With the grown of the safety movement during the early years of the 1900s, some saw a need for safety education through post-secondary institutions. One goal was to educate individuals who could enhance the roles created for “safety inspectors” and “safety engineers.” The term safety inspector was often used for those who specialized in improving safety in the Safety First movement. By about 1920 some employers began to give their safety leaders the title safety engineer, even though they were not trained as engineers. However, it became obvious that formally trained engineers also needed to understand safety as an essential element of their education and work.

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