Occupational Health Field Surveys

The Occupational Health Field Surveys course (CPH 698) provides students with onsite, direct experience recognizing hazards and evaluating control measures to reduce occupational health and safety risks. This is a cross-disciplinary course for graduate students in occupational safety, industrial hygiene, environmental health, occupational health nursing, ergonomics, injury prevention, agricultural health and safety, occupational epidemiology and occupational medicine.

The Field Survey Course relates directly to the accomplishment of the educational program goals for the MPH, MS, DrPH, and PhD programs which are subsumed in the training program for the Central Appalachian Regional Education and Research Center.

Each year CARERC funded students visit approximately 8 different worksites in the region.

In 2017, led by faculty Dr. Sanderson and Dr. Purschwitz, the Field Studies work site visits included:

Worksites visited will include some of the following types of workplaces: underground and surface coal mines, rock quarries, oil refineries, chemical plants, asphalt paving and roadway construction, sawmills, timber harvesting, truck and rail terminals, automobile manufacturing, food production, cattle, poultry, and grain farms, small manufacturing companies, hospitals, and law enforcement investigation sites.