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Environmental Protection


This module adopts a holistic approach to the earth environment and man's impact upon that environment.  It is concerned with the safe use and handling of toxic and hazardous substances, considering the potential impact on users, the immediate vicinity and the environment as a whole.  The nature and evaluation of hazards, especially toxic hazards, will be discussed.  The behaviour of substances in the environment, their dispersal and ultimate environmental fate, will be exemplified.  Consideration will be given to safe handling of materials in the workplace.  Procedures for the treatment and/or disposal of waste materials – discharges to atmosphere, liquid effluent and solid waste – will be discussed.  The legislative and regulatory frameworks covering aspects of safety and environmental management will be developed as appropriate.  Case studies and laboratory programme are used to exemplify the theoretical aspects of this broad topic area.  This module allows students to use a variety of skills such as investigations, laboratory work, identification of appropriate legislation and data searches to deliver information both oral and written, to peers and members of staff.

This is an SCQF Level 8 module and upon successful completion, participants will be awarded 20 credits.



This module will run one day a week over 12 weeks, from 1pm to 4pm.


Course presenter

This module will be delivered by Jan Miller.


NOTE: This is a university module and upon approval of your application, you will be invited to register and then supported to complete enrolment. To enrol on the university system, the first step involves security set-up using the Microsoft Authenticator app; you will need to ensure that you have a compatible smartphone.

Further information is available at the Student Information Portal.

To access this module via the CPD route, individuals should be ordinarily resident in Scotland.  If you do not meet this criteria, please enquire here.

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