Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2011 13:03:06 EST
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Subject: Re: Safety Course for Academic Credit

Rudy, I wish you the very best of luck in keeping this going. The more of these exist in the science areas, the better the chance there is for me to make the case they should be in the art department, too.

I taught the first safety courses for art and theater in 1980 at the University of Wisconsin, two courses: one 1 credit course for 8 hours and one 3 credit course for 40 hours.  The EH&S guys sat in on both and used my handouts and stuff to teach the course after I left.  That continued for a few years until it became obvious to administrators that anyone who understood the material on the OSHA regulations, various codes, and the ventilation module, that the building they were working is was not complying with any of this stuff.  

To keep the natives from getting restless, the course was discontinued.  About 10 years later the building had to be replaced because there were five worker's comp cases and three personal injury lawsuits all claiming conditions in that building was the proximate cause.  I can say this without betraying any confidences because it came out in the newspapers at the time. 

There were a few other schools that taught this kind of a course in the art departments, but I don't know of any going on now.  There are a few very good theater safety courses--I wrote the curriculum for the one at Yale school of Drama so I have to say that.

I guess the point to all this is: be sure the department in which you teach a safety course is complying with the laws and safety practices you cover.


In a message dated 1/28/2011 5:51:28 AM Eastern Standard Time, rudygerlach**At_Symbol_Here**AOL.COM writes:

Such a course has been offered at Muskingum University since about 1990.
Rudy Gerlach

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