Environmental Health & Safety


  2. A. Course Title: Environmental Health & Safety
    B. Course Number: ENGT 213A - 30805
    C. Semester: Fall 2019
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Yarger, Fred
    G. Office: none
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: none
    J. Office Hours: Virtual Monday: 8:00:00 AM-8:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Tuesday: 8:00:00 AM-8:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Wednesday: 8:00:00 AM-8:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Thursday: 8:00:00 AM-8:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Friday: 8:00:00 AM-8:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Saturday: 8:00:00 AM-8:00:00 PM (MST);
    (770) 973-3369 (H) Between 8AM to 8PM (Mountain Time); Anytime in an emergency.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s):
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    3 Credit Hours This course provides a working knowledge of the Hazardous Materials Transportation Regulations. The emphasis of the course is on definition of hazard classes using the hazardous materials table, marking, labeling, placarding, and shipping papers. Material from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, OSHA, and the Environmental Protection Agency is integrated throughout the course.


    This course will meet the requirements of the Energy Technology Degree at New Mexico Junior College; however, it is important to check with the institution to which you are planning to transfer to determine transferability. All students are encouraged to keep the course syllabus, as it will help determine the transferability of this course credit to another institution.



    Environmental Science: Principles, Connections, and Solutions (latest edition) by G. Tyler Miller, Jr., and Scott Spoolman. The latest edition of this text is available through the NMJC Bookstore. Earlier editions (back to 12th Edition) are acceptable for the course & can be purchased online.


    Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)

    Parts 105 - 110 (provided by instructor);
    Parts 130 (provided by instructor); and
    Parts 171 - 177 (provided by instructor)


    These are also available on the internet. The recommended website: "" (cut and paste this link into your web browser). This provides the latest version of the text.

    Using LockDown Browser and a Webcam for Online Exams

    This course requires the use of LockDown Browser and a webcam for online exams. The webcam can be built into your computer or can be the type that plugs in with a USB cable. Watch this video ( to get a basic understanding of LockDown Browser and the webcam feature.

    You will be required to pay a one-time fee to use the webcam feature of Respondus Lockdown Browser. Once paid, you will be able to use the webcam for the remainder of the course. If you are on scholarship, this fee should be paid from your scholarship funds.

    You must download and install LockDown Browser from this link:

    Note: Don't download a copy of LockDown Browser from elsewhere on the Internet; those versions won't work at our institution.

    To take an online test, start LockDown Browser and navigate to the exam. (You won't be able to access the exam with a standard web browser.) For additional details on using LockDown Browser, review this Student Quick Start Guide (

    Finally, when taking an online exam, follow these guidelines:
    • Ensure you're in a location where you won't be interrupted
    • Turn off all mobile devices, phones, etc.
    • Clear your desk of all external materials — books, papers, other computers, or devices
    • Remain at your desk or workstation for the duration of the test
    • If a webcam is required, make sure it is plugged in or enabled before starting LockDown Browser
    • LockDown Browser will prevent you from accessing other websites or applications; you will be unable to exit the test until all questions are completed and submitted
    • If a webcam is required, you will be recorded during the test to ensure you're using only permitted resources


    Harbrace Essentials with Resources Writing in Disciplines 2nd Edition by Cheryl Glenn & Loretta Gray (ISBN-10: 1285451813). This resource has been adopted by New Mexico Junior College as the common reference book for students to use for writing assignments in their courses. This book is available at the NMJC bookstore.

    NOTE: Generally no books are available at the NMJC book store for the Energy Technology degree. If a text is required a link will be provided in the course syllabus. When DOE Handbooks or Modules are required they will be provided in the course.

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    This course is graded on a point system with the final grade based on a percentage of the total points of all exams/quizzes and written assignments.

    Grading is based on a weighted system as outlined below:

    8 Quizzes (720 points) [Weighted together as one grade] (20% of total grade)
    4 Group Discussions (25 points each) [Combined as one grade] (10% of total grade)
    2 Written Discussions (100 points each) [Weighted together as one grade] (25% of total grade)
    1 Written Report (100 points) (25% of total grade)
    1 Final Exam (150 points) (20% of total grade)
    Total: 1270 points

    Response Time Frames:
    The instructor will respond to student e-mail within 24 hours on week days and 48 hours on weekends.

    Grades for written assignments will generally be posted within a week of the due date if due mid-term or the day before final grades are submitted for end-of-term assignments.

