GEHS 7250 - Current Issues in Industrial Hygiene and Safety, 3 credits
Current topics in industrial hygiene and safety are presented to provide practicing health and safety professionals with updates on new and emerging topics in the field. The course consists of weekly meetings that include discussions of the topic, Internet exercises to research new articles and case studies. Students are expected to conduct mini literature reviews of the topic and to participate in the discussion of their research or experience. Emphasis will be placed on the application of findings to health and safety programs. Nine topics of current interest will be selected each year. Examples include: ergonomics issues, indoor air quality, cumulative traumas, process safety, traffic and transportation safety, confined space, regulatory compliance, risk assessment, and blood-borne pathogens. (OHSM required, possible elective for other programs). Topics that are relevant to Disaster Management issues are included in the context of industrial safety and hygiene.
Course Learning Objectives
The student will be able to:
- Discuss current issues in industrial hygiene and environmental health and safety in the context of their application in the workplace through an occupational health and safety management program.
- Write a graduate level research paper in which you identify, access, review, and assess sources of information available for the solution of problems involving occupational health and safety in the in the workplace. This should be done in the context of an Occupational Health and Safety Program in a certain type of work environment.
- Conduct literature reviews on topics and be able to discriminate and evaluate information found in peer-reviewed versus non-peer reviewed articles.
- Assimilate course lecture information to exhibit a basic understanding of the lecture topics presented by the various presenters.