Health, Physical Education And Recreation | Today's Safety Issues: A Personal Focus
S317 | 1055 | Dr. Earl Blair
Topical Seminar in Safety Education
Safety Issues: A Personal Focus
Department of Applied Health Science
S317/Section 35995 - Spring 2001
Instructor Office Hours:
Dr. Earl Blair, CSP
Dept. of Applied Health Science Day: ____________ Time:
HPER 116 Day: ____________
Phone: 856-5768 Day: ____________ Time:
Please use Oncourse to correspond with the Instructor and Assistants
Course Assistants are:
· Dong-Chul Seo, Doctoral Student in Safety
· David Pitts, Masters Student in SPEA
This seminar surveys current topics of interest in safety. Areas
explored include: injury problems, safety analysis, home safety, fire
safety, personal protection, responding to emergencies, firearm
safety, motor vehicle safety, occupational safety, recreational
safety, school safety, and related issues.
Bever, David L., Safety: A Personal Focus (4th ed.),
McGraw-Hill: Boston, 1996.
Note: A copy of the textbook is on reserve in the HPER
Course Activities & Requirements
1. Class meets on Tuesday and Thursday in Ballantine Hall - Room
310 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Attendance will be taken at each
2. Students are expected to be prepared for each class and ready
to intelligently discuss materials and accurately answer questions.
3. In-class activities will be part of the class and your course
grade. Activities may include individual and small group work, case
studies, problem solving scenarios, and hand-written papers.
4. Personal orderliness - Students are expected to be respectful
and not disturb each other or the speaker during class.
5. Written assignments are due as listed in the syllabus.
6. Two examinations will be given to demonstrate knowledge.
After completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Explain relevant safety factors and how to reduce injuries.
2. Describe the role of statistics in safety and recognize the
3. List and prioritize the duties and responsibilities of a first
4. Recognize common risks and appropriate countermeasures for
5. Understand the basics of fire prevention and control.
6. Explain basic measures for personal protection and firearm
7. Recognize statistics and appropriate measures to improve motor
vehicle and pedestrian safety.
8. Understand the basics of occupational safety, including the
role of OSHA and the major functions of safety professionals.
9. Describe the appropriate actions under various natural and
10. Understand how to prevent recreational injuries and accidents.
11. Demonstrate an understanding of safety issues and related
countermeasures at schools.
12. Recognize current and future issues in safety.
Your final grade is based on the number of points you earn during the
seminar. Points are earned through the following system:
First examination 50 points
Second examination 50 points
Quizzes, & Activities 80 points 40%
Course Project 20 points
Total points possible 200 points
Grading Scale % Final Grade Grading Scale % Final Grade
95 - 100 A 77 - 79 C+
92 - 94 A- 73 - 76 C
90 - 92 B+ 70 - 72 C-
84 - 89 B 67 - 69 D+
80 - 83 B- 63 - 66 D
60 - 62 D-
59 and below
If for some reason the total points at the end of the course are
slightly more or less than 200, each category under the Grading
Criteria above will be appropriately weighted to maintain the same
percentages as specified, e.g. Exams are 25% each, Assignment, Quizzes
& Activities are 40%, and the Course Project is 10%.
Attendance & Conduct
You will be assigned seating for the seminar. You may earn 3 points
bonus for perfect attendance if you consistently arrive to class on
time and stay until the end. Points may be deducted for tardiness and
for disturbing the class in other ways, e.g., carrying on
conversations during presentations. Please notify an Assistant if you
must leave class early, otherwise leaving before class is over may
count as an absence.
The Instructor will normally make a general announcement if students
are too noisy or talkative during presentations. If individuals do
not curtail the disruption at that time, the instructor will instruct
an assistant to deduct points from the student's grade and an Email
will be sent through Oncourse to notify the student that points have
been deducted from his or her grade.
Reaction papers and Minute papers or other assignments will be given
without prior announcement during the semester. You must be present
at the specific class the assignment is made to get credit for the
paper. The paper must be written and submitted during the class
Note: Papers will be graded and ordinarily returned to students the
following week from the date when they are turned in. You are
responsible for producing the original paper in the event of a grade
dispute. You are responsible for following your grades regularly on
Oncourse. Grades will not be changed after one week has passed from
the date the assignment is posted on Oncourse.
There will be unannounced quizzes administered in class. Quizzes will
normally include Multiple Choice or True/False questions about the
material to be discussed in the current class. Most quizzes will be
worth about 5 points. You must be present at the class to get credit
for quizzes. The only exceptions may be extreme hardships when the
student notifies an Assistant in advance of the particular class.
We will conduct Group Activities as a part of the class. Activities
will be conducted often and not announced ahead of time. You will
normally submit a brief paper summarizing your findings in the group.
These papers will count points under the Activities section of the
Grading Criteria. You must be present at the specific class to
receive credit for class activities.
A written project is due Thursday, April 19th. Choose a topic from
the material studied during the course and write a 3-page, typed,
double-spaced paper with Times New Roman 12-point font and 1 inch
margins. Include a bibliography with at least three sources that are
cited in the content. The written project is worth 20 points.
Additional information about the written project is in Appendix A at
the end of this syllabus.
Exams will consist of Multiple Choice questions and possibly some
True/False questions. Exams will cover material from class activities
and discussions, guest speakers, and the assigned readings from the
textbook. The final exam is not comprehensive.
Academic and Personal Misconduct by students are defined and dealt
with according to the procedures in the Code of Student Ethics.
Any act of academic dishonesty will place you in jeopardy of the most
severe form of sanction by Indiana University - expulsion from the
It is the policy of the School of HPER to request that students
evaluate all courses taught through the school. Final course
evaluations in this class will be conducted in a manner that maintains
the integrity of the process and guarantees the anonymity of your
responses. In order to facilitate this, the School of HPER has
instituted a procedure that removes the instructor from handling
completed forms, and provides me with computer printouts and a typed
version of your comments only after semester grades have been issued.
