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Occupational Hygiene & Toxicology

10 Units

Develops a conceptual framework for toxicology and knowledge and skills relevant to the practice of occupational hygiene in hazard identification, risk assessment and control of the work environment. Topics include: toxicological terminology; toxico-kinetics and toxico-dynamics; toxicological testing methods; toxicity of specific groups of industrial chemicals; environmental and biological monitoring; setting and using hygiene standards; methods for monitoring environmental pollutants; strategies for the control of environmental pollutants; conducting and reporting on hygiene surveys. This course is offered in distance learning mode only.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Health Sciences

Not currently offered


By the end of the course students will be able to:

  1. discuss the role of the hygienist in the assessment and control of the work environment;
  2. explain key toxicological terms such as dose, effect, response, toxico-kinetics and toxico-dynamics;
  3. demonstrate an awareness of factors influencing toxicity;
  4. outline methods of testing for toxicity;
  5. outline the toxicity of specific groups of industrial chemicals;
  6. compare and contrast the roles of environmental and biological monitoring in workplace assessment;
  7. demonstrate an awareness of the factors involved in determining hygiene standards and describe the types and applicability of hygiene standards used in Australia;
  8. describe the principles of operation and methods of use of a range of instruments for monitoring environmental pollutants;
  9. outline strategies for the control of environmental pollutants.

Major topics include:

  1. Principles and scope of occupational hygiene;
  2. Key terms and concepts in toxicology;
  3. Toxico-kinetics, toxico-dynamics and toxicological interactions;
  4. Overview of toxciological testing methods;
  5. Toxicity of selected solvents, gases, metals and other particulates;
  6. Reproductive toxicology;
  7. Environmental and biological monitoring;
  8. Setting and using hygiene standards for air contaminants;
  9. Principles and practice of measuring airborne gases, vapours and particulates;
  10. Environmental control - principles of exhaust ventilation;
  11. Environmental control - personal protective equipment;
  12. Principles and practice of noise assessment and control;
  13. The occupational hygiene survey.
Replacing Course(s) n/a
Transition n/a
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge Students undertaking this course should have a reasonable grasp of human bioscience. Advice on how to obtain information on human bioscience is provided for the benefit of students from non-biological backgrounds.
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : IT Based
External Mode
Teaching Methods Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Assignment 2
  • Examination: Formal - End of semester examination
  • Quiz - On-line - Assignment 1
Contact Hours
  • Self Directed Learning: for 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2014 Course Timetables for OHSE6020

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