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3 hours lecture, 3 units

Catalog Description
Covers the acute and chronic health effects produced by exposure to chemical, physical and biological agents. Emphasis on hazardous materials commonly associated with industrial operations, waste disposal and remediation sites. Topics include routes of entry, toxic effects, risk evaluation, permissible exposure limits, medical surveillance, control methods for reducing exposure, and use of Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) to develop strategies to reduce worker exposure.


Course Objectives
Students will be able to:
1) Describe common routes of entry of hazardous materials
2) Describe toxic effects of hazardous materials
3) Describe control measures for reducing exposure to hazardous materials
4) Perform a risk evaluation of selected hazardous materials
5) Analyze and apply Material Safety Data Sheet information

Minimum Student Materials

Minimum Instructional Facilities
Standard classroom

Course Content
1) Types of environmental health hazards
2) Exposure and entry routes
3) Routes of chemical absorption, distribution and elimination
4) Dose-response relation (dose of exposure)
5) Duration of exposure
6) Action of toxic substances
7) Effects of exposure to air contaminants
8) Target organ effects
9) Regulations and standards
10) Exposure guidelines and limits
11) Monitoring of harmful agents
12) Control methods
13) Medical monitoring
14) Source of toxic information
15) Risk evaluation
16) Survey of common toxic substances

Method of Instruction
1) Lecture and discussion
2) Class projects
3) Field trips

Method of Evaluation
A grading system will be established by the instructor and implemented uniformly. Grades will be based on demonstrated proficiency in subject matter determined by multiple measurement for evaluation, one of which must be essay exams, skills demonstration, or where appropriate, the symbol system.
1) Verbal and written communication skills, quizzes, exams
2) Active participation and discussion of lectures
3) Attendance
4) Hands-on activities for technical proficiency

Texts and References
1) Required: Kent, Chris. The Basics of Toxicology. 1st edition. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 1997.
2) Supplemental: NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards. U.S. Department of Health Services, Center for Disease Control.

Exit Skills
Students having successfully completed this course exit with the following skills, competencies and/or knowledge:
1) Define and apply terminology common to industrial hygiene and toxicology
2) Compare and contrast acute versus chronic health effects of hazardous materials
3) Analyze and assess the potential environmental and safety hazards found at occupational sites including emergency response sites
4) Evaluate and design medical surveillance and control methodology systems to reduce environmental and safety hazards at work sites including emergency response sites
5) Evaluate, analyze and design risk assessment programs for an occupational site including emergency response sites

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