Environmental Health & Safety


  2. A. Course Title: Environmental Health & Safety
    B. Course Number: ENGT 213A - 30560
    C. Semester: Fall 2017
    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


    The Little, Brown Essential Handbook by Jane Aaron. 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.

    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

    The Little, Brown Essential Handbook by Jane Aaron. 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.

    Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal
    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.


    Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to identify the basic principles related to:
    1. Environmental problems
    2. Ecology & sustainability
    3. Biodiversity
    4. Sustaining biodiversity
    5. Sustaining resources
    6. Sustaining environmental quality
    7. HAZMAT Transportation Regulations (49 CFR Parts 100 to 177)
    8. Hazardous Materials Table (HMT):
    b)Hazardous materials descriptions and proper shipping names
    c)Hazard class or Division
    d)Identification Numbers
    f)Label Codes
    g)Special provisions
    h)Packaging (Exceptions, Non-bulk, Bulk)
    i)Quantity limitations (Passenger aircraft, rail, Cargo aircraft only)
    j)Vessel stowage


    Student Requirements
    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.

    Check first-time login page for instructions at

    Canvas Assistance

    You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    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 in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

    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 21, 2017. 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.


    Humans and Sustainability
    1. Environmental problems, their causes and sustainability

    Ecology and Sustainability
    2. Science, matter and energy
    3. Ecosystems: what are they and how do they work?
    4. Evolution and biodiversity
    5. Climate and biodiversity
    6. Community and population ecology
    7. Applying population ecology: human population and urbanization

    Sustaining Biodiversity
    8. Sustaining biodiversity: the ecosystem approach
    9. Sustaining biodiversity: the species approach

    Sustaining Resources and Environmental Quality
    10. Food, soil, and pest management
    11. Water and water pollution
    12. Geology and nonrenewable mineral resources
    13. Energy
    14. Environmental hazards and human health
    15. Air pollution, climate change, and ozone depletion
    16. Solid and hazardous waste

    49 CFR Parts 100-177 HAZMAT MATERIALS REGULATIONS (Available online)
    17. HAZMAT Transportation Regulations (49 CFR Parts 100 to 177)
    18. Hazardous Materials Table (HMT)
    19. Symbols
    20. Hazardous materials descriptions and proper shipping names
    21. Hazard class or Division
    22. Identification Numbers
    23. PG
    24. Label Codes
    25. Special provisions
    26. Packaging (Exceptions, Non-bulk, Bulk)
    27. Quantity limitations (Passenger aircraft, rail, Cargo aircraft only)
    28. Vessel stowage