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ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH & SAFETY TECHNOLOGY 201 – INTRODUCTION TO INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE AND OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH

3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory, 4 units

Catalog Description
Anticipation, recognition, revaluation and control of biological, chemical and physical hazards in the workplace. Introduction to the development of industrial hygiene and occupational health and safety as a professional discipline. Provides students with an understanding of basic physiological processes and the effects caused by occupational exposure to hazards. Students will survey various occupational health and safety programs and government regulations. Familiarizes students with industrial hygiene monitory and sampling techniques for airborne contaminants, noise, heat, radiation and illumination.

Recommended Preparation
ENVT 100 or concurrent enrollment

Entrance Skills
Without the following skills, competencies and/or knowledge, students entering this course will be highly unlikely to succeed:
1) Define and apply environmental technology terminology and acronyms
2) Understand and analyze historical occupational safety and health laws and regulations which impact industrial hygiene and occupational health and their effects on the workers
3) Understand and apply industrial hygiene philosophy to occupational safety and health
4) Have a general understanding of biological/physical/chemical hazards, chemical physical characteristics, routes of entry and programs needed to manage workplace safety and health

Course Objectives
Students will be able to:
1) Through written examination, identify and relate key historical elements to current regulations and accepted practices in industrial hygiene and occupational safety.
2) By written examination, interpret, analyze, criticize and evaluate sampling procedures and related health and safety reports.
3) As examined by laboratory exercise, demonstrate the proper use, preparation and calibration of industrial hygiene instrumentation.
4) Given a workplace scenario, develop a comprehensive health and safety plan that includes healing conservation requirements and respiratory protection requirements and workplace monitoring.
5) By laboratory exercise, demonstrate appropriate radiation safety requirements used during the storage, handling and disposal of radioactive material.
6) Given specified work conditions, evaluate ergonomic deficiencies and apply appropriate ergonomic principles to correct/improve the working conditions as demonstrated through a written examination.
7) By written research, demonstrate a basic knowledge of the pathological effects to human anatomy and physiology caused by exposure to harmful agents as it relates to occupational exposure.
8) Given a laboratory work scenario, devise a laboratory and biohazards safety plan using current laws and regulations.

Special Materials Required of Student
None

Minimum Instructional Facilities
Standard classroom

Course Content
1) Historical overview of industrial hygiene
2) Industrial hygiene programs
3) Radiation safety
4) Application of ergonomic principles
5) Pathological effects

Method of Instruction
1) Lecture and discussion
2) Projects
3) Field trips
4) Lab assignments, 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 measurements 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) Participation
3) Attendance
4) Hands-on activities

Texts and References
1) Required: Plog, B. A., ed. Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene. 4th edition. National Safety Council, 2000.
2) Supplemental: None


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