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
Availability Semester 1 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)

Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004

Learning Outcomes

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.
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.
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
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for OHSE60201

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