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    Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page. Please enter your User Identification Number (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). When finished, click Login.

    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to identify the multiple impacts of human activity on the environment and approaches to sustaining biodiversity, resources, and environmental quality. The student should also be able to identify hazardous material (HAZMAT) classes; understand HAZMAT transportation regulations (49 CFR Parts 100 to 177) & the Hazardous Materials Table (HMT); and have a working knowledge of HAZMAT shipping papers, marking, labeling and placarding.


    1. Understand the multiple impacts of human activity on the environment and approaches to sustaining biodiversity, resources, and environmental quality. (DSLO2)
    2. Understand hazardous material (HAZMAT) classes; understand HAZMAT transportation regulations (49 CFR Parts 100 to 177) and the Hazardous Materials Table (HMT); and have working knowledge of HAZMAT shipping papers, marking, labeling, and placarding. (DSLO2)
    3. Demonstrate ability to communicate using industry terminology. (DSLO4)

  11. I. New Student Orientation Video Transcript

    II. Basic Computer Skills: How to use an email account, how to attach, upload, and download files. How to view, save, rename, and print files. Have basic word processing skills and are familiar with using different web browsers

    III. Canvas Technical Requirements

    IV. Technology Requirements for Students: A Desktop or Laptop that is no more than five years old, has at least Windows 7 or MAC OSX 10.6 with 1 GB of memory, 2.4 GHz Processor, has a webcam and a microphone. The Internet speed is between 5 to 10 Mbps per second.

    V. Technical and Academic Support

    Call the 24/7 Canvas Help Desk at (575) 399-2199 for assistance and have your course CRN (ex. 10023) and your Username available.

    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.


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    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
    If you experience difficulty with Canvas you may reach the Canvas Helpdesk at, or by calling the 24 hour helpdesk phone at (575) 399-2199.

    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.



    WEEK 1

    Course Information Module
    Module 0: Getting Started
    Syllabus Quiz

    MODULE 1: Humans and Sustainability: An Overview, Environmental Science, Chapter 1

    1. Environmental problems, their causes and sustainability

    1.1 What are some principals of sustainability?
    1.2 How are our ecological footprints affecting the Earth?
    1.3 Why do we have environmental problems?
    1.4 What is an environmentally sustainable society?

    Module 1 Quiz: Humans & Sustainability

    WEEK 2

    MODULE 2: Ecology and Sustainability Part A, Environmental Science, Chapters 2-5

    2. Science, matter, energy, and systems

    2.1 What do scientists do?
    2.2 What is matter and what happens when it undergoes change?
    2.3 What is energy and what happens when it undergoes change?
    2.4 What are systems and how do they respond to change?

    3. Ecosystems: what are they and how do they work?

    3.1 How does the Earth’s life-support system work?
    3.2 What are major components of an ecosystem?
    3.3 What happens to energy in an ecosystem?
    3.4 How do scientists study ecosystems?

    4. Evolution and biodiversity

    4.1 What is biodiversity and why is it important?
    4.2 What roles do species play in ecosystems?
    4.3 How does the Earth’s life change over time?
    4.4 What factors affect biodiversity?

    5. Species interactions, ecological succession, and population control

    5.1 How do species interact?
    5.2 How do communities and ecosystems respond to changing environmental conditions?
    5.3 What limits the growth of populations?

    WEEK 3

    MODULE 3: Ecology and Sustainability Part B, Environmental Science, Chapters 6-7

    6. The human population and urbanization

    6.1 How many people can the Earth support?
    6.2 What factors influence the size of the human population?
    6.3 How does a population’s age structure affect its growth and decline?
    6.4 What are some ways to slow human population growth?
    6.5 What are the major urban resource and environmental problems?
    6.6 How does transportation affect urban environmental impacts?
    How can cities become more sustainable and livable?

    7. Climate and biodiversity

    7.1 What factors influence climate?
    7.2 What are the world’s major terrestrial ecosystems and how are human activities affecting them?
    7.3 What are the major types of marine aquatic systems and how are human activities affecting them?
    7.4 What are the major types of freshwater systems and how are human activities affecting them?

