Occupational Safety and Ergonomics and Injury Prevention programs build reputation with national accreditation

Published: Apr 2, 2014 7:45:00 AM
Media Contact: Megan Burmester, smithmp@auburn.edu, 334.844.2220

Auburn University’s Occupational Safety and Ergonomics and Occupational Injury Prevention programs, housed in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE), have earned accreditation status from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES). This is the first year the program has achieved this level of accreditation according to Sean Gallagher, faculty member in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, who worked with Jerry Davis in the department during the process. 

To become accredited Industrial and Systems Engineering was required to submit a portfolio describing the curriculum for each program to HFES, along with information on practical experience within the program.  The portfolio was reviewed and approved by the HFES Accreditation Committee.

“The HFES accreditation is a great honor for both programs. Our faculty, staff and students have all worked hard together to earn it,” said Gallagher. “This recognition demonstrates the strength of our Occupational Safety and Ergonomics program and helps set us apart from similar programs across the nation.”

The five-year accreditation is significant to both programs since all students who graduate from either will receive the designation of Associate Ergonomics Professional (AEP) from the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics upon graduation. This distinction also elevates both programs on a national scale and makes ISE graduates even more competitive as they enter industry.