FUNDAMENTALS OF INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE
Course Number: OSH 420
Credit Hours: 3
Bassam H. Atieh, Sc.D.
Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene
Course Description and Prerequisite(s)
An introduction to the field of industrial hygiene-including the chemical, physical and
biological agents which affect the health and safety of employees; the application of control
measures for the various agents; the study of threshold limit values and occupational health
toxicology. Prerequisites: CHE 105 or instructor's approval.
By the end of this course:
- Students will be able to define and comprehend the field of study of industrial hygiene.
- Students will become familiar with the terminology of industrial hygiene and occupational
safety and understand the differences between the two fields of study.
- Students will learn how to identify, evaluate and control hazards.
- Students will become familiar with the development and the implementation of industrial
- Students will be able to calculate concentrations and convert them from one unit system to
to other unit systems.
- GENERAL INTRODUCTIONS
- Statistics and Math. Review
- Introduction to Industrial Hygiene
- Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology
- RECOGNITION OF HAZARDS
- Gases, Vapors and Particulate Matter
- Industrial Noise
- Non-Ionizing and Ionizing Radiation
- Abnormal/Extreme Pressures and Temperatures
- Biological Hazards
- EVALUATION OF HAZARDS
- Industrial Toxicology
- Methods of Evaluation
- Air Sampling Instruments
- CONTROL OF HAZARDS
- Methods of Control
- Ventilation (General & Industrial)
- Protective Equipment
- Indoor Air Quality
FINAL EXAM (COMPREHENSIVE)
- Field trips (if applicable)
- Term paper
Field, Clinical, and/or Laboratory Experiences
- A brief introduction and demonstration of laboratory equipment.
- All students are required to have at least 3-5 laboratory hours. Students are to determine
these sessions and arrange with lab supervisor and/or the instructor for assistance. It is
suggested that students have these lab sessions in small groups and not individually. Failure
to fulfill this requirement, the student may lose one letter grade. All students are required to
sign in and out for laboratory credit.
Text(s) and Resources
- Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene, National Safety Council, Latest Edition.
- Handouts by topic/subject when applicable.
Recommended Texts & References
- Cralley and Cralley, Eds. Patty's Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology, Vol. III,
Willey-Interscience, Latest Edition.
- Brauer, Roger L., Safety and Health for Engineers, VNR, USA, Latest Edition.
Evaluation and Grading Procedures
- Homework: 20%
- Paper: 10%
- Test I: 20%
- Test II: 20%
- Final exam: 30%
Final Course Grade
A = 92-100
B = 83-91
C = 74-82
D = 65-73
E ≤ 64
- Attendance is required.
- Unexcused absences may affect your final grade for the course.
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Cheating - Intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized information such as
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