Roger Jensen

Safety, Health & Industrial Hygiene


Roger Jensen

Roger Jensen

Science & Engineering (S&E) 319
Phone: (406) 496-4111
E-mail: E-mail Roger Jensen


Roger Jensen joined the Montana Tech faculty in 1999. He teaches courses in occupational ergonomics, safety, and risk reduction.

Prior to his academic position, he had 30 years of experience in occupational safety and health. From 1992 to 1999, Dr. Jensen consulted in ergonomics and safety as an employee of a technical services company named UES, Inc. In 1991, he was a visiting lecturer at the University of New South Wales in Australia. Earlier in his career (1969-1991) he was a commissioned officer in the U. S. Public Health service assigned to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. In various positions, he conducted applied research in occupational heat stress, injury epidemiology, and safety research. Dr. Jensen used what he learned from these various experiences to write a book entitled Risk-reduction Methods for Occupational Safety and Health, published by Wiley Press. It provides an overview of the many risk-reduction methods used by professionals in occupational safety, ergonomics, and hygiene.

Professor Jensen earned the following degrees:

  • Ph.D., Industrial Engineering, 1989, West Virginia University
  • M.S.E., Industrial Engineering, 1977, University of Michigan
  • J.D., Law, 1974, Northern Kentucky State University
  • B.S., Industrial Engineering, 1969, University of Utah

Research Interests

Since joining Montana Tech, Dr. Jensen’s research focuses on student research projects suitable for senior projects and masters’ theses. Students have performed and published studies on attributes of warning signs and on measurement systems for assessing stairway uniformity.

Non-Research Academic Interests

Professor Jensen has worked to elevate occupational safety from a rule-based profession to a more science-based profession. He advocates for this upgraded perspective through published papers, conference presentations, and a recently published book. He first described this approach in an article published in Professional Safety, the Journal of the American Society of Safety Engineers. It won the award for best paper in the 2007 volume of the journal. That was followed with a more expansive description in a book entitled Risk-reduction Methods for Occupational Safety and Health, published by Wiley Press in 2012. Without relying on standards and regulations, the book provides a synthesis of the many strategies and tactics used to reduce the risks of workplace hazards.

Selected honors & Awards

  • Montana Tech Merit Award for excellence in instruction, service, and research, 2014
  • Professional Paper Award, First Place for the 2007 volume of Professional Safety, the Journal of the American Society of Safety Engineer
  • The 1991 Institute of Industrial Engineers award for best Doctoral Dissertation in 1989

Career in Brief

  • Faculty, Montana Tech, 1999–present
    Safety, Health, and Industrial Hygiene Department
    Professor 7/06–Present; Assoc. Prof. 7/02–6/06; Assist. Prof. 8/99–6/02
  • Senior Ergonomist, UES, Inc., 06/92 – 7/99
  • Visiting Lecturer, University of New South Wales, 03/91–11/91
  • Commissioned Officer, U.S. Public Health Service, 06/69–02/91
    National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Courses Taught

  • OSH 4546 Ergonomics
  • OSH 3266 Safety Lab
  • OSH 4446 Law and Ethics for OSH
  • OSH 4606 Risk Reduction Methods for OSH
  • OSH 4896W OSH Senior Project
  • IH 5606 System Safety and Process Safety Management

Selected publications

Jensen, R.C., (2015). Field study confirms the belief that keeping busy helps control room operators sustain alertness during the night shift. Procedia Manufacturing. 03, 1297-1304.

Jensen, R.C., (2014). Hierarchies of hazard control: A proposal to resolve different lists. Advances in Safety Management and Human Factors, pp. 209-216, P. Arezes, & P. Carvalho (Eds.), published by AHFE Conference © 2014.

Hicks, C.L., Jensen, R.C., and Adams, J.M. (2013). Stairway step dimensions: Replication of a measurement system study. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 57, 575-579. doi:10.1177/1541931213571123.

Jensen, L.S., Jensen, R.C., and Ross, C.E. (2013). A Measurement System Experiment to Evaluate the Nosing-to-nosing Method for Measuring Dimensions of Steps. Proceedings of the XXV Annual Occupational Ergonomics and Safety Conference, pp. 17-22, BF Ware, PS Ray, B Miller, A Nimbarte, G Ibarra-Mejia, Eds. CD-ROM, ISBN: 97819384965-1-1, 2013.

Jensen, R.C., Risk-Reduction Methods for Occupational Safety and Health. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley. April 2012.

Anderson, A., Sullivan, F., Bardsley, S., Jensen, R., The Effects of Respirator Wear on Blood Lactate during Maximal Exertion. J. International Society for Respiratory Protection. 26(Fall Winter): 95-105, 2010.

Jensen, R.C. and Jenrich, E. (2008). Formats for section safety messages in printed manuals. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 52, 1369-1374.