182.623.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 3rd Term | 3 Credit(s)
M 1:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Dennis Averill
  • Course Learning Objectives

    Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Course Description
    Examines elements needed to design and implement an effective safety and health program in industry. Stresses managerial techniques, including financial planning, communications, organizational structure, planning, auditing, and the use of records.
  • Intended Audience
    Master's students.
  • Methods of Assessment
    • Grades will be determined as follows:
    • Class Participation (20%)
    • 2 Writing Assignments (20%)
    • 1 Exam (20%)
    • 1 Final Case Study (40%)


    Grading Scale:


    The final class grade is cumulative and is a composite of overall performance that recognizes and incorporates attendance, class participation, and the quality and application of the course assignments.


    The grade of A will be awarded for excellent performance.

    The grade of B will be awarded for good performance in the course.

    The grade of C will be awarded for average performance in the course.

    The grade of D or F will be awarded for poor performance in the course.

  • Required Text(s)

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Required Text:
    Averill, Dennis (2011). Lean Sustainability: Creating Safe, Enduring, and Profitable Operations. CRC Press. Taylor & Francis Group. Boca Raton, FL

    Recommended Text:
    Brauer, Roger (2006). Safety and Health for Engineers. John Wiley & Sons. Hobken, NJ

  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

  • Academic Ethics Code

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

  • Course topics


    Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

    Dept. of Environmental Health Sciences

    182.623.01 Occupational Safety and Health Management

    Third Term, Mondays 1:30-3:50 pm

    Room W2303



    Dennis Averill CIH, CSP
    office (678) 352-6155
    moble (770) 843-9188


    Peter S.J. Lees, PhD

    Professor, JHSPH




    Course learning objectives: Upon completion of this course, the student will have gained insights and a foundation in critical thinking, organizational leadership, and Lean management principles and be able to: 1. Recognize and apply modern management & leadership principles.
    2. Identify and apply Lean management methodologies, concepts, and tools to improve organizational occupational safety & health performance.
    3. Assess major approaches to managing and improving occupational safety and health systems including;  Balanced Scorecard, EHS Loss Tree, and Lean Kaizens.
    4. Apply Lean management improvement concepts and tools related to an EHS process within an organizational setting. 


    Class modules and sessions:                                


    2014 Course Schedule: Occupational Safety & Health Management



     Discussion/Activity/Topic/Speaker/Lecture Learning Objective


    Readings and Assignments Due



    No Class

    (Please do reading during the week)

    Clements Deming & Juran

    Francione. Critical Thinking
    Frank. History of American Mgmt Thought Part 1
    Frank. American Mgmt Thought Part 2

    Maslow. A Theory of Human Motivation

    Womack. Lean Production Change
    Supplemental Reading
    Cracking the Code of Business



    Session1 Topics:
    1) Critical Thinking & General Mgmt Principles

    2) Change Management & Principles of Modern Occupational Safety & Health Mgmt


    1. Critical Thinking
    2. Management Theory

    3. Lean Management Principles

    4. The SHE Value Proposition
    5. Theories of Accident Causation
    6. SHE Culture
    7. Evolution of SHE Processes & Cultures
    8. Autonomous SHE

    9. Change Management

    Critical Thinking
     Experiential Safety


    Averill. Chapters 1 & 2
    Brauer. Chapter 34 Fundamentals Safety Mgmt

    GEMI. Clear Advantage Building …Value
    Hudson. Safety Maturity Model

    Reason. Achieving a Safe Culture

    Optional Supplemental Reading:

    GEMI. Forging New Links
    TPM Concepts in Depth
    Lean Safety


    Session 2 Topic: Risk Assessment – Guest Speaker


    1. Risk Assessment Methods
      (Task, Equipment, Process, Behavioral)
    2. ZES / LOTO
    3. Safety Work Permits (Hot Work, CSE, WAH)


    Course Text
    Averill. Chapter 5
    Brauer. Chapter 35 Risk Mgmt & Assessment

    Brauer. Chapter 36 System Safety

    Brauer. Chapter 31 Human Behavior..in Safety

    Optional Supplemental Reading:

    Klentz. Learning From Accidents


    Session 3 Topic: Foundation of Safety & Health Management, SHE Metrics






    1.SHE Vision & Values

    2. SHE Governance

    3. SHE Loss Tree

    4. SHE Balanced Scorecard

    5. 5 S for SHE (6S)

    Exercise: SMART Targets

    Averill. Chapter 3
    Kaplan. The Balanced Scorecard Measures

    Optional Reading
    Smart Objectives

    Assignment 1 Due 2/10


    Session 4 Topic: SHE Leadership & Lean SHE – Guest Speaker


    1. Management vs. Leadership

    2. SHE Leadership

    3. Leveraging SHE & Autonomous Maintenance
    Five Why RCA, OPLs, F Tags

    4. Visual Controls & Visual Factory

    Exercise: Root Cause Analysis

    Averill. Chapter 4
    Anantaraman. Evolving Types of Leadership


    Optional Supplemental Reading:

    Kotter. What Leaders Really Do





    Session 5 Topic: The SHE Pillar – Formal SHE Management Systems


    1. ISO 9000, ISO 14001

    2. SHE Master Plan
    3. SHE Assessments & Audits
    4. SHE Visual Charting



    Averill. Chapter 7
    Using ISO to Gain Competitive Advantage


    Assignment 2 Due 3/3


    Session 6 Topic: SHE Continuous Improvement & Case Study Methodology


    1. SHE Kaizens
    2. CAPDo
    3. SHE Activity Boards
    4. Experiential Training

    Averill Chapter 6


    Session 7 Topic: Critical SH  Programs & Final Exam


    1. Core SHE Process
    2. Safety Work Permits (Hot Work, CSE, WAH)
    3. Behavior Based Safety


    Case Study Due




    Required Text(s):
    Averill, Dennis (2011). Lean Sustainability: Creating Safe, Enduring, and Profitable Operations. CRC Press Taylor & Francis Group. Boca Raton, FL.

    Recommended Text(s):
    Brauer, Roger (2006) Safety and Health for Engineers. John Wiley & Sons. Hoboken, NJ.
    Electronic course site:


    The faculty will post articles, papers and other information items to Course Plus.



    Conceptual structure of each class module/session: The class will serve as a management learning laboratory for critical investigation, ideation and feedback and will focus on integrating management and organization principles and practice and practical subject matter to achieve desired outcomes. 



    Course Learning Taxonomy


                Readings (theory and/or case study)


                Theory (lecture and discussion)


                Practitioner and Practice (presentation and feedback)


                Case Study (analysis, synthesis, presentation)


                Class/faculty/practitioner discussion (all participants)


                *not all taxonomy elements necessarily included in every class



  • Contact Information(from old syllabus)

    Dennis Averill, MHS, MAS
    Email: daverill@jhsph.edu
    Tel: 410 262-9579

  • Disability Support Services
    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact the Office of Student Life Services at 410-955-3034 or via email at dss@jhsph.edu.