The Environmental Science program is designed to provide and to enrich the student’s basic skills, knowledge and abilities in the fields of environmental compliance and technology, and to enable the students to gain entry-level employment in the field. This program focuses on federal regulations for environmental protection, worker health and safety, homeland defense, and the transportation of hazardous materials. Credit can be obtained through completion of the required degree courses and/or evaluation of government/military/industry training. This program will instruct students in the analysis, handling, storage, transportation, and dispensing of hazardous materials in accordance with appropriate federal, state, and local laws and regulations governing proper chemical management. The program will cover industry standards such as those included in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29CFR1910.120 Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Standard, the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations. Graduates of this program should be able to research applicable local, state, and federal regulations and implement methods and strategies to ensure compliance; to maintain records as required by OSHA, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the DOT; to develop and implement hazardous materials handling procedures; to plan for emergency response to hazardous material incidents; and to protect employees/workers/communities from hazardous material exposures.Environmental Science (OSHA)
There are two options within this program:
- Environmental Science (OSHA) A.S. Degree (2166)
- Assessment and Safety Compliance Specialist Technical Certificate (6020)
- Hazardous Materials Specialist Technical Certificate (6021)
Students can customize the A.S. degree program by choosing electives that coincide with a concentration in a specialty field.
Assessment and Safety Compliance Specialist
The Assessment and Safety Compliance Specialist Technical Certificate will supply well-trained workers with broad perspective on the environment and safety. There is a need for this training because businesses or companies must be in compliance with federal regulations such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Guide, the Clean Air Act, and the Clean Water Act. Employers are required to protect and to preserve the well-being and health of their employees. Although this may be a primary duty or a collateral duty for personnel, every company must assign these responsibilities to someone. The curriculum for the Assessment and Safety Compliance Specialist Technical Certificate will prepare those responsible for safety and health in the workplace to manage hazardous waste, to respond in the event of an hazardous incident, and to properly collect, analyze and interpret the results of quality air, aqueous, and solid environmental samples in a safe and efficient manner.
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Total Credit Hours: 13