CH400 Special Topics in Chemistry:

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CH 400 Special Topics in Chemistry:


FA 2011 HO


Yates, David


Assistant Prefessor of Chemistry; Lab Coordinator; CHO


M.S., Certified Safety Professional, Certified OSHA  Outreach Trainer
NRCC-CHO, Certified HAZWOPER Trainer

Office Location

Science Hall 003B

Office Hours

M,W,F; 8:30 - 10:30 AM; T,R, 2:00 - 4:00 PM: I also maintain an OPEN OFFICE POLICY.  If my office is open I am available to students.

Daytime Phone


Other Phone



Semester Dates

August 15, 2011 through December 11,2011

Class Days


Class Time

12:00 - 1:15 PM

Credit Hours


Additional Resources:

Students will receive PowerPoints covering the topics which they will organize into a 3.5 or 4 inch binder.  Other materials are available online or provided for student use during the course.

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Course Description:
CH400 Special Topics in Chemistry: A seminar devoted to selected topics in modern chemistry of interest to students requiring more depth in the field. The course may involve laboratory work. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Variable credits: 1-4 hours.

This course addresses environmental, health and safety issues in the workplace. Topics include OSHA regulations and standards such as Hazard Communication, Personal Protective Equipment, Electrical Safety, EPA Standards such as Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act regulations, soil contamination and pollution prevention plans, DOT Dangerous Goods Regulations, Radiation and other safety standards.

Educational Philosophy:

The instructor’s educational philosophy is based on inquiry and constructivism utilizing lecture demonstrations, discussions, readings, quizzes, examinations, videos, internet, an in depth Hazard Analysis Paper and a safety poster dealing with some aspect covered by the course to be designed in PowerPoint and presented for faculty evaluation.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Discuss and examine a topic that is not normally offered as a formal class in chemistry.
  2. Demonstrate a degree of competency via readings, discussions, and/or experimentation in the area of chemistry in which the course is offered.
  3. Research the appropriate journals to write professionally in the area.
  4. Master the instrumentation and laboratory skills required for the subject level.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Discuss the OSHA Standards applicable to General Industry such as the General Duty Clause¬ł Hazard Communication, Lab Standard, Bloodborne Pathogens, Emergency Action, Hazardous Substances Standards, Artist Safety, etc.
  2. Articulate and explain EPA Regulations such as Resource Conservation and Recovery Act(RCRA), CERCLA, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, HAZWOPER, etc.
  3. Delineate the Department of Transportation Regulations relating to shipping and receiving of dangerous goods, and the application of the Emergency Response Guidebook
  4. Discuss the National Incident Management System and the Incident command System and apply them to a simulated emergency exercise.
Core Assessment:
Papers, homework, reports, presentations, proficiency of lab work

Class Assessment:

Design a safety poster relating a course topic chosen by the student and approved by the instructor.

Write a detailed hazard assessment.

There will be a 50 point test every two weeks as well as a course final


seven 50 point tests- 350 points
final exam - 200 points
Hazard Analysis Paper - 150 points
Safety poster - 150 points

Grading scale 90% and above A    85% and above qualifies for Training Certificate
                      80- 89.9%        B
                      70- 79.9%        C
                      60- 69.9%        D
Below            60%                  F


Late Submission of Course Materials:

The instructor will not accept assignments late.  Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a grade of “zero”.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students are expected to be attentive and respectful at all times.  Cell phones should either be turned off or on silent or vibrate when class is in session. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

The Hazard Analysis Paper is due November 14, '11
The Safety Poster is due November 30, '11
Final is December 5,'11 from 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Environmental Health and Safety Course Outline


            Intro to OSHA

            Industrial Hygiene

            Hazard Communication

            Walking and Working Surfaces

            Exit Routes, Emergency Action Plans, Fire Prevention and Protection

            Electrical Safety

            Personal Protective Equipment

            Materials Handling

Ergonomics and Back Safety

Bloodborne Pathogens

            Confined Spaces

            Lockout Tagout

            Machine Guarding

            Powered Industrial Vehicles

            Safety and Health Programs

            Hand and Powered Tools

            Welding Safety and Gas Cylinder Safety

            Lab Standard

            Noise Standard

            Suspicious Package



            Clean Air Act







            Dangerous Goods Shipping and Receiving, ICS/NIMS


            Radiation Safety


            Art Safety


Substance Standards   








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Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

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