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Module 5, Closes Monday, October 14
Personal protective equipment, Chapter 6; Safety, Chapter 7; Paper Outline due.
This module discusses the chief safety hazard associated with hazardous material operations: fire, and two safety measures: process safety analysis and ventilation. Personal Protective Equipment, PPE, including chemical protective clothing and respirators are often utilized to protect both health and safety.
There are 25 points for this module's homework. a.) 10 points for the auto-quiz you access through Blackboard, b.)5 points for the assignment relating to PPE, c.) 5 points for the discussion, d.) 3 points for the outline of your paper, and e.) 2 points for the message to the instructor.
a.) Access the quiz through Blackboard. A copy of the quiz is found here. Several questions on the quiz require you to look some things up that are not in the learning submodules directly.
b.) For the assignment relating to PPE, here is the situation. You have just returned from being resident expert on the oil spill. Your clothing, instruments, and other gear are all gunked up with oil, paraffin, and dirt. Your boss tells you to get it cleaned up. Your buddy, Clyde, recommends that you clean the gear with mineral spirits, CAS 8052-41-3. Your boss tells you there are 25 gallons of spirits (five five-gallon cans) in the garage. Also, because it has turned bitterly cold, you will need to keep the garage door shut. Go to the NIOSH "Pocket Guide" for some information. Also, see an MSDS sheet or two. Talk about what kinds of things you need to do in order to work safely, make use of what you have learned in this module. What if the concentration of solvent in the air will stay less than 200 ppm? Suppose it is over 3000 ppm. Go to the North or other vendor's site and describe the equipment you will need. (Assume you are competent to make the decisions. But mention people you might ask for advice.) You'll combine this file with the message to the instructor, see d.) and e.) below. Be sure to label the homework file as we have discussed.
c.) For the discussion, here is the situation: See http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/low/world/americas/1582852.stm. You Fairbanks oldtimeres are aware of the pipeline shooting, new folks may not be. Look at the picture. Remember this is crude oil. I can't think of a much better way to volatilize the lighter hydrocarbons than to atomize the oil by the horizontal geyser. Note the oil is probably 35° C to start with. So look at the picture. "What's wrong with this picture?" Assume the wind is not blowing. Suppose your boss sends you to this site to help out on sealing the hole. What would you ask of your boss before you leave? What does she need to give you?
d.) For your paper "outline," I don't need a detailed paragraph by paragraph outline. What I do need is a one or two paragraph description of your paper including references you might use. Many of us have old reports and such laying around our offices. Just making a synopsis of a report would not make a good paper. A good paper can come from a technical report by others, but you would need to critically review the report using the material from this course and several outside references.
e.) Message to the Instructor. Mention one thing you found interesting or something you did not know before, and one thing you found foggy or incomplete. Extra credit for pointing out typo's or glitches in the material to the instructor.
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