Course Summary
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4 days (31 hours)
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Lower-Division Baccalaureate 2 Industrial Hygiene


The course objective is to provide the skills and knowledge to apply basic principles and procedures of industrial hygiene, including anticipation, recognition, evaluation and control of health hazards, industrial hygiene program implementation, exposure assessment methods and calculations, data interpretation, and compliance with OSHA and consensus standards for health hazards.The OSHA Guide to Industrial Hygiene (OSHA #521) course covers industrial hygiene practices and related OSHA regulations and procedures. Course topics include recognition, evaluation, and control of chemical, physical, biological and ergonomic hazards, Permissible Exposure Limits (PEL), OSHA health standards, respiratory protection, engineering controls, OSHA sampling protocols and strategies, and workplace health program elements. The course features workshops in health hazard recognition, OSHA health standards and use of sampling equipment. Upon course completion students will have the ability to recognize basic industrial hygiene principles and practices, identify characteristics of common air contaminants, locate PELs, perform basic industrial hygiene calculations, and determine methods for hazard control and abatement.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Recognize potential health hazards in accordance with OSHA's occupational health standards and guidelines

General Course Topics:

  • Industrial hygiene principles
  • Air contaminant basics
  • Air contaminant standards
  • Substance-specific hazards
  • Air sampling methods
  • Screening for gases and vapors
  • Health hazard controls
  • Ventilation
  • Respiratory protection
  • Noise
  • Biological agents
  • Ergonomics
  • Permit-required confined space
  • Hazardous waste operations and emergency response
  • Recordkeeping
  • Hazard-identification activity
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Classroom Exercise
  • Discussion
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Quizzes

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