Hygiene & Toxicology I

Course code OHSE2640Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

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

Available in 2015

UoN SingaporeTrimester 3
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesBy 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.
ContentMajor topics include:
- Principles and scope of occupational and environmental hygiene;
- Key terms and concepts in toxicology;
- Toxico-kinetics, toxico-dynamics and toxicological interactions;
- Overview of toxicological testing methods;
- Toxicity of selected solvents, gases, metals and other particulates;
- Reproductive toxicology;
- Environmental and biological monitoring;
- Setting and using hygiene standards for air contaminants;
- Principles and practice of measuring airborne gases, vapours and particulates;
- Environmental control - principles of exhaust ventilation;
- Environmental control - personal protective equipment;
- Principles and practice of noise assessment and control;
- The occupational hygiene survey.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNA
Modes of DeliveryExternal Mode
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Email Discussion Group
Integrated Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssessment 1 - Selected from objectives 1 - 8
Essays / Written AssignmentsWritten group assignment - (max. 2,000 words) with class presentation - Meets objectives 2,3,5,8 & 9
Other: (please specify)End of Trimester examination - Selected from all objectives 1 - 9
Contact HoursLecture: for 40 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Program ComponentPrior Successful completion of OHSE2630 and ENVS2620.
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Environmental & Occupational Health and Safety program.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for OHSE2640