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The Introduction Of Environmental And Industrial Health And Safety Issues And Emerging Technologies In A Beginning Manufacturing Processes Course

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition


Chicago, Illinois

Publication Date

June 18, 2006

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June 18, 2006

End Date

June 21, 2006



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Electromechanical & Manufacturing ET Curriculum

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Engineering Technology

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11.1306.1 - 11.1306.7



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Rodney Handy Purdue University

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Dr. Rod Handy is currently an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology at Purdue University.

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Michael Whitt Purdue University

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Dr. Michael Whitt is currently an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology at Purdue University

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Michael Lafreniere Ohio University

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Michael Lafreniere is currently the Associate Dean at Ohio University at the Chillicothe Campus.

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The Introduction of Environmental and Industrial Health and Safety Issues and Emerging Technologies in a Beginning Manufacturing Processes Course


Introductory courses pertaining to manufacturing processes have traditionally been included in the curriculums of associate and baccalaureate programs in mechanical engineering technology. The majority of these courses emphasize such topics as forging, rolling, casting, welding, and machining, among others. While these courses typically provide an outstanding foundation in the particular subject area and process mechanics, many have not included any significant coverage in the areas of environmental management or industrial health and safety. In addition, non-traditional areas such as clean room manufacturing, green manufacturing, or nanomanufacturing have not been typically covered appropriately, if at all, in the majority of undergraduate technology programs.

Undoubtedly, it can be argued that any of these before mentioned manufacturing processes, both traditional and emerging, could present adverse conditions to worker health and safety as well as potential detriments to the environment. Conventional wisdom would lead one to believe that an engineering technology professional, well- versed in the environmental and occupational regulations in these types of manufacturing environments, would have a competitive advantage over those with little to no background. Thus, it could easily be argued that subject matter content in these courses should be modified to include an appropriate coverage of these topics.

Recently, a successful attempt was made to introduce environmental, health, and safety issues and non-traditional manufacturing processes to mechanical engineering technology undergraduate students in a beginning manufacturing processes course. The relative environmental, health and safety aspects of each particular process was discussed during the traditional lecture(s) as well as during an individual lecture prepared specifically on environmental, health, and safety issues pertaining to manufacturing. In addition, an effort was made to emphasize these important issues during the scheduled laboratory time of the course. Future efforts include the addition of formalized lab modules to complement course lectures.


The manufacturing processes associated with heavy industry have traditionally contributed detrimentally to the overall health and well-being of factory workers exposed to various contaminants during a normal work shift 1-5. These processes produce airborne toxins that many times exceed the worker permissible exposure limits allowed by current occupational standards. Since the societal pressures for the products created by heavy industries is expected to increase well into the future, it only makes good sense to adopt a

Handy, R., & Whitt, M., & Lafreniere, M. (2006, June), The Introduction Of Environmental And Industrial Health And Safety Issues And Emerging Technologies In A Beginning Manufacturing Processes Course Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--216

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