Course Brief

The course aims to examine the relationship between work activities and their effect on the environment; identify the main sources of  man-made pollutants and examine their typical patterns of emission and distribution; consider the technical and scientific control measures available to mitigate the impact of industrial emissions and discharges into the environment.

  • This course is offered in 36 hours

At the end of the course, the student will:

  • Understand how work activities may present a risk to the environment;
  • Be able to identify the nature, characteristics, sources and effects of waste, wastewater and emissions into the atmosphere;
  • Understand the consequences of uncontrolled release of harmful or hazardous substances into the environment;
  • Be familiar with technical and scientific methods for treating, controlling or safely disposing of substances which could pose a threat to the environment should they be released as a result of work activities;

Content:

Identification of work activities that may give rise to harmful or unwanted emissions into the atmosphere, discharges into water or deposit on land, fugitive emissions; “planned” emissions; emissions as a result of other control measures, e.g., local exhaust ventilation.
Effects of released substances and materials, general pollution of land, air and water; potential health effects of pollutants; effects on other organisms including plants.  Accidental releases: fire and explosion potential; dense gases.

Air:

Air pollution terminology, sources of emissions – combustion and non-combustion.

Dispersal: meteorology; effects of topographical features, natural and man-made; plume shape and dispersal; elementary mathematical modeling; chimney design and calculation of chimney heights for industrial and commercial plant and furnaces.

Nature and characteristics of emissions- particulate and gaseous control technologies

Wastewater:

Wastewater quality and characteristics – BOD, COD, TOC, suspended solids.
Discharges of wastewater into watercourses and other bodies of water.
Treatment of industrial wastewaters – flotation, equalization, neutralization, aeration, biological treatments, physico-chemical treatments.
Sludge treatment and disposal.

Waste:

Waste categorization – household, commercial, industrial, clinical, agricultural.  Sources, physical forms and characteristics of waste.  Public health and safety aspects of waste.  Waste at point of production – scope for recycling and recovery, waste minimization, storage and on-site treatment and disposal.

Waste treatment – pulverization, salvage, baling, composting; physico-chemical treatments of intractable wastes; waste transfer stations.

Landfill – choice of site, environmental impact, suitability for use, restoration and after-care arrangements.  Methods of waste deposition – co-disposal, mono-disposal, lagooning; controlling leachate and landfill gas, site management.

Incineration with and without energy recovery – principles, technology and environmental protection.

Waste minimisation, re-use and recycling strategies and techniques.  Cost-benefit analysis of waste minimisation.

Composting and other novel waste treatment methods.

Noise:

Sources and characteristics of environmental noise, effect of environmental noise on communities, measuring environmental noise, behaviour of environmental noise, appropriate control measures.

Methods of Assessment Weighting % Pass Mark Word Length Details
Assignment 1

Assignment 2

50%

50%

40

40

1500

2000

Report

Report

 

 

 

  • BSc. (Hons) Occupational Safety, Health and Environment (Top-Up)

    The BSc (Hons) Occupational Health, Safety and Environment extended final year top-up degree, awarded by the University of Greenwich, is structured to provide a viable option to graduates of the Higher National Diploma (HND) in Construction and the Built Environment (BSE-HVAC) programme offered at SBCS.  

    Graduates with a similar level qualification may also be eligible for the extended final year top-up. See our Entry Requirements tab below for more information.

    At SBCS we focus on -

    • Producing graduates who are capable of thinking critically, creatively and ethically.
    • Graduates who are team players with the ability to communicate persuasively.

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    • Extended Final Year (Top-up)
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    CSEC or CXC graduates, can follow our pathway to the BSc (Hons) Occupational Safety Health and the Environment  Click below for details.