Course Number: OSH 425
Credit Hours: 3
Bassam H. Atieh, Sc.D.
Course Description and Prerequisite(s)
The study of physical agents including noise, radiation (ionizing and non-ionizing forms),
abnormal atmospheric pressure, and heat & cold stresses in the workplace. Emphasis is given
to properties, measurements, health effects, and engineering controls recommended and
practiced by OSHA. Prerequisites: Junior status or instructor's approval.
By the end of this course:
- Students will become familiar with various physical agents in the field of industrial hygiene.
- Students will learn how to measure exposures and implement appropriate controls.
- Students will learn how to prevent exposure to physical agents.
- Students will be able to identify, calibrate and use equipment related to such agents.
- Physics of Sound & Noise Measurement
- Noise Controls
- The Human Ear & Disorders of Hearing
- Audiometers & Audiometric Procedures
- Personal Hearing Protective Equipment
- Compensation Aspects/Regulation, Standards & Criteria
- NON-IONIZING RADIATION
- Radio Frequencies
- Visible Light
- Infra Red
- IONIZING RADIATION
- ABNORMAL ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURES
- HEAT & COLD STRESS
- Physics of Heat
- Physiologic Aspects of Heat Stress
- Heat Measurement and Controls
- Lab. sessions
Field, Clinical, and/or Laboratory Experiences
- Field application and equipment demonstration.
- In-class demonstration of all instruments and equipment discussed during lectures. However,
all students are encouraged to utilize the industrial hygiene laboratory open-hours policy for
more hands-on. For credit, the student must sign in and out. For every hour spent in
laboratory time, two points will be added to the final exam grade.
Text(s) and Resources (Recommended)
- The Occupational Environment-Its Evaluation and Control, AIHA Press, Latest Edition.
(This text will be used as a reference and an information source).
- Threshold Limit Values and Biological Exposure Indices, ACGIH, Latest Edition.
- Brauer, Roger L., Safety and Health for Engineers, VNR, USA, Latest Edition.
- Handouts by topic/subject when applicable.
Evaluation and Grading Procedures
- Homework: 25%
- Test I: 25%
- Test II: 25%
- Final exam: 25%
- Attendance is required.
- Unexcused absences may affect your final grade for the course.
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to maintain high standards of academic honesty and ethical behavior. Instructors are
expected to evaluate students' academic achievements accurately, as well as ascertain
that work submitted by students is authentic and the result of their own efforts, and
consistent with established academic standards. Students are obligated to respect and
abide by the basic standards of personal and professional integrity.
Violations of Academic Honesty Include:
Cheating - Intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized information such as
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exercise; as well as unauthorized communication of information by any means to or from
others during any academic exercise.
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or citation in an academic exercise. Falsification involves changing information whereas
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Multiple Submission - The submission of substantial portions of the same academic
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When an instructor receives evidence, either directly or indirectly, of academic dishonesty, he
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If the disciplinary action results in the awarding of a grade of "E" in the course,
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