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ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH & SAFETY TECHNOLOGY 230 - SAFETY AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE

3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory, 4 units

Catalog Description
Designed to provide students with hands-on instruction in safety and emergency response to chemical and physical exposures in industrial and field settings. Topics include: hazard analysis; contingency planning; housekeeping and safety practices including proper use and selection of PPE, site control and evaluation; handling drums and containers; field sampling and monitoring; proper use of instruments; incident response planning; emergency response including field exercises in the use of PAPR and SCBA; and an understanding of the ICS system. Satisfies the requirements for generalized employee training under OSHA [29 CFR 1910.120 and Title 8, California Code of Regulations 5192 (e) (3) (A)].

Recommended Preparation
ENVT 100 and 130 or equivalent

Entrance Skills
Without the following skills, competencies and/or knowledge, any student entering this course will be highly unlikely to succeed:
1) Ability to research and analyze laws, regulations and standards pertaining to the environment and occupational safety
2) Define and apply terminology and acronyms used by professionals working in environmental and occupational careers
3) Analyze and apply relevant information from a chemicals Material Data Safety Sheet to an emergency response event
4) Recognize and interpret labels, signs and placards used in the environmental technology industry to quantify and qualify hazardous materials and hazardous waste in the workplace
5) Evaluate and design medical surveillance and control methodology systems to reduce environmental and safety hazards at the work site
6) Evaluate, analyze and design risk assessment programs for an occupational site

Course Objectives
Students will be able to:
1) Select and use the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
2) Understand the laws and regulations pertaining to hazardous waste/materials emergency response
3) Develop an emergency contingency plan
4) Properly and safely handle a drum, container and other equipment
5) Analyze, evaluate and respond properly to a hazardous materials incident
6) Develop a written Cal/OSHA respiratory protection plan
7) Develop a Site Specific Health and Safety Plan (SARA Title I, Section 126)
8) Understand the basic functions of the Incident Command System

Minimum Student Materials
None

Minimum Instructional Facilities
1) Standard classroom
2) Laboratory space

Course Content
1) Introduction to hazardous materials and waste
2) Hazardous Waste and Workplace Regulations (CERCLA, RCRA, SARA, CAA, CWA, DOT, EPA and OSHA)
3) Hazard Analysis and Site Characterization
4) Development of Contingency Plan
5) Emergency Response Planning for Fixed Facilities
6) Incident Command System Functions
7) Air Sampling and Soil Analysis
8) Emergency Response Training [(OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120 and Title 8, CCR 5192 (e) (3) (a)]
9) Confined Space Awareness
10) Auditing the Emergency Response Plan
11) Decision Making Process for Hazardous Materials
12) Worker Safety Practices
13) Developing a Written PPE Program (29 CFR 1910.134 and Title 8, CCR, Sec. 5144)
14) Site Specific Health and Safety Plan (SARA Title I, Section 126)
15) Incident Mitigation Operations
16) Containment
17) Site Control Procedures
18) DOT Hazardous Materials Classes, Properties and Containers
19) Labeling, Placarding, and Identification
20) UN Numbering System
21) Contamination and Decontamination
22) Personal Protection

Method of Instruction
1) Lecture and discussion
2) Class 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 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:
a. Waxman, Michael F., Ph.D. Hazardous Waste Site Operations. John Wiley and Sons, 1996.
b. NIOSH/EPA/Coast Guard. Occupational Safety and Health Guidance Manual for Hazardous Waste Site Activities. U.S. Government, 1986.
2) Supplemental:
a. Department of Health and Human Services, NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards. Pub. No. 99-115, April 1999.
b. DOT. North American Emergency Response Guidebook. 1996.


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