Occupational Safety Specialist and Ergonomist
The occupational safety specialist and ergonomist (the Master of Science in Engineering, Industrial Engineering) is concerned with identifying and preventing potential hazards, whether physical, biomechanical, or psychosocial. They learn how these hazards affect the body and how appropriate re-design can produce a safe, health-promoting work environment.
This training is offered as a specialization within the Industrial Engineering program (Department of Mechanical Engineering).
Traineeship from NIOSH
The purpose of the Work Environment Training Program Grant (TPG) at UMass Lowell is to educate and train work environment professionals to develop and promote safe, healthy, just and sustainable workplaces. The TPG offers an occupational safety and health (OSH) traineeship funded by the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to support some students in the above two Work Environment graduate programs. See the Eligibility & Conditions in the tab on the top, right of this page.
Become a Successful Practitioner and Researcher
Students in both Work Environment areas take a common set of 3 courses. They will meet in extra-curricular events to network and to collaborate in unpacking questions of public interest such as:
- The health effects of prolonged sitting versus standing
- Population stress related to the changing nature of work
- The most common types of injuries in the Massachusetts public sector workforce
- The role of burnout in the developmental capacity of healthcare workers
- How occupational injuries may be related to opioid use and misuse
- Whether working conditions influence personal "lifestyle" behaviors such as diet and exercise
- Whether ergonomics is feasible for all types of workplaces
- The norms and practices that affect Total Worker Health®
- How working conditions relate to the transmission of COVID-19