Hygiene and Toxicology I
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.
- Trimester 3 - 2016 (Singapore)
On successful completion 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:
- 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.
This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Environmental & Occupational Health and Safety program. Pre-requisite - successful completion of OHSE2630 and ENVS2620.
Written Assignment: Written Assignment
In Term Test: Occupational Hygiene Test
Formal Examination: Examination: Formal
Face to Face On Campus 40 hour(s) per Term
Contact hours are not regular or on a weekly basis, since delivery will take place on some week-ends and evenings, ie, there will be some intensive block teaching. Total face to face contact will be 36 - 40 hours.