can). Toxicology of chemical exposure, biomechanics and ergonomics of materials handling, moving, lifting, climbing, etc. will be dealt with through examples, discussions and presentations. Bacteria sanitization, disinfection, freezing, cooking, etc. and other food science concepts will be presented in a safety context. Emergency response issues from catastrophic incidents (natural or purposeful attack) will be addressed and practiced.
This course will be offered in the spring and fall semesters. Performance assessment will be through on-line quizzes, a short individual and a longer group analytical and reflective paper and a group presentation of the results of an outside deductive analysis activity.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.