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Inclusion of Safety Discipline into Pneumatic and Hydraulics Lab Activities

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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MET Papers 2

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Engineering Technology

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Shoji Nakayama Purdue University Northwest (College of Technology)

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Dr. Shoji Nakayama is an Associate Professor of Organizational Leadership and Supervision in the Department of Construction Science and Organizational Leadership at Purdue University Northwest. In this position, he teaches safety and health related courses, as well as improving Environmental Health and Safety curriculum through Industrial Advisory Committees. Dr. Nakayama has safety related experience in automotive, airline, regulatory agency and printing industries. He worked as an Environmental, Health, and Safety System Analyst in the telecommunication industry. His research interests include human performance development/improvement, safety performance analysis, integration of safety principles into lean manufacturing, and development of effective online training modules. Dr. Nakayama holds a B.S. in Safety Management and M.S. in Industrial Management from University of Central Missouri and a Ph.D. in Technology Management, with specialization in Human Resource Development and Industrial Training from Indiana State University.

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Ali Alavizadeh Purdue University Northwest

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Dr. Ali Alavizadeh is an Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering Technology at Purdue University, Calumet (Hammond, IN). Previously, he taught at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne (Fort Wayne, Indiana), The George Washington University (Washington, DC), and Morehead State University (Morehead, KY) in the areas of Industrial Engineering Technology, and Engineering Management and Systems Engineering. His industrial experiences include software engineering, systems engineering and analysis, and production optimization for private, governmental, and nongovernmental organizations. His research interests include complex systems modeling and simulation and systems engineering, and their application in healthcare and aerospace.

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Inclusion of Safety Discipline into Pneumatic and Hydraulics Lab Activities

Safety issues are critical components for corporate sustainability. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were a total of 4,679 fatal work injuries recorded in the United States in 2014, which indicated an overall increase of 2% over the fatal injuries recorded in 2013.

Hydraulics and pneumatics are two key components of the majority of industrial applications such as transportation and packaging systems. The undergraduate curriculum of Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) at various universities typically includes a course on fluid power which has a lecture and a lab component. The focus of the lab activities are often on the application of principles covered in the lecture and observing how the system works in a hands-on laboratory. However, the extent to which safety, especially risk assessment, is being discussed in such a course, either in lecture or lab within the engineering technology discipline, is unknown.

The goal of the paper is twofold: (1) to determine whether safety issues/protocols are being covered during undergraduate hydraulics and pneumatics course lectures and/or in laboratory, and (2) to discuss the process and implementation plan to include safety as an integral component in all hydraulics and pneumatics lab activities to enhance students’ competencies. The latter is of particular interest to the authors because the findings from this research would be integrated into a state-of-the-art fluid power laboratory that is currently in the developing stage with an industrial partner. Furthermore, this laboratory will be utilized by both the industry for training and development purposes and by our MET students. The authors will share the results of the study and the process of development and implementation of risk assessment in hydraulics and pneumatics lab activities.

Nakayama, S., & Alavizadeh, A. (2017, June), Inclusion of Safety Discipline into Pneumatic and Hydraulics Lab Activities Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28501

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