    Group Discussion 1
    Modules 2 & 3 Quiz: Ecology & Sustainability

    WEEK 4

    MODULE 4: Sustaining Biodiversity, Environmental Science, Chapters 8-9

    8. Sustaining biodiversity: saving species and ecosystem services

    8.1 What role do humans play in the loss of species and ecosystem services?
    8.2 Why should we try to sustain wild species and the ecosystem services they provide?
    8.3 How do humans accelerate species extinction and degradation of ecosystem services?

    9. Sustaining biodiversity: saving ecosystems and ecosystems services

    9.1 What are the major threats to forest ecosystems?
    9.2 How should we manage and sustain forests?
    9.3 How should we manage and sustain grasslands?
    9.4 How should we manage and sustain parks and nature reserves?
    9.5 What is the ecosystem approach to sustaining terrestrial biodiversity and ecosystem services?
    9.6 How can we help to sustain aquatic biodiversity?

    Group Discussion 2
    Module 4 Quiz: Sustaining Biodiversity


    WEEK 5

    MODULE 5: Sustaining Resources and Environmental Quality Part A, Environmental Science, Chapters 10-13

    10. Food production and the environment

    10.1 What is food security and why is it difficult to attain?
    10.2 How is food produced?
    10.3 What environmental problems arise from industrialized food production?
    10.4 How can we protect crops from pests more sustainably?
    10.5 How can we improve food security?
    10.6 How can we produce food more sustainably?

    11. Water resources and water pollution

    11.1 Will we have enough usable water?
    11.2 How can we increase freshwater supplies?
    11.3 How can we use freshwater more sustainably?
    11.4 How can we deal with water pollution?

    12. Geology and nonrenewable mineral resources

    12.1 What are the Earth’s major geological processes and what are mineral resources?
    12.2 How long might supplies of nonrenewable mineral resources last?
    12.3 What are the environmental effects of using nonrenewable mineral resources?
    12.4 How can we use mineral resources more sustainably?
    12.5 What are the Earth’s major geological hazards?

    13. Energy

    13.1 What is net energy and why is it important?
    13.2 What are the advantages and disadvantages of using fossil fuels?
    13.3 What are the advantages and disadvantages of using nuclear power?
    13.4 Why is energy efficiency an important energy resource?
    13.5 What are the advantages and disadvantages of using renewable energy resources?
    13.6 How can we make the transition to a more sustainable energy future?

    Module 5 Quiz: Sustaining Resources & Environmental Quality Part A

    WEEK 6

    MODULE 6: Sustaining Resources and Environmental Quality Part B, Environmental Science, Chapters 14-16

    14. Environmental hazards and human health

    14.1 What major health hazards do we face?
    14.2 What types of biological hazards do we face?
    14.3 What types of chemical hazards do we face?
    14.4 How can we evaluate chemical hazards?
    14.5 How do we perceive risks and how can we avoid the worst of them?

    15. Air pollution, climate change, and ozone depletion

    15.1 What is the nature of the atmosphere?
    15.2 What are the major air pollution problems?
    15.3 How should we deal with air pollution?
    15.4 How might the Earth’s climate change in the future?
    15.5 What are some possible effects of a warmer atmosphere?
    15.6 What can we do to slow projected climate change?
    15.7 How have we depleted ozone in the stratosphere and what can we do about it?

    16. Solid and hazardous waste

    16.1 What are the problems related to solid and hazardous wastes?
    16.2 How should we deal with solid waste?
    16.3 Why are refusing, reducing, reusing, and recycling so important?
    16.4 What are the advantages and disadvantages of burning or burying solid waste?
    16.5 How should we deal with hazardous waste?
    16.6 How can we make the transition to a more sustainable low-waste economy?

    Group Discussion 3
    Module 6 Quiz: Sustaining Resources & Environmental Quality Part B

    WEEK 7

    MODULE 7: Oil Transport & HAZMAT Classes & Markings, 49 CFR Parts 130 & 172-177 HAZMAT MATERIALS REGULATIONS

    1. 49 CFR Part 130: Oil Spill Prevention and Response Plans

    This part prescribes prevention, containment and response planning requirements of the Department of Transportation applicable to transportation of oil by motor vehicles and rolling stock.

    2. 49 CFR Part 172: Hazardous Materials Table, Special Provisions, Hazardous Materials Communications, Emergency Response Information, Training Requirements, and Security Plans

    This part lists and classifies those materials which the Department has designated as hazardous materials for purposes of transportation and prescribes the requirements for shipping papers, package marking, labeling, and transport vehicle placarding applicable to the shipment and transportation of those hazardous materials.

