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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/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, sudents will be able to:

  1. Identify the various fields of safety and risk management. (i.e., industrial hygiene, safety management, risk management, etc.). [REASON]
  2. 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]
  3. Understand basic terminology used in the field of occupational safety and health and apply it appropriately. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Demonstrate how to access applicable rules and regulations. [ACT]
  5. Analyze the history and evolution of occupational safety and health as it pertains to a variety of communities and stake holders. [EXPLORE]
  6. Evaluate the impact (financial and social) of occupational injuries and illnesses. [EXPLORE]
  7. Explore the process of worker's compensation and its effects on various stake holders. [REASON]
  8. 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.

Course Level Objectives

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

  1. Collect and evaluate data to identify safety and health trends. [REASON]
  2. Identify and address risks and hazards in a variety of occupational settings. [REASON]
  3. Create written policies and procedures to prevent and reduce risks and hazards. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Develop appropriate plans for hazard mitigation and business continuity. [COMMUNICATE]
  5. Produce site-specific programs, policies and procedures that incorporate the needs of a diverse workforce. [EXPLORE]
  6. 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.

Course Level Objectives

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

  1. Locate and utilize relevant laws and regulations related to occupational safety and health. [REASON]
  2. Describe the history and evolution of regulatory and political environments in the U.S. and Internationally. [EXPLORE]
  3. 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]
  4. Analyze and respond to the audit results of a regulatory inspection. [REASON]
  5. Explain the penalties and violation structure. [COMMUNICATE]
  6. 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, sudents will be able to:

  1. Explain the reasons and roles for managing risk in the workplace. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Identify and analyze various risk analysis methods. [REASON]
  3. Describe the process of handling risk, including the assumption of risk and transfer of risk. [REASON]
  4. Analyze the history and evolution of risk management and workers' compensation laws in the United States and internationally (Including ADA, FMLA, etc.). [EXPLORE]
  5. Manage a workers' compensation claim from opening to closing of a claim with empathy for all stakeholders involved. [ACT]
  6. 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, sudents will be able to:

  1. Discuss a specific topic of current interest in occupational safety and health. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. 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.

Course Level Objectives

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

  1. Analyze proper methods, protocol, and documentation for an incident investigation. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Conduct a complete investigation of a workplace incident. [REASON]
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the documentation and record-keeping system for reporting injuries and illnesses. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Describe the methods of review, action, and follow-up by the employee(s), the supervisor, the safety committee and management. [EXPLORE]
  5. 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, sudents will be able to:

  1. Identify the variety of different learning styles and the most effective training methods to reach each student. [EXPLORE]
  2. Demonstrate advantages/disadvantages of the different training medias and the associated costs. [REASON]
  3. Describe effective refresher training methods. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. 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 Nat'l Incident Management System (NIMS).Prerequisite(s): Placement into ENGL 100.

Course Level Objectives

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

  1. Describe the history and evolution of Terrorism (Historical Perspective) including specific hazardous threats: Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive/Energetic (CBRNE). [REASON]
  2. 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]
  3. Identify the potential for workplace violence, analyze its causes and impact, and suggest preventative procedures and safeguards. [EXPLORE]
  4. Explain site-specific vulnerability assessment processes. [ACT]
  5. Recognize how the National Incident Management System (NIMS) applies to industrial security and emergency response. [REASON]
  6. Develop and implement site specific Health and Safety Plans that include emergency response elements. [COMMUNICATE]

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, sudents will be able to:

  1. Explain the key elements of an industrial hygiene program and its relationship to other aspects of a company's overall safety program. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Understand the basics of toxicology including the four major ways the human body is exposure to various substances that can cause harm. [REASON]
  3. Identify different types of hazards (i.e. airborne, physical, etc.) and determine the appropriate monitoring and sampling techniques. [REASON]
  4. 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, sudents will be able to:

  1. Describe the history and evolution of ergonomics including the new focus related to the aging workforce. [EXPLORE]
  2. Understand and apply basic ergonomic terminology. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Explain the principles of body mechanics. [REASON]
  4. Recognize and analyze ergonomic risk factors. [REASON]
  5. Identify corrective solutions (including training, engineering and procedural modifications) to address ergonomic risks. [REASON]
  6. Communicate basic ergonomic concepts and solutions to workforce and management through training and report writing. [COMMUNICATE]
  7. 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.

Course Level Objectives

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

  1. Explain the requirements of 29CFR1910.120. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Recognize and mitigate for a variety of hazards, particularly the handling of chemicals. [REASON]
  3. Describe the purpose of personal protective equipment (PPE) and under which circumstances different PPE is used. [REASON]
  4. Demonstrate a basic understanding of chemical, biological and radiological toxicology and the associated medical surveillance requirements. [REASON]
  5. Implement appropriate sampling and monitoring procedures. [ACT]
  6. 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, sudents will be able to:

  1. Discuss a specific topic of current interest in occupational safety and health. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Relate the special topic to other course work and best practices in occupational safety and health. [REASON]
  3. 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. Registration is permitted first seven weeks as space is available.Prerequisite(s): Student must have completed all OSH courses.

Course Level Objectives

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