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Safety 2018, 4(2), 21; https://doi.org/10.3390/safety4020021

Designing and Developing an Effective Safety Program for a Student Project Team

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Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo, Engineering 6, 200 University Ave W, Waterloo, ON N2L 3E9, Canada
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Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, University of Waterloo, Engineering 5, 200 University Ave W, Waterloo, ON N2L 3E9, Canada
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Received: 24 August 2017 / Revised: 19 April 2018 / Accepted: 2 May 2018 / Published: 9 May 2018
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Abstract

In the workplace, safety must be the first priority of all employers and employees alike. In order to maintain the safety and well-being of their employees, employers must demonstrate due diligence and provide the appropriate safety training to familiarize employees with the hazards within the workplace. Although, a student “project team” is not a business, the work done by students for their respective teams is synonymous with the work done in a place of business and thus requires that similar safety precautions and training be administered to students by their team leads and faculty advisors. They take on the role of supervisors within the team dynamic. Student teams often utilize the guidelines and policies that their universities or colleges have developed in order to build a set of standard operating procedures and safety training modules. These guidelines aid in providing a base for training for the team, however, they are no substitute for training specific to the safety risks associated with the work the team is doing. In order to comply with these requirements, a full analysis of the workplace is required to be completed. A variety of safety analysis techniques need to be applied to define the hazards within the workplace and institute appropriate measures to mitigate them. In this work, a process is developed for establishing a safety training program for a student project team, utilizing systems safety management techniques and the aspect of gamification to produce incentives for students to continue developing their skills. Although, systems safety management is typically applied to the design of active safety components or systems, the techniques for identifying and mitigating hazards can be applied in the same fashion to the workplace. They allow one to analyze their workplace and determine the hazards their employees might encounter, assign appropriate hazard ratings and segregate each respective hazard by their risks. In so doing, safety level assignment can be completed to ensure team members are trained to be able to work on the systems associated with a given risk level. View Full-Text
Keywords: student-design team; safety training; gamification; systems safety; risk analysis student-design team; safety training; gamification; systems safety; risk analysis
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Catton, J.; Shaikhi, R.; Fowler, M.; Fraser, R. Designing and Developing an Effective Safety Program for a Student Project Team. Safety 2018, 4, 21.

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