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ASSE publishes new college texts

ASSEThe American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) announces the publication of eight new textbooks edited by Joel M. Haight, PhD., PE for college and university students. Developed from one of ASSE’s most popular technical publications, The Safety Professional’s Handbook, Second Edition these peer-reviewed texts, written by safety, health and environmental professionals, are intended as primary texts for core safety, health and environmental undergraduate courses.

The new textbooks were developed based on a survey of the publication’s authors who are university instructors. Each chapter of the textbooks contains learning objectives and review questions. ASSE will offer instructor’s guides and the collected illustrations (in jpeg format) for each textbook to instructors who have adopted the text for their courses.

Titles of the textbooks are:

  • Environmental Safety and Health Regulations
  • Ergonomics and Human Factors Engineering
  • Hazard Prevention through Effective Safety and Health Training
  • Hazardous Material and Hazard Communication
  • Industrial Fire Protection
  • Principals of Industrial Safety
  • Recognition, Evaluation, and Control of Workplace Health Hazards
  • Workplace Hazard Prevention Management

While avoiding management subjects such as cost analysis, budgeting, benchmarking and performance criteria found in The Safety Professional’s Handbook, the textbooks provide in-depth analysis and discussion, case studies and examples of the core competencies expected of undergraduates as they enter professional practice, including SH&E regulations, applied science and engineering and best practices.

“Since most safety courses do not cover the entire contents of the Safety Professional’s Handbook, ASSE has decided to tailor the content for professors and their students enrolled in specific courses,” Dr. Haight explained.

Dr. Haight, who also served as the editor of the Safety Professional’s Handbook’s first edition in 2008, is the Branch Chief of the Human Factors Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) at their Pittsburgh Office of Mine Safety and Health Research, where he manages the NIOSH branch that does human factors, ergonomics, behavioral and training research for the mining industry.

Orders for the new textbooks can be placed at

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 34,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, health care and education. For more information please go to

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