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  EHS 215--Incident Management

Class: EHS 215--section 440
Incident Management
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.

Class meetings:

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.

Course description: 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 Credit, 4.
Learning outcomes: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Select and use of appropriate personal protective equipment for hazardous materials incidents.
  2. Apply basic hazard and risk assessment techniques.
  3. Understand basic hazardous materials terms and labeling conventions.
  4. Formulate an emergency response plan.
  5. Identify unknown materials by using survey instruments.
  6. Implement an appropriate incident command system.
  7. Understand chemical, radiological and toxicological terminology and behavior.
  8. Implement decontamination procedures during hazardous waste operations.
  9. Respond to laboratory and other small chemical spills.
Additional Comments:

Related courses in the EHST curriculum are:

  • 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
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.

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.

References: For further in-depth reading, for those interested:
  • Other references TBA.
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 follows:

  • 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.

Standard Course Information:

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 linked documents:

  • 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 site:

  • username: student
  • password: oshaisok
Additional 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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About this document: Comments and Questions to:
Patrick Coin (coinpg@durhamtech.edu)
919-536-7200 X8059 (voice)
Last modified: 1/6/2013