Palomar College
1140 West Mission Road
San Marcos, CA 92069-1487
(619) 744-1150



Courses required for a Certificate or an A.A. Degree Major The environmental Hazardous Materials Technology (EHMT) program is designed to upgrade the skills of students already employed in the Environmental Hazardous Materials Technology/Management profession and/or to provide students with the entry-level skills to become employees in the profession. Students have the opportunity to earn either a Certificate or an Associate of Arts degree in Environmental Hazardous Materials Technology.

In order to earn a certificate, student must achieve a minimum grade of "C" in each of the Certificate program courses.

Introduction to Environmental Hazardous Materials Technology
EHMT 100 (3 units)
This course is designed to give the student a general overview of the environmental hazardous materials technology area. The history of pollution leading to current legislation, environmental effects of pollution, and an overview of the regulatory framework will be presented. Career opportunities in the areas of handling and management of hazardous substances will be discussed.

Safety and Emergency Response
EHMT 110 (4 units)
This course is designed to provide the students with "hands on" instruction in safety and emergency response to chemical and physical exposures in industrial and field settings. Topics include: hazard analysis, contingency planning, housekeeping and safe ty practices including proper use and selection of PPE, site control and evaluation, handling drums and containers, field sampling and monitoring, proper use of instruments, incident response planning, emergency response including field exercises in the use of PAPR and SCBA, and an understanding of the ICS system. This course satisfies the requirements for generalized employee training under OSHA (1910.120).

Hazardous Materials Management Applications
EHMT 115 (1 unit)
This is a study of the requirements and applications of federal, state and local laws and regulations related to hazardous materials. The course will emphasize compliance with Department of Transportation, OSHA Hazard Communication, SARA Title III Community Right-To-Know, Underground Tank, Asbestos, Proposition 65, and Air Toxics regulations. The lecture portion of the course will provide the student with an understanding of the legal framework of hazardous materials laws; the laboratory portion will focus on applications of these laws; such as proper labeling, shipping and handling of hazardous materials, obtaining and interpreting MSDS's, permitting and monitoring functions, as well as planning and reporting functions.

Hazardous Waste Generation/Reduction/Treatment
EHMT 120 (3 units)
This is the study of industrial processing and generation of waste streams in seven selected industries: electroplating, metal finishing and printed circuit board production, oil refining and chemical production, steel production, general manufacturing, printing and graphic reproduction, agriculture and consumer services. The course will center on various raw materials and chemical used in industry, examining the changes that occur as they move through the industrial process, and understanding the material balance concept of inventory. Throughout the course, discussion of applicable regulations will be included, and the importance of waste minimization concepts will be stressed.

Health Effects of Environmental Hazardous Materials
EHMT 130 (3 units)
This course covers the acute and chronic health effects produced by exposure to chemical, physical, and biological agents. Emphasis will be on those hazardous materials commonly associated with industrial operations, and waste disposal and remediation sites. Topics will include routes of entry, toxic effects, risk evaluation, permissible exposure limits, medical surveillance, control methods for the reducing exposure, and understanding an MSDS.\par

Hazardous Waste Management Applications
EHMT 140 (4 units)
This course provides an overview of hazardous waste regulation with emphasis in generator compliance, site investigation and remediation, permitting, enforcement, and liability. The lecture portion of the course explains the hazardous waste regulatory framework, introduces the student to the wide variety and types of environmental resources available, and develops research skills in the hazardous waste area. The laboratory portion of the course complements the lectures with by providing "hands on" application of the regulations at the technician level. Proper methods of preparing a hazardous waste manifest, labeling of storage containers, sampling and analysis, preparing a Phase I Environmental Audit, and selecting environmental consultants are among the many skills developed in the laboratory.

Fire Technology (FT)

Hazardous Materials I
FT 115 (3 units)

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