Distance Learning
GEHS 6620

GEHS 6620 - Physical Agents and Ergonomic Hazards in the Workplace, 3 credits

Problems associated with occupational exposures to physical agents are discussed. Health effects, evaluation and control of exposure to ultraviolet, infra-red, laser, microwave irradiation, noise, heat, and abnormal pressures are covered in detail. (IH)

Course Learning Objectives

The student will be able to:

  1. Describe and define the physics, natural attributes, and characteristics of heat transfer, noise, non-ionizing radiation, mechanical vibration, and abnormal pressures.
  2. Recognize and describe the health effects of exposure to the physical agents and cumulative trauma. Describe the anatomic and physiologic basis for the effects and identify the affected target organs.
  3. Identify appropriate physical parameters to be measured for assessing exposure to the physical agents. Choose and utilize appropriate instrumentation and calculation algorithms for the associated measurements.
  4. Identify, understand, and apply standards of acceptable exposure to physical agents.
  5. Design, select, and evaluate appropriate administrative, engineering, personal protective equipment, and other control measures to reduce exposure to the physical agents to acceptable levels.

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