Proper management of hazardous materials is vital to minimizing potential health and/or environmental damage. Improve your understanding of the underlying health and environmental impacts of chemical hazards by reviewing the toxic effects of materials and the basic mechanism of action of classes of toxic agents. Examine:
- Basic chemical principles and definitions
- Important physical characteristics, such as physical states of chemicals, solubility, and vapor pressure and density
- Common hazardous properties, such as flammable and explosive agents
- Corrosive effects
Discuss the use of occupational and environmental thresholds and criteria. Case studies demonstrate how these principles apply to actual situations. Those with limited scientific training who plan to take more advanced health and safety or environmental health courses, such as Industrial Hygiene, will benefit. This course is an elective in the Workplace Health and Safety Certificate Program and a required course in the Environmental Management for Industry and Facilities Professional Concentration.