Available in 2017, 2018
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


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.

Availability2017 Course Timetables

PSB Singapore

  • Trimester 3 - 2017 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2018 (Singapore)

Learning outcomes

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.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written Assignment

In Term Test: Occupational Hygiene Test

Formal Examination: Examination: Formal

In Term Test: Toxicology Test

Contact hours

PSB Singapore


Face to Face On Campus 40 hour(s) per Term Full 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.