Environmental Health & Safety (EHS)

EHS100 Introduction to Environmental Health and Safety

Credits 2Fall

Registration Requirement: RD090, WR090 and MTH020, each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels.

EHS100 is an introductory course designed to acquaint students with different aspects of the environmental, sustainability, health and safety fields. This course specifically addresses the issues which have direct impact on our lives, such as air, soil and water pollution, underground storage tanks and their problems, household hazardous materials, sustainability, recycling, etc. An overview of job opportunities in these fields is also discussed.

Additional Course Fee: $35.00

EHS101 Environmental Health and Safety Regulations I

Credits 3Fall

Registration Requirement: RD090, WR090 and MTH020, each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels.

This course is an overview of the basic topics necessary for understanding federal and state regulations. Topics include formation of regulations, overview of some of the major regulations from Environmental Protection Agency (EPA, 40 CFR), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA, 29 CFR), and Department of Transportation (DOT, 49 CFR). This course also discusses DOT Emergency Response Guide Book, National Institute of Safety and Health (NIOSH) Guide to Chemical Hazards, Materials Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) and ISO 14000.

Additional Course Fee: $35.00

EHS143 Environmental Science Lab I: EPA Methodology Lab and Sampling

Credits 3Winter

Registration Requirement: CH104 or equivalent; or instructor consent.

This course covers analytical and sampling methods that have been evaluated and approved for use in complying with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and they are approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for obtaining data to satisfy the requirements of 40 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations), Part 122 through 270. These methods function primarily as a guidance document setting forth acceptable, although not required, methods for the regulated and regulatory communities to use in responding to RCRA-related sampling and analysis requirements. Procedures for handling samples to ensure proper preservation and compliance with the QA/QC programs are presented in detail.

Additional Course Fee: $20.00

EHS171 Environmental Science I: Chemistry of Hazardous Materials

Credits 3Spring

Registration Requirement: CH105 or consent of instructor.

EHS171 introduces students to the basic concepts of chemistry and physics which are essential for the characterization of the chemical hazards, such as: carcinogens, corrosives, explosives, flammables, oxidizers and radioactive materials. Students also become familiar with the chemistry of some elements, principles of chemical reactions and the reference books such as Merck Index and CRC Handbook.

EHS201 Environmental Health and Safety Regulations II

Credits 3Winter

Registration Requirement: RD090, WR090 and MTH020, each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels.

EHS201 summarizes the regulatory and legal requirements associated with the Federal Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA), Comprehensive Environment Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), Clean Air Act (CAA), Clean Water Act (CWA), National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), Toxic Release Information (TRI) and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). This course underscores the critical impact of accurate and complete records upon the overall success of environmental and hazardous waste management programs. The basic elements of compliance auditing and examples of commonly required regulatory reports, forms and record keeping are introduced. Oregon's requirements will be the model presented in class whenever possible.

Additional Course Fee: $35.00

EHS221 Environmental Safety I: Emergency Response Planning

Credits 4Fall

Registration Requirement: SHS171 and ESR281; or instructor consent.

This course is designed to introduce techniques of planning, organizing and administering practical hazardous materials emergency response management programs, with emphasis on planning and incident command. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations (29 CFR 1919.120) and other related federal rules are studied in detail. Topics covered include identifying and analyzing the problem. Included will be demonstration and practice with personal protective equipment and procedures.

Additional Course Fee: $35.00

EHS222 Environmental Safety II: Environmental Auditing

Credits 4Winter

Registration Requirement: SHS221/EHS221 or ET222; or instructor consent.

EHS222 addresses the legal, regulatory and best management practices associated with building and managing a fully integrated environmental audit program. The course relies on, and enhances the student's existing environmental knowledge in Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Clean Air Act (CAA), and Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation Liability Act (CERCLA) as a basis for this course. How the regulations impact an audit program, either independently or collectively, are discussed throughout the course. The basic elements of compliance auditing and examples of commonly required regulatory reports, forms and record keeping based on the American Society for Testing and Materials-1527 (ASTM-1527) are introduced. Oregon's requirements are the model presented in class whenever possible.

Additional Course Fee: $35.00

EHS225 Human and Environmental Toxicology

Credits 3Fall

Registration Requirement: BI102 and CH105; or instructor consent.

This course is designed to provide basic principles and concepts of toxicology and apply that knowledge to understand the effects of toxic substances on human and ecological systems. Topics include dose-response relationships, exposure and risk assessments, exposure routes, acute and chronic effects of hazardous chemicals, assessing target organs and systems, examining chemical longevity in the body and the environment, addressing metabolic activities of chemicals as it pertains to bio-accumulation and chemical transformations within the human body. This course also focuses on the chemical burden these hazardous chemicals pose to the body.

EHS230 Sustainable Business Practice

Credits 3Fall

Registration Requirement: SHS101/EHS101 and CH170; or instructor consent.

This course begins with a general review of the current state of most business practices. Students are introduced to the concept of business sustainability using the Natural Step as a framework for evaluations. Basics of environmental management systems are discussed and applied to a theoretical application. Class discussions provide real world applications. Operational costs, worker health and safety, liability, public relations benefits and alternative concepts to the gross national product are covered.

EHS243 Environmental Science Lab II: Introduction to Instrumental Analysis

Credits 4Spring

Registration Requirement: SHS143/EHS143 or consent of instructor.

EHS243 is a basic approach to study the theory and application of instrumental methods of chemical analysis and its aim is to develop competence in areas of chemical analysis with modern instrumentation. Also covered are sampling, measuring and analytical testing. Procedures for handling samples to ensure proper preservation and compliance with the Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) programs are presented.

Additional Course Fee: $20.00

Course fees are subject to change. Additional section fees (web, hybrid, etc.) may apply.