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3 hours lecture, 3 units

Catalog Description
Designed to provide students with an overview of elements which are incorporated in a comprehensive workplace health and safety program. Emphasizes methods used to reduce accidents/injuries through application of workplace health protection and safety fundamentals. Topics include safety inspection, protocols, safety audits, data collection and analysis techniques, interpretation of safety data, implementation of safety programs, worker education and essential personal protection equipment.


Course Objectives
Students will be able to:
1) Research workplace health protection regulations
2) Define terminology common to the workplace health and safety industry
3) Research and analyze data relevant to workplace health and safety industry
4) Develop and conduct a safety audit in industrial setting
5) Identify appropriate medical surveillance components necessary for a workplace health program
6) Research permitting process pertaining to workplace health program

Minimum Student Materials
1) Safety glasses
2) Ear plugs
3) Tyvex suit

Minimum Instructional Facilities
1) Standard lecture classroom
2) Lab facility
3) Site lab exercise area

Course Content
1) Fundamentals of Workplace Safety
a. Terminology
b. Technical aspects
c. Personal protective equipment overview
2) Inspections and Investigations of Workplaces by Regulatory Agencies
a. Federal Agencies
b. State
c. Local
1. County
2. City
3. Insurance carrier
4. Institutional
3) Mishap Investigation, Reporting and Recordkeeping
a. Types
b. Requirements
c. Investigative reports
4) Health and Safety Programs
a. Regulations and standards: occupational safety and health standards
b. Developing a health and safety program: components
c. Standard Programs
1. Respiratory protection
2. Asbestos control
3. Hearing conservation and noise abatement
4. Sight conservation
5. Lead
6. Ergonomics
7. Energy control (lockout/tagout)
8. Confined space
9. Bloodborne pathogens
5) Safety Audits
a. Regulations and standards
b. Systems components
c. System design
d. Conducting
e. Employee education and training
6) Interfacing with Health and Safety Agencies
a. Employer rights and obligations
b. Agencies/Departments
1. Cal/OSHA
2. Insurance
3. County
4. City
5. Corporate

Method of Instruction
1) Lecture and discussion
2) Class projects
3) Field trips and guest lecturers
4) Lab exercise and projects

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) Attendance
2) Verbal and written reports, quizzes, exams
3) Active participation and discussions of lectures
4) Hands-on activities for technical proficiency
5) Midterm and final exam (objective, short essay, project performance)

Texts and References
1) Required:
a. OSHA Title 8 Regulations
b. NIOSH Pocket Guide to Hazardous Materials
2) Supplemental:
a. Confer, Robert G. Workplace Health Protection.
b. ACGIH Pocket Guide to Hazardous Materials

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