Why Study Environmental Health and Safety?
Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) is a profession that involves the prevention of incidents/accidents, illnesses, fires, explosions, and other events which harm people, property, and the environment.
EHS professionals are an important component of most industries, including: communication, consulting, construction, government, healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, transportation, petroleum, and utilities.
Many of our graduates pursue careers as safety coordinators, safety supervisors, safety instructors/trainers, loss control specialists, and EHS specialists once they have finished their degrees.
Why Choose Purdue Northwest?
The Faculty of the Construction Science and Organizational Leadership Department have a wealth of real world experience and are leaders in their respective disciplines. You will be mentored by experienced instructors and train in real-life laboratories and settings. You will gain a theoretical and hands-on understanding as to why we have to care about safety, and how it enables businesses to be competitive in the global market.
The BS in Organizational Leadership and Supervision – Environmental Health and Safety Concentration is designated as a Qualified Academic Program (QAP) by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. QAP status allows graduates to become more marketable when applying for a job. It distinguishes the PNW program from other programs as PNW graduates do not need to sit for the Associate Safety Professional exam prior to taking the Certified Safety Professional exam, which is the “Gold Standard” of safety certification.”
Dr. Shoji Nakayama is an Associate Professor of Organizational Leadership and Supervision (OLS) in the Department of Construction Science and Organizational Leadership at Purdue University Northwest (PNW). In this position, his teaches safety and health related courses, as well as coordinates OLS – Area of Specialization in Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) program.
Professor Nakayama has safety related experience in automotive, airline, regulatory agency, and printing industries. Prior to joining PNW, He worked as an Environmental, Health, and Safety System Analyst in the telecommunication industry in Kansas City, KS.
Professor Nakayama holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Safety Management and Masters of Science in Industrial Management from University of Central Missouri. He received his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Technology Management, with area of specialization in Human Resource Development and Industrial Training from Indiana State University.
He’s a recipient of the 2013-14 Outstanding Teaching Award, and he is passionate about positively influencing future generation by sharing what he knows and has learned from the past. He’s not only talking about transfer of information relevant to his discipline (Environmental Health and Safety), but also those necessary skill sets to become successful professionals when his students graduate.
One of his students stated “All my internships took hard work and Dr. Nakayama played a huge role in giving me the opportunity to apply for these internships through his networking and contacts. All of my internships were paid internships and my internship with Lockheed Martin-Sikorsky even helped me pay to move there.”
Areas of Study
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), “employment of occupational health and safety specialists and technicians is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Specialists and technicians will be needed in a wide variety of industries to ensure that employers adhere to both existing and new regulations.”
The median annual salary of an occupational health and safety specialist in 2017 was $71,780. However, the highest salary was $105,840 and the lowest was $41,670. While this is a wide range, it is important to note that this takes into account levels of experience, educational level and job titles. (BLS, 2017).
- Safety Coordinator: $60,000 – $69,999
- Safety Supervisor: $60,000 – $69.999
- Safety Specialist: $70,000 – $79,999
- Safety Manager: $100,000 – $125,999
- Safety Director: $100,000 – $125,999
- Safety — Executive Management: > $150,000
The Organizational Leadership and Supervision Bachelor of Science program is accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET. This ensures that the program is independently reviewed and meets the quality expectation for that profession.
You Might Also Be Interested In:
- Construction Engineering & Management Technology
- Computer Information Technology
- Mechatronics Engineering Technology
Andrew Perez – OLS – Environmental Health and Safety major – Class of 2016
Corporate Environmental Health and Safety Specialist with ACCIONA
“Safety is all around us and with my family working in construction, hospitals, and manufacturing, I thought it would be great for me to learn more of what I can do to help. The best part of my job is knowing that I am making a difference by working towards keeping workers safe and having them go home to their families. The OLS: EHS program at Purdue University Northwest has opened my doors to an exciting and promising future. The networking and job opportunities in this program are outstanding and never ending. I have gained much knowledge and confidence from this program knowing that I am part of the future in safety and leadership.”
Read Andrews Story
Where do our alums work?
- ArcelorMittal USA
- Buckeye Pipeline, Inc
- CNA Insurance,
- General Motors,
- Pekron Consulting,
- Sherwin Williams,
- Sikorsky – Lockheed Martin,
- University of Chicago Medicine
- US Steel
- Ventura Foods
- College of Technology Scholarship
- E. Winthrop Taylor Memorial
- Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Scholarship
- School of Technology Class of 67′ Scholarship
American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP)
The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) is a global association of occupational safety professionals representing more than 36,000 members worldwide. ASSP promotes the expertise, leadership and commitment of its members, while providing them with professional development, advocacy and standards development. It also sets the occupational safety, health and environmental community’s standards for excellence and ethics.
The ASSP Greater Calumet chapter resides here in NW Indiana, providing services to its members and the opportunity to enhance their expertise by providing educational sessions during monthly meetings held on the Purdue University Northwest (PNW) Hammond campus.
The ASSP Greater Calumet Chapter is also a strong advocate of future safety professionals. ASSP Greater Calumet Chapter and the Organizational Leadership and Supervision – Area of Concentration in Environmental Health and Safety (OLS-EHS) program collaborate where OLS-EHS students or students taking safety related courses here at PNW can attend these monthly meetings for free, not only to learn up-to-date information, but also to network with professionals in various industries. Several students have obtained internships as well as full time positions through this network/engagement. In addition, the ASSP Greater Calumet Chapter provides scholarships every year to those individuals majoring in OLS-EHS or those safety professionals working on his/her professional credentials.
For more information on becoming involved with the ASSP opportunities contact Prof. Nakayama.
- OLS 13100 – Introduction to Safety &
- OLS 33400 – Fire Protection