|| EHS 215--section 440
Spring Semester, 2013
Syllabus updated: 6 January 2013
Patrick Coin, PhD (lead instructor)
(adjunct instructors--to be named)
See Instructor Contact Page
for complete and updated information.
On the Internet (weekly) and
Saturdays as schedule, NDC 128, see calendar, and
EHS Attendance Policy for all
classes. NDC refers to Durham Tech's Northern Durham Center, 2401 Snowhill
Road, Durham--see directions.
Note. There will be six laboratory exercises on
Saturdays--see schedule linked above, plus Sakai LMS announcements.
|| This course introduces management
of hazardous materials and incidents. Topics include analysis and application
of the Incident Command System from the discovery of a hazardous substance
release to decontamination and termination procedures. Upon completion,
students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the roles and
responsibilities of hazardous materials team members. This course provides
OSHA HAZWOPER standard certification at the awareness, operations, and
technician level. Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3. Lab, 2. Semester Hours
||Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Select and use of appropriate personal protective equipment for hazardous materials incidents.
- Apply basic hazard and risk assessment techniques.
- Understand basic hazardous materials terms and labeling conventions.
- Formulate an emergency response plan.
- Identify unknown materials by using survey instruments.
- Implement an appropriate incident command system.
- Understand chemical, radiological and toxicological terminology and behavior.
- Implement decontamination procedures during hazardous waste operations.
- Respond to laboratory and other small chemical spills.
Related courses in the EHST curriculum
Note that EHS 215 is a 5 contact hour class. You are expected to
spend 10-15 hours per week working on it. Schedule sufficient time every
week to work on the Internet portion of the class--approximately four
to six hours. Make sure that family, friends, and co-workers understand
you are in class and need to be left alone.
- EHS 116--Environmental Management--offered in spring semesters in
a distance-learning (Internet) format
- FIP 230--Hazardous Materials Chemistry I--offered in fall semesters
in a distance learning format
One required text plus a set of downloadable documents:
- Noll, Hildebrand, and Yvorra. Hazardous Materials: Managing the
Incident. IFSTA/Fire Protection Publications, 2005 (3rd edition).
- USEPA, Standard Operating Safety Guides (U.S. EPA Publication
9285.1-03). This text is available as a series PDF files linked from
the HAZWOPER resource
module. Students should download and print from there.
Other material will be assigned via the Internet as well, and there
will possibly be more supplemental media distributed during the semester.
|| For further in-depth reading, for those interested:
Printed references are generally available in the reference section of
the Northern Durham Center Library. (See http://www.durhamtech.edu/library.htm
for hours and location.)
Evaluation in this class is weighted approximately as
- Weekly exercises/quizzes (12-16): 40 percent
- Laboratory exercises (6): 40 percent
- Project work and other capstone assessments: 20 percent
For more on evaluation, see the EHS Standard Grading Scheme
described in the linked document(s) below:
Exact weighting of each assessment (discussion question set, quizzes,
assignments, exams, etc.) will be given in the Sakai LMS Gradebook--the above is an approximation.
The following are links to documents represent
standard information, requirements and policies for all EHS and related
courses. They are considered part of the syllabus for this class,
and students are responsible for reading and understanding all of the
- Standard Course Information.
This page has links to documents on instructor contacts, evaluation
(grading), access, attendance, students with disabilities, and help.
- Course home page has up-to-date calendar.
This is subject to modification at the discretion of the instructor.
Students will be informed of any changes to the calendar via the class
web site, Blackboard Announcements, and/or the class e-mail list.
Remember, these linked documents are considered part of the syllabus
for this class.
Remember your username and password for accessing the EHST web
- username: student
- password: oshaisok
comments for EHS 215:
- Note that EHS 215 serves as a capstone course for the EHST Program. Certain skills/facts (competencies) are considered critical to the success of program graduates. These will be addressed in capstone assessments given in-lab or via the Internet. These will generally be closed-book and time-limited. More details to be announced.
- EHS 215 provides OSHA-compliant HAZWOPER training (awareness and operations levels) according to 29 CFR 1910.120. This training has physical/medical requirements for participation/completion. More details will be given in the laboratory sessions. If you have medical issues that may interfere with this training, please contact the lead instructor at the earliest opportunity.
- Students are reminded of the policy that class absences totaling
15% or more may result in an instructor-initiated drop of the class.
In this Internet hybrid class, attendance is based on both completion
of Internet-based work and participation in exercises.
- Make-up labs/exercises will be scheduled at the discretion of the
instructors. Participation in all exercises is critical to
granting of OSHA HAZWOPER certification under 29 CFR 1910.120. Missing
even one exercise may result in non-certification and/or dismissal
from the class at the discretion of the instructors.
- EHS 215 is the capstone course for the EHST program at Durham
Tech. In a capstone course, critical vocational skills and abilities
(competencies) of the entire program are assessed by various means,
including assignments, quizzes, capstone assessments, and completion of laboratory
exercises. Certain of these assessments may be closed book/time-limited. Failure to show mastery of critical competencies in capstone course may result in failure of, or dismissal from, the class irrespective of the percentage score in the class. See the list of EHST program critical competencies, linked here.
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