Industrial Hygiene Courses

Lecture courses annotated with an asterisk (*) and their corresponding laboratory courses (L) must be taken concurrently unless either the lecture course or the corresponding laboratory course was passed previously. If a student passes only one course of the combination and elects not to repeat the course that was failed, elective credit—not major, minor, or general studies credit—shall be given for the course passed.

IH 301. (3) Occupational Safety and Health. Principles of occupational health and safety covering standard techniques for the recognition, evaluation and control of workplace and environmental health hazards with emphasis on the role of regulatory agencies, the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, and workplace safety and health regulations. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

*IH 310. (2) Industrial Ergonomics and Physical Agents. This course studies the role of industrial ergonomics in preventing cumulative trauma, improving occupational safety and health, and the recognition/evaluation of physical agents including microwaves, electromagnetic fields, optical and ionizing radiation. Topics in industrial ergonomics include cumulative trauma, physical and cognitive ergonomics, work physiology, biomechanics and principles of workstation design. Prerequisites: BI 242, IH 301. (Spring)

IH 310L. (1) Industrial Ergonomics and Physical Agents Laboratory. This laboratory presents techniques for assessing ergonomics risk factors, physical work demands, biomechanical and manual handling loads, and exposure to electromagnetic fields, UV and ionizing radiation. The design of workstations including office ergonomics is also included. One 3-hour laboratory period per week. Field trips may be required. Prerequisites: BI 242, IH 301. Special fee: $50.00. (Spring)

IH 311. (3) Industrial Safety. Review of the voluntary compliance outreach program (OSHA 501) for general industry. This program includes a review of the OSHA Act; recordkeeping and recording requirements; the use of the Code of Federal Regulations and the application of safety standards. General principles of occupational safety are discussed along with the regulatory issues. Term projects may be required. Prerequisites: IH 301. (Fall)

IH 322. (3) Industrial Hygiene Problems. Review of issues concerning the practice of the Industrial Hygiene profession. Study of health and safety hazards associated to common industrial operations and processes, with emphasis on hazard analysis, including qualitative and quantitative techniques. Field trip and term project are required. Prerequisites: CH 112, 112L; IH 301. (Summer)

IH 333. (3) Industrial Toxicology. Review of human physiology and recognition of physiological effects of toxic agents; TLV and LD concepts; use of medical technology; modes of contact and entry of toxic agents and dosage, time, and concentration effects; recognition of toxic agents, occupational diseases, and epidemiology. Term projects may be required. Prerequisites: BI 242, IH 301, MA 147. (Spring)

IH 401. (3) Health and Safety Applied to Business Operations. A study of laws, guidelines, and standard practices concerning occupational health and safety as applied to business operations. Topics included in this course are the administration of occupational health and safety programs, recordkeeping of injuries and illnesses, measures of safety performance, exposure assessment processes, control interventions, emergency preparedness and contingency planning, and ergonomics programs. This course is not applicable for credit toward a degree in industrial hygiene. Prerequisite: IH 301. (Spring)

IH 422. (3) Control of Airborne Hazards. This course present principles for hazard analysis and control of industrial airborne contaminants. Emphasis is given to general ventilation, local exhaust ventilation, and noise control. A term paper may be required. Prerequisites: IH 311, 322. (Fall)

IH 422L. (1) Control of Airborne Hazards Laboratory. This laboratory presents principles of design and methods for the evaluation of controls with emphasis given to general and local exhaust ventilation. The use of band frequency analysis for noise characterization and fit testing techniques for personal respirators are also illustrated. One 3-hour laboratory period per week. Fields trips may be required. Prerequisites: IH 311, 322. Special fee: $50.00. (Fall)

IH 444. (3) Sampling Methods in Industrial Hygiene. This course presents air sampling techniques used for the evaluation of airborne gases, vapors, aerosols and biological agents found in the workplace. Quantitative methods of frequent use in occupational hygiene are illustrated following an integrated approach that includes components of sampling strategies, collection techniques, data analyses, and exposure assessment principles. A term paper may be required. Prerequisites: IH 311, 333. (Spring)

IH 444L. (1) Sampling Methods in Industrial Hygiene Laboratory. This course presents techniques and equipment used for collection of airborne contaminants, including integrated and real time methods. Experiments also focus on quality control including calibration techniques, preparation of test atmospheres, and statistical methods of data analysis. One 3-hour laboratory period per week. Fields trips may be required. Prerequisites: IH 311, 333. Special fee: $50.00. (Spring)

IH 490. (3) Special Topics in Occupational Health and Safety. An in-depth study of a particular topic of current interest in the field of industrial hygiene. Topics will vary but will be listed in the Schedule of Classes when offered and on students’ transcripts. A $50 laboratory fee or field trips may be required according to topic. Prerequisite: departmental approval. (Fall)

IH 495. (1-3) Senior Research/lnternship. Independent research or internship on individual projects under faculty supervision for selected industrial hygiene majors who have completed at least 84 credit hours with a minimum 3.0 overall scholastic average. Scheduled work and conferences require a minimum average of four hours per week per credit hour. Research or internship may be off campus at a preapproved site with credit depending on scope of project. May be repeated for a maximum of three credit hours. Departmental approval required. Special fee: $30.00 for on-campus projects. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

IH 496. (1) Capstone Project in Industrial Hygiene. This course requires the application of comprehensive and cumulative knowledge acquired in industrial hygiene and supporting courses to an assigned case study or industrial operation. Students may choose a theoretical study (Option I), or a preprofessional internship (Option II). For Option I, students will be required to complete three reports during the semester addressing, in succession, the areas of recognition, evaluation and control. For Option II, students must obtain approval from the instructor as to the comprehensiveness of the proposed experience and also by the submission of a proposal prior to beginning the internship. At the completion of the internship, the student must generate a detailed report with components of recognition, evaluation, and control. In addition, all students will be given a comprehensive exit exam. Open to industrial hygiene majors in their last semester of studies. Departmental approval required. (Fall, Spring)