Occupational Hygiene and 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; and conducting and reporting on hygiene surveys.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Health Sciences
Availability Semester 1 - 2017 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this 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
  • In Term Test: Essay/Written Assignment (Online Test)
  • Written Assignment: Essay/Written Assignment
  • Formal Examination: Exam

Contact Hours

WebLearn GradSchool

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self directed learning - Students are required to to spend on average 120 - 140 hours of effort or total load (contact and non contact including assessments) per 10 unit course over the semester.

Course Materials
  • Principles of Occupational Health & Hygiene: An Introduction
Timetable 2017 Course Timetables for OHSE6020
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