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Addressing And Implementing A Safety Plan For Intercollegiate Design Competitions

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

Publication Date

June 24, 2007

Start Date

June 24, 2007

End Date

June 27, 2007



Conference Session

Student Learning and Teamwork

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Engineering Technology

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12.179.1 - 12.179.10



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Michael Anderton Middle Tennessee State University

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Michael Anderton is a second year Graduate Research Assistant at Middle Tennessee State University in Engineering Technology Department. He received his B.S. degree in Computer Engineering Technology at Middle Tennessee State University. Currently he is the manager of the Experimental Vehicles Program at MTSU.

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Saeed Foroudastan Middle Tennessee State University

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Dr. Saeed D. Foroudastan is the Associate Dean of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences and Professor of Engineering Technology. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering (1980), his M.S. in Civil Engineering (1982), and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (1987) from Tennessee Technological University. Professor Foroudastan's employment vitae includes: Assistant professor of Mechanical
Engineering for Tennessee Technological University, Senior Engineer, Advanced Development Department, Textron Aerostructures, and Middle Tennessee State University. Professor Foroudastan is involved with several professional organizations and honor societies, and has many publications to his name. He also holds U.S. and European patents.

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OSHA regulations can be an excellent resource and tool for both the student engineers and faculty advisors, as an addition to a comprehensive safety plan. This will also benefit the students by introducing them to safety standards that they will likely encounter in industry. Safety is not a perfect science, accidents will still happen. But, the more tools and knowledge available, the easier it is to proactively prevent possible safety hazards. OSHA regulations should be incorporated into the safety program as a “best practices” resource for the student engineering projects at a university. For any university with student-led projects, the old adage, “safety first,” should always apply.

Fig. 4 Team Leader John Winker with the 2005 MTSU Mini Baja.

Elements of an Effective Safety and Health Program. OSHA Voluntary Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines, 1989.

Foroudastan, S. & Anderton M., “Implementing a National Competition Design Project as a Capstone Course at MTSU" 2006 Proceeding of ASEE-SE conference.

Foroudastan, S. & Anderton M., “Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity at Middle Tennessee State University” ASEE Conference, 2006.

NIOSH Safety Checklist Program for Schools. Chapter 2: How to Establish an Effective Occupational Safety and Health and Environmental Safety Program. October 2003. <>

Occupational Safety & Health Administration. Regulations (Standards - 29 CFR).

Pictures taken by Michael Anderton. November 2005.

Anderton, M., & Foroudastan, S. (2007, June), Addressing And Implementing A Safety Plan For Intercollegiate Design Competitions Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--1529

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