Occupational Hygiene and Toxicology
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.
- Semester 1 - 2016
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 hygiene;
- Key terms and concepts in toxicology;
- Toxico-kinetics, toxico-dynamics and toxicological interactions;
- Overview of toxciological 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.
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.
In Term Test: Essay/Written Assignment (Online Test)
Written Assignment: Essay/Written Assignment
Formal Examination: Exam
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.