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 2014

UoN SingaporeTrimester 3
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
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 KnowledgeThere is no assumed knowledge required for this course
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
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for OHSE2640