Course Number: OSH 621

Credit Hours: 3

Bassam H. Atieh, Sc.D.

Office: 270-809-6652




Industrial Hygiene and Safety Program Development



Course Description and Prerequisite(s)

Advanced, in-depth study of harmful chemical, biological and physical agents found in the

workplace.  Emphasis is on analytical methods, control measures, monitoring and surveillance

techniques, and developing and writing a comprehensive industrial hygiene or safety program.

Prerequisites: OSH 420 or instructor's approval.



Course Objectives  (c,d,e,f,g,h) | (1,2,3,4,8)

By the end of this course:

- The student will have a very broad knowledge of industrial hygiene concepts and their


- The student will have a significant exposure to applied sciences in industrial hygiene.

- The student will be able to plan, design and implement a comprehensive industrial hygiene

  and/or a general safety related program.

- Students will learn how to be a part of a multi-disciplinary team, write analytical reports

  and make presentations demonstrating technical information.



Content Outline



- Review of Industrial Hygiene Concepts (Recognition, evaluation & control of hazards)

- Discussion of Case Studies

  (In-class discussions and evaluation of real experiences)



- Design and Implementation of Industrial Hygiene Programs

   (Class-work assignments and round-table discussions)

- Assigned and Required Chapters

  - The Industrial Hygienist

  - The Safety Professional

  - The Occupational Physician

  - The Occupational Nurse

  - Industrial Hygiene Program



- Governmental Regulations

- Occupational Safety and Health

- Research Design and Research Strategy





Instructional Activities

- Lectures

- Homework

- Writing critiques

- Term paper; topic must be approved

- Critiques are due on or before the date assigned by the instructor; LATE CRITIQUES

  WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.  (Make sure to turn-in original article/s)

- Papers are due on or before the date assigned by the instructor; LATE PAPERS




Field, Clinical, and/or Laboratory Experiences

- Field trips (when applicable) will be followed by group discussions.

- Laboratory and hands-on are not required for this course.  However, all student are

  encouraged to use the industrial hygiene laboratory open-hours policy for hands-on and

  practical experience.



Text(s) and Resources


Required Text

- Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene, National Safety Council, Latest Edition.


Recommended Texts & References

- The Occupational Environment-Its Evaluation and Control, AIHA Press, Latest Edition.

- Brauer, Roger L., Safety and Health for Engineers, VNR, USA, Latest Edition.



Evaluation and Grading Procedures

- Program design & development: 65%

- Critique: 15%

- Paper: 20%



Attendance Policy

- Attendance is required.

- Unexcused absences may affect your final grade for the course.



Academic Honesty Policy

Murray State University takes seriously its moral and educational obligation

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

books, notes, study aids, or other electronic, online, or digital devices in any academic

exercise; as well as unauthorized com­munication of information by any means to or from

others during any academic exercise.


Fabrication and Falsification - Intentional alteration or invention of any information

or citation in an academic exercise.  Falsification involves changing information whereas

fabrication involves inventing or counterfeiting information.


Multiple Submission - The submission of substantial portions of the same academic

work, including oral reports, for credit more than once without authorization from the



Plagiarism - Intentionally or knowingly representing the words, ideas, creative work, or

data of someone else as one's own in any academic exercise, without due and proper



Instructors should outline their expectations that may go beyond the scope of this policy at the

beginning of each course and identify such expectations and restrictions in the course syllabus.

When an instructor receives evidence, either directly or indirectly, of academic dishonesty, he

or she should investigate the instance.  The faculty member should then take ap­propriate

disciplinary action.


Disciplinary action may include, but is not limited to the following:

1) Requiring the student(s) to repeat the exercise or do additional related exercise(s).

2) Lowering the grade or failing the student(s) on the particular exercise(s) involved.

3) Lowering the grade or failing the student(s) in the course.


If the disciplinary action results in the awarding of a grade of "E" in the course,

The student(s) may not drop the course.


Faculty reserve the right to invalidate any exercise or other evaluative measures if substantial

evidence exists that the integ­rity of the exercise has been compromised.  Faculty also reserve

the right to document in the course syllabi further academic honesty policy elements related

to the individual disciplines.


A student may appeal the decision of the faculty member with the department chair in

writing within five working days.  Note: If, at any point in this process, the student alleges

that actions have taken place that may be in violation of the Murray State University

Non-Discrimination Statement, this process must be suspended and the matter be directed to

the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Access.  Any appeal will be forwarded to

the appropriate university committee as determined by the Provost.



Non-Discrimination Policy and Students with Disabilities


Policy Statement

Murray State University endorses the intent of all federal and state laws created to prohibit

discrimination.  Murray State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color,

national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, veteran status, or disability in

employment, admissions, or the provision of services and provides, upon request, reasonable

accommodation including auxiliary aids and services necessary to afford individuals with

disabilities equal access to participate in all programs and activities.  For more information,

contact the Executive Director of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Access, 103 Wells Hall,

(270) 809-3155 (voice), (270) 809-3361 (TDD).


Students with Disabilities

Students requiring special assistance due to a disability should visit the Office of Student

Disability Services immediately for assistance with accommodations.  For more information,

students should contact the Office of Student Disability Services, 423 Wells Hall,

Murray, KY 42071. 270-809-2018 (voice) 270-809-5889(TDD).



Other Required Departmental or Collegiate Committee Information

Not applicable.