Oct 16, 2019  
2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Safety Management (BS)

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Safety Management Department

Office: 106 Strain Safety Building

Phone: 724-738-2017


Department Chair
Joseph Cali


Department Secretary

April Coleman


The Department of Safety Management offers a hands-on, practical, and applied Bachelor of Science Degree in Safety Management.  The B.S. in Safety Management is designed to assure development of competencies which enable innovative approaches in the establishment and direction of comprehensive safety programs in educational, governmental, private business and industrial enterprises. Safety Management involves protecting and preserving people, property, productivity and the environment. The curriculum fosters an education that enables students to become responsible, knowledgeable and accountable safety professionals. The Bachelor of Science degree in Safety Management at Slippery Rock University meets the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) requirements as a Qualified Academic Program (QAP).  The Bachelor of Science degree in Safety Management is an Institute for Safety and Health Management (ISHM) Board approved Degree Program.

The Department of Safety Management also operates a National Resource Center-WVU OSHA Training Institute Education Center Host Site.  The Department adheres to the OSHA requirements that an instructor be physically in the classroom with a maximum number of 40 students.  Students who successfully complete SAFE 218 (General Industry) and SAFE 258 (Construction) are eligible to receive OSHA cards.  The Cards are an added value to the courses.  However, a student must meet all the OSHA requirements to receive the Cards.  Cards are issued at the discretion of the Instructor and enrollment in the courses does not entitle the student to the Cards. The Department is also able to offer approximately 40 OSHA courses.

For Safety Management laboratory courses, the Department of Safety Management attempts to follow the recommendation of both the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and Laboratory Safety Institute (LSI) which is to have the lesser of 24 students per lab, and the design capacity of the room, or 55 sq. ft. per student for lecture/lab combo rooms and 45 sq. ft. per student for only lab rooms.


GPA policy

  • All Transfer, Readmit, and change of major students must have an overall GPA of 2.75 before being admitted to the Safety Management Major.
  • All Post-Bac and second major students must have an overall GPA of 3.0 before being admitted to the Safety Management Major.
  • Mid-term grades are not to be calculated when determining GPA for entry into the Safety Management Major.  All change of major students must have completed 12 hours of coursework at Slippery Rock University.
  • Once admitted to the Safety Management major, all students must maintain the current overall GPA of 2.25 and a Major GPA of 2.25, in order to graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Safety Management. It is solely the students’ responsibility to monitor and meet this requirement.
  • The Safety Management Department does not process any Change of Major, Second Major and Post Bacc requests two weeks prior to, or during, any registration period.


Professional Certifications


Board of Certified Safety Professionals

Upon graduation (must apply within one year), Slippery Rock University Safety Majors are eiligible for the Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) designation which waives the Associate Safety Professionals (ASP) examination and provides a pathway to the professional certification of a Certified Safety Professional (CSP).  Upon four years of qualifying experience, Safety Management graduates are eligible to sit for the CSP examination. Accredited by the American Standards Institute and the National Council on Competency Assessment.

For additional information, visit: www.bcsp.org


Institute for Safety and Health Management

Upon graduation, Slippery Rock University Safety Majors are eligible for the Associate Safety and Health Certification (ASHM) designation since the examination is waived.  The ASHM provides a pathway to the professional certification of a Certified Safety and Health Manager (CSHM).  Upon two years of qualifying experience, Safety Management graduates are eligible to sit for the CSHM examination.  Accredited by the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards.

For additional information visit: www.ishm.org


Career Opportunities

Upon completion of the degree, students are prepared for entry-to-mid-level administrative, managerial, and supervisory positions in the field of safety. Other options include: health care, insurance, manufacturing, chemical, consulting, higher education and government agencies. Additional options and positions include: risk control manager, safety consultant, safety coordinator, safety account manager, assistant safety representative, loss control representative, health and safety scientist, safety and environmental manager, safety engineer, regional safety coordinator, senior environmental engineer, corporate health and safety officer, regulatory compliance coordinator, and safety and health compliance officer.

Internship Program

The internship offers students the opportunity to obtain firsthand experience in the work place. Students are provided the opportunity to apply concepts and techniques learned in the classroom to the workplace environment. The internship program is administered in cooperation with a variety of organizations, including government, industry, insurance, health care and other related enterprises, The 12-week, 12-credit internship is offered only during the summer term, with the majority of interns receiving compensation.

Student Organizations

All students accepted into the safety management major are encouraged to be student members of both the American Society of Safety Professionals and the student section of ASSP at Slippery Rock University. Students are also encouraged to attend meetings, conferences, seminars, and workshops as part of their professional educational growth.

Contact the Department of Safety Management for the most current requirements.


Safety Management Department Attendance Policy

Attend and participate in class.  There is no distinction between “excused and unexcused”.  When you are absent from class, you are absent.  It is your responsibility to find out what was covered that day.  As a Safety major, in order to prepare you for a career as a professional Safety practitioner, you are expected to attend class regularly and promptly.  Absences according to the chart below will result in a letter grade reduction.




T/R Classes




MWF Classes



One night

a week

class Absences


One Letter Grade Reduction










Two Letter Grade Reductions










Three Letter Grade Reductions










Four Letter Grade Reductions











Safety Management Department Electronic Device Use Policy


Electronic devices such as cell phones, pagers, video games, etc. are not permitted on and must be put away during class.  This policy includes the sending or receiving of any email, text messages and all other communication. Student must obtain instructor’s permission to use a laptop or any word processing device in the classroom (Instructor, will void permission if privilege is abused). This policy also includes students who leave the classroom in order to not violate the policy in class. However, if a student is expecting an important phone call, they must notify the instructor of the nature of the call prior to the start of class and that they may need to leave the classroom.  Also, no tape recording of class unless permission is given by the instructor.

                                    1st violation – One letter Grade Reduction

                                    2nd violation – Two letter Grade Reductions

                                    3rd violation – Student will receive an ‘F’ for the course

Requirements for the Major - Credits: 60

Internship Requirement / Policy

Each student is required to successfully complete a 12 credit (SAFE450), 480 hour internship in order to graduate with a BS in Safety Management. It is the student’s responsibility to secure an internship site. Internship requirements are available from the Department of Safety Management. The internship will  only be waived if a student prior to entering the Safety Major at Slippery Rock University has held a professional full-time position in the field of Safety (documentation required) or has a military commitment (documentation required). An Internship Resource Manual is available listing sites where students have completed Safety Internships in the past. Potential Internship employers also conduct interviews on campus. If a student fails to secure and complete an internship, they must change their major. The major that will assist the student who does not complete an internship in graduating is a BS in Interdisciplinary Programs. (Internships are Summer only)


Required Support Courses - Credits: 6

Additional Required Courses - Credits: 9

Science and Mathematics courses may also be used in your Liberal Studies requirements.

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