Module Title:Environmental Management and Industrial Management Systems
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 1 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Section A of this module will be taught in lectures of one hour duration two times per week for 30 weeks (60hrs). Section B will be taught in lectures of one hour duration, once per week for 30 weeks (30hrs). Classes may take the form of formal lectures or tutorial-type sessions. A range of teaching techniques will be used as appropriate, including discussion of case studies, worksheets, PowerPoint and other presentations. Students will be encouraged to learn through questioning and group discussions. Enquiry driven learning will be encouraged through having additional resources (reports/information/videos) on Blackboard.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to give the student an overview of legislation and management aspects of environment-related activities. To give the student an introduction to the main safety issues in the workplace.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Evaluate and discuss current issues in the natural environment in Ireland and globally.
LO2 Discuss the process of impact assessment for specified developments.
LO3 Identify the necessary elements of an industrial or waste licence to ensure compliance.
LO4 Interpret technical reports and guidance documents.
LO5 Integrate environmental aspects of an industrial activity into an overall management system.
LO6 Discuss the main provisions of the Health, Safety and Welfare Act, 2005.
LO7 Apply the risk assessment process.
LO8 Explain the procedures and relevance of accident investigation and reporting.
LO9 Communicate in an effective and professional manner both in written and oral format
Pre-requisite learning
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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
The Natural Environment
Ecosystems. Ecosystem functions, Natural capital, Depleting natural resources, Earth equivalence, Environmental degradation, Sustainable development, Circular Economy.
Water Quality
Surface waters/Groundwater/aquifers, Water Framework Directive. Drinking water (Public, group, private supplies), legislation. Industrial and urban waste water: types, treatment, discharge licences and legislation, river and lake assimulative capacity, Responsibilities of EPA, local authorities.
Classes of pollution, Chemical (organic - PAHs/PCBs/Dioxins/VOCs/Biocides/Pharmaceuticals, inorganic - nutrients (N-P)/heavy metals), biological (bacteria/viruses/protozoa), physical (light/thermal) Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit 1992. Global warming.
Environmental Liability Directive
Provisions, 'Polluter Pays' principle, Precautionary principle. The Pollution Linkage concept.
Industrial Emissions Directive
Provisions, IPPC licences, IPPC application process/information, Best Available Technique (BAT), BREF documents, Emission Limit Values (ELV). IPPC cases studies (Food and Pharmaceutical industry).
Environmental Impact Assessment
Methodology of EIA/EIS. Regulations. Case studies on major projects. Sustainable development. Public consultation.
Fossils fuels, environmental impacts (extraction-processing), effects of combustion - atmosphere, GHG-particulate matter, carbon footprint, renewable energy (environmental impacts of solar, hydroelectric, wind, biofuel), Kyoto. Paris 2015. Energy audits.
Waste Management
Waste production statistics, the Waste management heirachy (prevent, reduce, reuse, recycle), Environmental impacts of landfill (odous/leachate/pests/visual), Landfill Directive, Environmental impacts of incineration (technology/dioxins/GHG) Reporting, compliance, Biogradable waste treatment, composting, anaerobic digestion. Other waste legislation (WEE, VoU.).
Environmental Management Systems in Industry
EMS: Componients and implimentation. Environmental quality standards (ISO 14001:2015, Environmental management and audit scheme (EMAS). Legal and other requirements. Evaluation of compliance. Auditing. Eco-labelling.
Health and Safety Legislation:
Common law and statute law, criminal law and civil law, European law. Health, Safety and Welfare Act, 2005; scope of the Act, duties of employers, employees and providers, the Safety statement, hazard identification and risk assessment
Hazardous Chemicals
Toxicity, routes of exposure, Classification of Hazardous Chemicals, Chemical Regulations, Material Safety Data Sheets.
Biological Hazards:
Classification of biological hazards, occupational diseases (zoonosis).
Health Hazards
Noise Induced Hearing Loss, Musculoskeletal Diseases, Asthma, Dermatitis, Stress and Bullying in the workplace
Hazard Management
Occupational Exposure Levels; TWA, STEL, TLV, OES Engineering and other controls of airborne contaminants. Use and limitations of Personal Protection Equipment. Health Surveillance.
Display Screen Equipment
Ergonomics, VDU regulations, health effects, adapting the workstation to minimise adverse effects.
Distribution and cause of accidents in different workplaces, accident investigation, accident reporting.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other A mixture of end of term exams, group presentations and submitted reports/assays. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 30.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam No Description 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 70.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Total Hours 150.00

Module Delivered In

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