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Occupational Safety and Health

Course Descriptions

OSH 100: Introduction to Occupational Safety and Health

Credits: 5.0

Introduces concepts of occupational safety and health, including regulatory agencies, financial and human impact of occupational injuries and illnesses, and workers' compensation. Covers basic safety terminology and how to access safety information and resources.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify the various fields of safety and risk management. (i.e., industrial hygiene, safety management, risk management, etc.). [REASON]
  • Describe the regulatory agencies that deal with occupational and environmental safety and health and describe each organizations purpose and authority. (i.e., OSHA, L&I, EPA, DOT, etc.). [REASON]
  • Understand basic terminology used in the field of occupational safety and health and apply it appropriately. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate how to access applicable rules and regulations. [ACT]
  • Analyze the history and evolution of occupational safety and health as it pertains to a variety of communities and stake holders. [EXPLORE]
  • Evaluate the impact (financial and social) of occupational injuries and illnesses. [EXPLORE]
  • Explore the process of workers' compensation and its effects on various stake holders. [REASON]
  • Adopt a proactive approach to safety by following best practices in the field. [ACT]

  • OSH 110: Safety Management

    Credits: 5.0

    Introduce concepts and measurements of reactive vs. proactive safety practices. Learn major hazards in workplace; how to collect, evaluate, respond to safety and health trend data; develop site- specific programs, policies, procedures; basic concepts of emergency preparedness. Prerequisite(s): Placement into ENGL 100.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Collect and evaluate data to identify safety and health trends. [REASON]
  • Identify and address risks and hazards in a variety of occupational settings. [REASON]
  • Create written policies and procedures to prevent and reduce risks and hazards. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Develop appropriate plans for hazard mitigation and business continuity. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Produce site-specific programs, policies and procedures that incorporate the needs of a diverse workforce. [EXPLORE]
  • Adopt a proactive versus reactive approach to managing risk and hazards in the workplace. [ACT]

  • OSH 140: Regulatory Environment

    Credits: 3.0

    Introduction to regulatory bodies and overview of OSHA, WISHA, EPA, DOT, MSHA regulations. History and political evolution of the regulatory environment, how violations are penalized, and how a regulatory agency performs a formal inspection. Prerequisite(s): Placement into ENGL 100.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Locate and utilize relevant laws and regulations related to occupational safety and health. [REASON]
  • Describe the history and evolution of regulatory and political environments in the U.S. and Internationally. [EXPLORE]
  • Identify the various local, state, federal and international agencies and organizations involved with occupational safety and health and describe their authority and levels of interaction. (i.e., OSHA, EPA, DOT, WISHA, L&I, etc.). [EXPLORE]
  • Analyze and respond to the audit results of a regulatory inspection. [REASON]
  • Explain the penalties and violation structure. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Propose policies and procedures to ensure compliance and create a culture of safety in an organization. [ACT]

  • OSH 150: Workers' Compensation and Risk Management

    Credits: 3.0

    Overview of risk manager role/current risk analysis methods. History/evolution of workers compensation system, ADA, FMLA, WA State Disability Act. Covers business insurance and claims process, transfer/assumption/assessment of risks; lines of insurance. Prerequisite(s): Placement into ENGL 100.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Explain the reasons and roles for managing risk in the workplace. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Identify and analyze various risk analysis methods. [REASON]
  • Describe the process of handling risk, including the assumption of risk and transfer of risk. [REASON]
  • Analyze the history and evolution of risk management and workers' compensation laws in the United States and internationally (including ADA, FMLA, etc.). [EXPLORE]
  • Manage a workers' compensation claim from opening to closing of a claim with empathy for all stakeholders involved. [ACT]
  • Adopt an ethical approach to mitigating risks and hazards in the workplace. [ACT]

  • OSH 155: Special Topics

    Credits: Maximum of 5.0 possible

    Classes, workshops or seminars of current interest in occupational safety and health.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Discuss a specific topic of current interest in occupational safety and health. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Relate the special topic to other course work and best practices in occupational safety and health. [REASON]

  • OSH 160: Incident Investigation

    Credits: 3.0

    Covers methods and documentation required for incident investigation. Overview of supervisor role in incident investigation, methods of review, action and follow up to prevent recurrence. Includes overview of record-keeping system. Prerequisite(s): Placement into ENGL 100.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Analyze proper methods, protocol, and documentation for an incident investigation. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Conduct a complete investigation of a workplace incident. [REASON]
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the documentation and record-keeping system for reporting injuries and illnesses. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Describe the methods of review, action, and follow-up by the employee(s), the supervisor, the safety committee and management. [EXPLORE]
  • Adopt an objective and professional approach to the investigation process, [ACT]