Students are expected to be familiar with the Emergency Procedures for
Ballantine Hall, specifically regarding the actions to take should an
emergency alarm sound.
Internet Resources (Partial Listing)
www.asse.org (American Society of Safety Engineers)
www.nsc.org (National Safety Council)
www.osha.gov (Occupational Safety & Health Administration)
www.osh.net (Extensive information about safety and health)
www.cdc.gov/niosh (National Institute of Occupational Safety &
www.oshonline.com (Occupational Health & Safety magazine)
www.occupationalhazards.com (Occupational Hazards magazine)
www.safetyontheweb.com (Safety Information)
www.safetyonline.com (Safety Information & Articles)
www.osh.net (OSHA Information)
www.bcsp.com (Board of Certified Safety Professionals)
www.ishn.com (Industrial Safety & Hygiene News)
www.safetyperformance.com (Safety Performance Solutions)
www.bstsolutions.com (Behavioral Science Technology)
www.aubreydaniels.com (Aubrey Daniels & Associates)
www.aiha.org (Amer. Industrial Hygiene Assoc. - The Synergist
www.ergonauts.com (Ergonomics & Kaizen)
www.hfes.org (Human Factors & Ergonomics Society)
www.ergonomics.org.uk (The Ergonomics Society, England)
www.humantech.com (Ergonomics firm)
www.behavioral-safety.com (Dr. Cooper, England)
www.bcsp.com (Board of Certified Safety Professionals)
www.ccohs.ca (Canadian Center of OH&S)
www.rospa.com (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents -
www.worldsafety.com (World Safety Organization)
www.safetyinfo.com (subscription service)
www.jjkeller.com (J.J. Keller & Associates)
www.coastal.com (Coastal safety materials - videos, literature)
www.ambest.com/safety (Best's Safety & Security Directory)
www.orrsafety.com (Orr Safety - EHS supplies and services)
www.state.in.us/ISDH (Indiana State Department of Health)
www.state.in.us/safetynet (Indiana Safety Net)
Tentative Seminar Schedule
This schedule is approximate and subject to change. Changes will be
announced as necessary. A number of guest lecturers may visit during
the semester. Their comments will be the basis for some of your
reaction papers and for some of the content in the course exams.
March 6 Introduction and Course Overview
Read Chapter 1 for next class
Assign Student Picture & Bio
March 8 Chapter 1: What is Safety?
Read Chapter 2 for next class
Quiz on Syllabus
ASSE Membership Drive
Spring Break week of March 12
March 20 Chapter 2: Safety Analysis: A
Read Chapter 3 for next class
March 22 Chapter 3: When an Emergency Occurs
Read Chapter 4 for next class
March 27 Chapter 4: Home Safety
Read Chapter 5 for next class
March 29 Chapter 5: Fire Safety
Read Chapter 6 for next class
April 3 Chapter 6: Personal Protection &
Firearm Safety Prepare for
April 5 First Exam
Read Chapter 7 for next class
April 10 Chapter 7: Motor Vehicle & Pedestrian
Read Chapter 8 for next class
Handout for Written Assignment
April 12 Chapter 8: Occupational Safety & the Safety Profession
Read Chapter 9 for next class
April 17 Chapter 9: Natural and Man-Made Disasters
Read Chapter 10 for next class
April 19 Project due
Chapter 10: Recreational Safety
Read Chapters 11 for next class
April 24 Chapter 11: School Safety
Read Chapter 12 for next class
April 26 Chapter 12: Careers in Safety
Prepare for Final Exam
May 1 Final Exam 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
(As listed in the IUB Schedule of Classes, page 28)
Appendix A - S317 Written Project
In addition to the regular assignments, there is a written project due
Thursday, April 19, 2001. The written assignment is worth 20 points
based on the following criteria:
· Choose a topic related to material in S317 - your topic may be
from the book, from lectures and presentations, or any related area
that interests you.
· Content of 3 full pages, typed and double-spaced with one-inch
· Write clear, concise paragraphs.
· Include a bibliography with at least three sources that are
cited in the text. Internet citations are acceptable; one resource
may be the textbook, but do not simply rehash the material from the
· Plagiarism is literary theft (Merriam Webster's Collegiate
Dictionary, Tenth Edition) and papers that include plagiarized
material will be given an automatic zero with no chance to rewrite.
Assignments turned in after April 19th will be given half-credit. No
credit will be given for papers not turned in by April 24th.
It is suggested that you choose a topic that interests you and
research it beyond what is offered in the textbook or class
presentations. You can expand a particular topic, or present a bit
more detail about it, or give an overview of a topic that is closely
related but perhaps not exactly the same as the topic covered.
Personal opinion in addition to facts, statistics and anecdotes is
fine. There aren't any stringent guidelines on the specific topic and
content style, but you are encouraged to choose something of interest
that is new to you - something you have learned and are still learning
Sample Ideas for topics:
· Epidemiology: Determining the Causes of Injuries and Illnesses
· Computer Profiles for Accident Investigations
· EMS Careers
· Preventing Falls in the __________ (Home, Workplace,
Construction Site, etc.)
· Toxicology and Ingestion (Poisons, GHB, Alcohol, etc.)
· Preventing Arson
· Firestone Tires (Overview, summary or particular facet of the
· Child Restraint Systems (latest research and findings)
· Women vs. Men: Are there some jobs women should not perform?
· Summarize a specific Natural Disaster (Earthquake, Tornado,
Flood, etc.) and detail what could have been done differently to
· Risks and Rewards of the Tanning Salon
· Careers in Safety