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Safety at TUT celebrates 40th anniversary

The 40th anniversary of safety research and teaching at TUT was marked with an anniversary seminar on 10 November. Over 300 master-level graduates and 25 doctors have completed their studies in the field at TUT.
Professor Jouni Kivistö-Rahnasto recounted the history of safety research at TUT to the anniversary audience.
Professor Jouni Kivistö-Rahnasto recounted the history of safety research at TUT to the anniversary audience.

The 40-year history of safety research and teaching was celebrated in the new Kampusareena at TUT under the theme ‘Lighting up safety work’. The seminar also included a presentation of the results from the ‘Leaders of safety’ research project.

The audience heard about the development of the research field from its initial stages to the future as told by Emeritus professors Kaija Leena Saarela, Jorma Saari and Markku Mattila among others.

The seminar was arranged by the Center for Safety Management and Engineering.

The past, present and future of safety research

Research and teaching in the field of occupational safety were launched at the Tampere University of Technology in 1974. The Department of Occupational Safety Technology started its operations at that time, later accompanied by the Department of Safety Technology. Along the years, over 300 master’s degrees and 37 licentiates have been completed in the field at TUT. Doctoral degrees have been completed by 25 graduate students.

"In addition to teaching, both research and the production of safety information are essential aspects in our operations. Research is carried out in close cooperation with companies, the municipal field, the relevant authorities and other research institutions," Professor Jouni Kivistö-Rahnasto explains.

At the beginning of 2008, the department merged and became a part of the Department of Industrial Management and continued as the Center for Safety Management and Engineering. In the international quality assessment carried out on research at TUT in 2011, the operations and results of the center were found to be at a good international level.

News submitted by: Tiina Leivo
Keywords: education and studies, science and research, safety research, occupational safety