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;


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 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 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 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.


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

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

    EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: Register on or before DECEMBER 22, 2023 and get 10% off your first semester tuition.

    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:

    • Associate Degree in Occupational Safety and Health from COSTAATT
    • Associate Degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Cipriani College
    • NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety
    • Associate Degree in a Science or Engineering discipline & SBCS GLI Fundamentals to Health Safety and the Environment

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