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Applied Mathematics for Safety Professionals: Tips, Tools, and Techniques to Solve Everyday Problems

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Author: Glenn Young

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2010, ASSE

ISBN 978-1-885581-55-6

Hardcover, 588 pages

Applied Mathematics for Safety Professionals: Tips, Tools and Techniques to Solve Everyday Problems is a reference that safety and health professionals can turn to for time-saving solutions to complex problems.

Safety and health professionals often face questions such as:

  • Is this electrical lighting circuit overloaded?
  • What rigging is needed to safely lift this load?
  • Do the fugitive emissions from this equipment exceed the PEL?
  • What hearing protection is required for this job?
  • Is this instrument unreliable, based on its calibration history?
  • How many cool-down breaks do our workers inside this hot vessel need?

This book addresses all of these questions and more.

Mathematical applications are included from a broad variety of fields. A library of equations from each field is enhanced by a large selection of practical examples with detailed solutions.  Examples are included from the fields of ergonomics, ventilation, noise abatement, radiation, thermal stress, hydrostatics, hydraulics, engineering economy, statistics, and probability. 

The book also helps students preparing for safety careers by introducing them to problems that are likely be encountered in the workplace. In this way, students receive the specific math tools and analysis techniques needed to solve real-world problems.

Meet the Authors

Glenn Young, CSP, Editor, is the author of Background Math for Safety Certification Examinations.  The author is a consultant who specializes in quantitative and semi-quantitative risk analysis, including layers of protection analysis (LOPA) and event-tree analysis, in addition to system safety instrumentation services. Previously he worked for Borden Chemicals and Plastics Company in the areas of industrial hygiene, emergency response, safety technology, and safety management. He was named Region IV Safety Professional of the Year for 2002–2003.

Wayne M. LaCombe, MSPH, CSP, is an industrial hygiene professional at a large petro-chemical facility in Louisiana where he is responsible for industrial hygiene programs. Previously, he worked for OSHA, Region VI, as a safety and health compliance officer. During his tenure with OSHA, he conducted or assisted on several hundred compliance inspections and incident investigations; conducted a 5-week detail at
OSHA’s National Office in Washington, D.C.; served on the Region VI Special Response Team; and served on the National Chemical Special Response Team. Prior to working for OSHA, he worked for the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and was responsible for compliance inspection reports for employers dealing with hazardous waste. LaCombe has also taught several courses in occupational safety and health at Southeastern Louisiana University, Department of Industrial Technology. LaCombe acquired his Masters of Science in Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Public Health and his Bachelor of Science in Toxicology from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, School of Pharmacy.

Karen D. Morton, P.E., is currently manager of the Control Systems and Electrical Engineering Department at Spectrum Engineering, Inc. She is a licensed professional control systems engineer in the state of Louisiana. She has performed design engineering and programming in automation and instrumentation related projects for engineering services companies in Louisiana and Texas since 1995. She graduated magna cum laude from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.

Andrew Rodgers, Ph.D., CIH, is Adjunct Professor in the Nunez Community College Department of Science where he teaches Chemistry and Physics. After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of New Orleans in 1980 in Analytical Chemistry, Dr. Rodgers worked for ten years in specialty chemicals production as an Environmental Manager and Safety Health and Environmental Engineer. Following his career in industry, Dr. Rodgers is now active in three areas: consulting, teaching and research. As a consultant, Dr. Rodgers is certified/licensed in industrial hygiene, safety, fire protection, chemical hygiene, asbestos abatement project design, and lead assessment for children poisoned by lead. Dr. Rodgers also performs research at the University of New Orleans in the development and FDA licensing for the manufacture of anti-cancer drugs for trials in humans to study safety and effectivness.

Marta Vasquez, Ph.D., P.E., is a design engineer for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. Previously, she worked for the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality as an Environmental Chemical Specialist. She has also worked at various analytical laboratories as a QA/QC officer and senior analytical chemist. Dr. Vasquez received her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from LSU in 1990 and her M.S., in Organic Chemistry in 1981 at Del Valle University, Cali, Colombia. She has also been a Professor in the Chemistry Department, Universidad de Caldas, Professor of Mathematics for the Universidad Nacional, a Professor of Mathematics at the Universidad de Pereira, and a Professor of Physics at the Universidad de Antioquia. She received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 1971 from Antioquia University, Medellin, Colombia. She is the author of a number of research articles published in scientific journals in addition to books of a scientific nature.

John Thomas Watkins, M.B.A., B.S., is lead safety engineer and Assistant Area Director, Baton Rouge Area Office of OSHA, performing and supervising in-depth fatality investigations and inspections involving the construction, general and maritime industries. He has also worked as a civil engineer, hydraulic engineer and supervisory hydraulic engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He has an M.B.A. from West Virginia Graduate College and a B.S. from West Virginia University.

Ronald H. Williams, M.S., CSP, CIH, is a principal for EnviroSafe Resources, LLC, and provides occupational health, safety and environmental consulting services to a variety of commercial and industrial clients. He entered consulting after completing 23 years’ service in industry. Prior to establishing his private practice, he was the EHS Manager for the largest Superfund project in Louisiana and held various health and safety positions with a multi-national producer of commodity and specialty chemicals. He was a member of several lobbying and special interest groups promoting worker health and safety at the federal level. Williams taught Industrial Hygiene at McNeese State University and has lectured at universities and professional conferences throughout the United States. Williams earned a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1979 majoring in Industrial Hygiene. He holds Bachelor of Science degrees from Purdue University (1970) and the University of Arkansas (1976).

Robert R. Zinn, B.S., CET, has worked since 1981 providing hardware, software and network support for the Louisiana State University Chemistry Department. He has also worked as a highly skilled electronics technician and a senior systems engineer in the Baton Rouge-New Orleans-Lake Charles areas. As senior prototype equipment operator, he set up and programmed computer controlled laser cutting systems, monitored product quality and yield, developed systems programs, maintained lasers and electronics systems. Mr. Zinn has B.S. in Chemistry, with Mathematics minor, from Midwestern [State] University. He attended Louisiana State University as a part-time graduate student in Chemistry and Electronic engineering.

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