GEHS 6620 - Physical Agents and Ergonomic Hazards in the Workplace, 3 credits
Problems associated with occupational exposures to physical agents are discussed. Health effects, evaluation and control of exposure to ultraviolet, infra-red, laser, microwave irradiation, noise, heat, and abnormal pressures are covered in detail. (IH)
Course Learning Objectives
The student will be able to:
- Describe and define the physics, natural attributes, and characteristics of heat transfer, noise, non-ionizing radiation, mechanical vibration, and abnormal pressures.
- Recognize and describe the health effects of exposure to the physical agents and cumulative trauma. Describe the anatomic and physiologic basis for the effects and identify the affected target organs.
- Identify appropriate physical parameters to be measured for assessing exposure to the physical agents. Choose and utilize appropriate instrumentation and calculation algorithms for the associated measurements.
- Identify, understand, and apply standards of acceptable exposure to physical agents.
- Design, select, and evaluate appropriate administrative, engineering, personal protective equipment, and other control measures to reduce exposure to the physical agents to acceptable levels.