Undergraduate Safety-Occ and Env Sfty & Hlth
2021 Fall Term
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PERSONAL AND PUBLIC SAFETY
Presents a systematic account of the foundations of safety to students with little previous knowledge of the subject. It presents the accident problem, philosophical implications, concepts of accident causation and countermeasures, and an overview of specific areas of safety concern: fire, water safety, traffic, disasters, etc.
ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS
An investigation into the physiological, psychological and sociological problems presented by the use of alcohol and other drugs. Prevention and treatment programs will be examined. Other areas of study will include alcohol and traffic safety, alcohol and other drugs education and employee assistance programs.
INTRODUCTION TO OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY & HEALTH
Students will review case studies of historical events, investigate professional OSH organizations, and learn to utilize OSH regulatory and consensus standards websites as an introduction to the basic practice of hazard identification and assessment, control strategies, and basic safety program development.
SAFETY IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
This course examines the practices and safety-related problems found in the contruction industry. Administrative and organizational issues that impact construction safety programs are examined. Students will be introduced to specific problems and countermeasures for correction through lectures and field experiences. The course provides an overview of applicable OSHA and MSHA standards.
CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENT PREVENTION
A combination of principles and practices designed to provide a basis for understanding the nature of accident prevention, health preservation and loss reduction in construction operations. The topics to be examined include federal safety and health regulations, techniques of hazard control, strategies for minimizing injuries and losses, and sources of assistance in resolving safety and health problems.
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY & HEALTH STANDARDS AND APPLICATIONS
This course is designed to provide the student with a comprehensive understanding of occupational safety and health standards and their application for the management of workplace injury prevention and health promotion. Topics to be examined include federal regulations and their interpretations and accident investigation methodologies.
PRINCIPLES OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
This course addresses the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources) regulations and the related management responsibilities of safety, environmental and/or business professionals to ensure compliance with environmental requirements. Areas to be covered: compliance, management systems, managing emissions, waste, discharges, spills & remediation, environmental audits & site assessments, sustainability, ethics, etc.
BEHAVIORAL ASPECTS OF ACCIDENT PREVENTION
Selected theories of accident causation and countermeasures are studied. Examination of physiological, medical, psychological, and sociological factors which influence behavior, and methods for modifying unsafe behavior.
FUNDAMENTALS OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
An examination of federal and state laws with judicial and regulatory interpretations having application to the management of the occupational and environmental safety & health responsibilities of private sector firms in the United States.
Study of human capabilities and limitations (physical, perceptual and cognitive) as the basis for improving human interactions with products, workstations and jobs. Review of human anatomical, physiological, perceptual and psychomotor characteristics applied to human-machine systems to enhance worker comfort, safety, health and productivity.
FACILITY WATER MANAGEMENT
This course will cover water related topics from a facility point of view. Topics to be covered are basic water ecology, drinking water sources, water quality monitoring, facility level water management, facility and municipal level wastewater treatment, basic water related public health issues, stormwater management, and water related regulatory compliance.
PRINCIPLES AND METHODS OF INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE
An introduction to the science and art of anticipating, recognizing, evaluating, and controlling the chemical, physical, and biological agents that affect the health and safety of workers. The laboratory provides working knowledge and hands-on experience with equipment for recognizing, analyzing, and evaluating occupational health hazards in industry. One 2.5 hour lecture and one 2.5 hour lab per week.
ANALYSIS AND DESIGN FOR SAFETY IN INDUSTRIAL OPERATIONS
The course reviews interpretations and applications of occupational safety and health standards. Emphasis is placed on local, state, federal and trade standards to numerous applications including materials handling, machine guarding, metalworking, electrical hazards, and flammable liquids. Class visitations to selected industries will be scheduled to assist students in understanding industrial and plant processes and to recognize potential hazards.
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY MANAGEMENT
Emphasis will be on the organizational and administrational problems that relate to risk assessments, occupational accidents, worker compensation management, safety committees and empoyee safety training programs. The course is designed for students majoring in the business related areas and future safety professionals who desire to develop an understanding of these management problems as well as applicable solutions.
Control of fire through study of building construction to prevent fire spread, occupancy-hazard relationships, exposure to and from adjacent occupancies, lifesaving aspects, and the development of professional knowledge of flammable gases, liquids, combustible solids, dusts, chemicals, and explosives. Interpretation of appropriate codes will be covered.
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS MANAGEMENT
This course provides a framework for understanding the nature of hazardous materials and how the risks from such materials may be reduced. The focus is on the properties and characteristics of hazardous materials and the life cycle of hazardous materials (manufacturing/importing, use, storage, transportation, disposal and remediation); emphasizing hazardous material minimization and the best practices of using and handling hazardous materials based on their properties and characteristics.
FIELDWORK INTERNSHIP IN SAFETY
Offered on a satisfactory/no credit grade basis only. Students are required to secure their own internships. Hosting organizations must have a safety supervisor on-site, and the majority of internship activities be safety-related. Internships need to be pre-approved by the OESH coordinator. Students will be supervised by the organization's safety manager and an OESH instructor. Interns will document their field experiences.
Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. May be taken for a maximum of 3 units in major/degree.