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ENV 109 - Environmental Health and Safety

Credits: 4
3 Lecture Hours 3 Lab Hours

Prerequisites: BIO 133  with a grade of C or better.

This course prepares students to handle hazardous materials in the workplace, identify safety concerns that could cause accidents and propose solutions. The lecture emphasizes safety hazards that could be found in a broad spectrum of industries and will explore appropriate solutions to address those concerns. Students learn the common hazardous materials most often found in workplaces, how they should be properly disposed of and the regulations that govern disposal. The lab consists of an online module that includes a 40-hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) course from OSHA Educational Center and carries an additional fee. HAZWOPER supports the lecture by providing more detail on what makes materials hazardous to human health and the environment, the proper procedures for the handling and disposal of hazardous waste, procedures for emergency situations and appropriate safety methods and controls. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), levels of contamination and decontamination procedures are discussed. This course includes an additional $250.00 fee to be paid directly to the vendor for the online HAZWOPER training.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Explain procedures to identify, handle and dispose of hazardous materials.
  2. Identify safety issues in the workplace.
  3. Propose solutions to safety concerns.
  4. Explore examples of on-site emergencies and their outcomes.
  5. Describe common hazardous materials.
  6. Explain the impact of hazardous wastes on human health and the environment.
  7. Define appropriate safety methods in the workplace.
  8. Explain the meaning of different hazard symbols.
  9. Achieve 40-hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) certification.
Listed Topics
  1. Types of hazards
  2. Hazardous materials
  3. Hazard signs and symbols
  4. Disposal techniques
  5. Safety in the workplace
  6. On-site emergencies
  7. PPE
  8. Impacts on human health and the environment
  9. OSHA regulations and other agencies and regulations
  10. Toxicology of hazardous materials
Reference Materials
Textbook or OER; OSHA 40-Hour HAZWOPER online training course.
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 4/10/2020

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