Occupational Hygiene & Toxicology

Course code OHSE6020Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

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.

Available in 2015

WebLearn GradSchoolSemester 1
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:
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.
Replacing Course(s)n/a
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeStudents 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.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
External Mode
Teaching MethodsSelf Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssignment 2
Examination: FormalEnd of semester examination
Quiz - On-lineAssignment 1
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for OHSE6020