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Peter W Johnson
ENV H 490
Seattle Campus

Selected Topics in Environmental Health

In-depth study of a current environmental health topic. Offered: Sp.

Class description

This is an introductory course covering measurement, evaluation control and prevention of physical hazards in the workplace. Hazards addressed include noise, vibration, physical exposures, thermal stress, ionizing and non-ionizing radiation. The course is intended mainly for upper division undergraduate and graduate students in Environmental Health, Safety Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, and Exposure Sciences, including Occupational Hygiene. For each topic area, we will address basic physical concepts, health risks, measurement techniques, interpretation of guidelines and standards, and control techniques.

Student learning goals

1) Define characteristics of multiple physical agent exposures using appropriate terminology and units.

2) Calculate exposures to physical agents over time and energy levels (e.g., sound and electromagnetic frequency, particle energies).

3) Determine if exposures exceed current guidelines for acceptable exposure.

4) Explain how physical agents interact with human tissues or organs to produce changes associated with health outcomes.

5) Evaluate worker and community exposures to physical agents using common measurement tools and techniques.

6) Determine appropriateness of various personal protective devices for physical agents.

General method of instruction

Course lectures followed by interactive hands on laboratories and/or problem sets.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

All students will be expected to complete assigned readings and come to class prepared to engage in class discussion on assigned topics. There will be a total of 4 problem sets including the write-up of laboratories addressing measurement and control of physical hazards. Laboratories will be conducted as group exercises and written up individually. There will be one mid-term and one final, non-cumulative examination. Graduate students (registered for 590) will be expected to perform on these assignments at a level expected for graduate study, and will have an additional term paper assignment, due at the end of the quarter.

Assignment Grade % 490 Grade % 590 Four problem sets/Labs 40% 40% Exam 1 20% 15% Exam 2 25% 15% Term Paper - 20% Class participation 10% 10%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Peter W Johnson
Date: 03/20/2014