182.637.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 2nd Term | 4 Credit(s)
WF 1:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Patrick Breysse
    Mary Doyle
  • Course Learning Objectives

    Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

    • Describe the components of an acceptable hearing conservation program
    • Define the mechanisms by which noise induces hearing loss
    • Calculate noise exposure metrics and compare them to acceptable exposure criteria
    • Operate a sound level meters noise dosimeters
    • Define hazard classification system for laser safety programs
    • Assess the acceptability of exposures to radiofrequency non-ionizing radiation
    • Describe basic radiation health concepts and methods for detecting ionizing radiation
    • Assess occupational heat stress risk
  • Course Description
    Discusses noise-related topics, such as physics of noise propagation and control, noise measurement, hearing physiology, and noise-induced hearing loss, and covers non-ionizing radiation lasers, heat and cold stress, and vibration.
  • Methods of Assessment
    Student evaluation based on exams and quizzes.
  • Prerequisites
    College chemistry and physics, or consent of instructor.
  • Required Text(s)

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Course texts:

     Noise and Hearing Conservation Manual:  (Fifth Edition) Berger et al. Editors. American Industrial Hygiene Association, Akron, OH (1988).

     American Industrial Hygiene Association Nonionizing Radiation Guide Series: Radiofrequency Microwave Radiation: RT Hitchcock. AIHA Press (1994).

     American Industrial Hygiene Association Nonionizing Radiation Guide Series: Lasers: RT Hitchcock and RJ Rockwell Jr. AIHA Press (1999)

  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

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