  • OSH 170: Safety Training Techniques

    Credits: 5.0

    Overview of learning styles and effective training methods. Advantages/disadvantages of different training medias and related costs. Opportunity to provide training to class members on safety topics using different training methodologies. Prerequisite(s): Placement into ENGL 100.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify the variety of different learning styles and the most effective training methods to reach each student. [EXPLORE]
  • Demonstrate advantages/disadvantages of the different training medias and the associated costs. [REASON]
  • Describe effective refresher training methods. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Prepare and present a complete training module. [COMMUNICATE]

  • OSH 190: Industrial Security

    Credits: 3.0

    Overview of all-hazards approach to industrial security. Site-specific vulnerability assessment, development of Emergency Action Plan, loss prevention, industrial security, history of terrorism/terrorist threats, workplace violence and National Incident Management System (NIMS). Prerequisite(s): Placement into ENGL 100.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the history and evolution of terrorism (historical perspective) including specific hazardous threats: chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive/energetic (CBRNE). [REASON]
  • Apply the best practices of Industrial Security including: a. equipment use; b. methods; c. control of facility and grounds; d. internal security threats (i.e., disgruntled employees). [REASON]
  • Identify the potential for workplace violence, analyze its causes and impact, and suggest preventative procedures and safeguards. [EXPLORE]
  • Explain site-specific vulnerability assessment processes. [ACT]
  • Recognize how the NIMS applies to industrial security and emergency response. [REASON]
  • Develop and implement site specific health and safety plans that include emergency response elements. [COMMUNICATE]

  • OSH 199: Special Projects in Occupational Safety and Health

    Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

    Special projects in OSH arranged with instructor. Credit available with approval. S/U grade only.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Submit a written proposal outlining the purpose and scope of their special project. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate completion of the agreed upon requirement based on the approved proposal. [ACT]

  • OSH 220: Industrial Hygiene

    Credits: 3.0

    Basics of industrial hygiene programs and relationship to company safety plan. Addresses chemical absorption into the body, physical/ airborne hazards; sampling techniques; how to identify/apply hazard control techniques; and using Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). Prerequisite(s): Chemistry or Biology requirements completed.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Explain the key elements of an industrial hygiene program and its relationship to other aspects of a company's overall safety program. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Understand the basics of toxicology including the four major ways the human body is exposure to various substances that can cause harm. [REASON]
  • Identify different types of hazards (i.e., airborne, physical, etc.) and determine the appropriate monitoring and sampling techniques. [REASON]
  • Locate and utilize the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) in an emergency response. [ACT]

  • OSH 230: Ergonomics

    Credits: 3.0

    Overview of history and evolution of ergonomics in the workplace. Ergonomic risk factors, terminology, engineering solutions, applications of principles of body mechanics, and communication of basic concepts and solutions. Prerequisite(s): BIOL& 175.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the history and evolution of ergonomics including the new focus related to the aging workforce. [EXPLORE]
  • Understand and apply basic ergonomic terminology. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Explain the principles of body mechanics. [REASON]
  • Recognize and analyze ergonomic risk factors. [REASON]
  • Identify corrective solutions (including training, engineering and procedural modifications) to address ergonomic risks. [REASON]
  • Communicate basic ergonomic concepts and solutions to workforce and management through training and report writing. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate proper ergonomic practices including NIOSH lifting guidelines. [ACT]

  • OSH 240: Handling Hazardous Materials

    Credits: 4.0

    Overview of regulations on hazard recognition, protective equipment, biological/radiological toxicology, monitoring decontamination. OSHA 40-hour HOZWOPER card issued upon completion of an additional 8-hours hands-on session. Prerequisite(s): Placement into ENGL 100.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Explain the requirements of 29CFR1910.120. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Recognize and mitigate for a variety of hazards, particularly the handling of chemicals. [REASON]
  • Describe the purpose of personal protective equipment (PPE) and under which circumstances different PPE is used. [REASON]
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of chemical, biological and radiological toxicology and the associated medical surveillance requirements. [REASON]
  • Implement appropriate sampling and monitoring procedures. [ACT]
  • Execute emergency response procedures including appropriate decontamination procedures. [ACT]

  • OSH 255: Special Topics

    Credits: Maximum of 5.0 possible

    Classes, workshops or seminars of current interest in occupational safety and health.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Discuss a specific topic of current interest in occupational safety and health. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Relate the special topic to other course work and best practices in occupational safety and health. [REASON]
  • Apply the content of the course into professional practice. [ACT]

  • OSH 291: OSH Internship/Capstone

    Credits: Maximum of 12.0 possible

    Workplace experience to practice and demonstrate the skills relevant to performing the job(s) of a safety professional. Prerequisite(s): Student must have completed all OSH courses.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Meet the learning outcomes specified by the specific training and document that those objectives have been met. [REASON]

  • OSH 299: Special Projects in Occupational Safety and Health

    Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

    Advanced special projects in OSH arranged with instructor. Credit available with approval. S/U grade only. Prerequisite(s): Permission of department head and project approval of the dean.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Submit a written proposal outlining the purpose and scope of their special project. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate completion of the agreed upon requirement based on the approved proposal. [ACT]