    3. 49 CFR Part 173: Shippers – General Requirements for Shipments and Packagings
    (a) This part includes:
    (1) Definitions of hazardous materials for transportation purposes;
    (2) Requirements to be observed in preparing hazardous materials for shipment by air, highway, rail, or water, or any combination thereof; and
    (3) Inspection, testing, and retesting responsibilities for persons who retest, recondition, maintain, repair and rebuild containers used or intended for use in the transportation of hazardous materials.
    (b) A shipment of hazardous materials that is not prepared in accordance with this subchapter may not be offered for transportation by air, highway, rail, or water. It is the responsibility of each hazmat employer subject to the requirements of this subchapter to ensure that each hazmat employee is trained in accordance with the requirements prescribed in this subchapter. It is the duty of each person who offers hazardous materials for transportation to instruct each of his officers, agents, and employees having any responsibility for preparing hazardous materials for shipment as to applicable regulations in this subchapter.
    (c) In general, the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) contained in this subchapter are based on the UN Recommendations and are consistent with international regulations issued by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO Technical Instructions) and the International Maritime Organization (IMDG Code). However, the HMR are not consistent in all respects with the UN Recommendations, the ICAO Technical Instructions or the IMDG Code, and compliance with the HMR will not guarantee acceptance by regulatory bodies outside of the United States.

    4. 49 CFR Part 174: Carriage by Rail

    This part prescribes requirements in addition to those contained in parts 171, 172, 173, and 179 of this subchapter, to be observed with respect to the transportation of hazardous materials in or on rail cars.

    5. 49 CFR Part 175: Carriage by Aircraft

    (a) This part prescribes requirements that apply to the transportation of hazardous materials in commerce aboard (including attached to or suspended from) aircraft. The requirements in this part are in addition to other requirements contained in parts 171, 172, 173, 178, and 180 of this subchapter.

    (b) This part applies to the offering, acceptance, and transportation of hazardous materials in commerce by aircraft to, from, or within the United States, and to any aircraft of United States registry anywhere in air commerce. This subchapter applies to any person who performs, attempts to perform, or is required to perform any function subject to this subchapter, including
    (1) Air carriers, indirect air carriers, and freight forwarders and their flight and non-flight employees, agents, subsidiary and contract personnel (including cargo, passenger and baggage acceptance, handling, loading and unloading personnel); and
    (2) Air passengers that carry any hazardous material on their person or in their carry-on or checked baggage.
    (c) This part does not apply to aircraft of United States registry under lease to and operated by foreign nationals outside the United States if:
    (1) Hazardous materials forbidden aboard aircraft by §172.101 of this subchapter are not carried on the aircraft; and
    (2) Other hazardous materials are carried in accordance with the regulations of the State (nation) of the aircraft operator.
    (d) The requirements of this subchapter do not apply to transportation of hazardous material in support of dedicated air ambulance, firefighting, or search and rescue operations performed in compliance with the operator requirements under federal air regulations, title 14 of the CFR.

    6. 49 CFR Part 176: Carriage by Vessel

    This part prescribes requirements in addition to those contained in parts 171, 172, and 173 of this subchapter to be observed with respect to the transportation of hazardous materials by vessel.

    7. 49 CFR Part 177: Carriage by Public Highway

    (a) Purpose and scope. This part prescribes requirements, in addition to those contained in parts 171, 172, 173, 178 and 180 of this subchapter, that are applicable to the acceptance and transportation of hazardous materials by private, common, or contract carriers by motor vehicle.
    (b) Responsibility for compliance. Unless this subchapter specifically provides that another person shall perform a particular duty, each carrier, including a connecting carrier, shall perform the duties specified and comply with all applicable requirements in this part and shall ensure its hazmat employees receive training in relation thereto.
    (c) Responsibility for training. A carrier may not transport a hazardous material by motor vehicle unless each of its hazmat employees involved in that transportation is trained as required by this part and subpart H of part 172 of this subchapter.

    (d) No unnecessary delay in movement of shipments. All shipments of hazardous materials must be transported without unnecessary delay, from and including the time of commencement of the loading of the hazardous material until its final unloading at destination.

    Interactive Courseware
    Group Discussion 4
    Module 7 Quiz 1: HazMat Transport 49 CFR Part 130 Oil Transport
    Module 7 Quiz 2: HazMat Transport 49 CFR Parts 172-177